Former Kilkenny player and hurling legend turned analyst Jackie Tyrrell believes Wexford’s sweeper system is outdated and that a change in direction is needed in order to advance.
Speaking on RTE’s The Sunday Game last night, the former Kilkenny defender didn’t beat behind the bush, but instead, he cut straight to the point and slammed Wexford’s continuous use of an outdated sweeper system:
“They had a very good year last year and this year, I feel they just stagnated.”
“I was at the last round of the round robin when they played Kilkenny. And I left that night after Wexford had coughed up a nine-point lead and I said, ‘the sweeper has actually been buried tonight in Nowlan Park”.
“I just feel it’s a dated system. It has brought Wexford to a certain level. The top teams now know how to beat it. We’ve seen Kilkenny know how to beat it, Tipperary, Clare know how to beat it now.”
“So…I feel that they need a new direction. They need something fresh. We’ve seen examples of where Sean Murphy (usually employed as a sweeper) can just be taken out of the game.”
“So, Wexford are probably at a crossroads right now.”