Meyler has too much respect for Westmeath to look ahead to Kilkenny

Meyler has too much respect for Westmeath to look ahead to Kilkenny
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THERE will be no complacency in the Cork camp for Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling qualifier with Westmeath in Mullingar, according to team boss John Meyler.

Cork are overwhelming favourites to progress to a quarter-final clash with Kilkenny a week later but Meyler will give Sunday’s opponents every respect.

“I have been around long enough now with teams like Carlow and Kerry and my knowledge of Westmeath would be good.

“They had men like Michael Ryan, Kilkenny’s Michael Walsh and now Joe Quaid involved with them over the past few years and those fellows would have brought them on a lot.

“They have been in the last two Joe McDonagh cup finals and they beat Kilkenny in the Leinster U21 championship a few years ago and Sunday’s side would be backboned by a lot of those players.

“I saw them last Sunday against Laois in Croke Park and it was a close enough game for 60 minutes until Laois got away from them in the end." 

It’s been three weeks since Cork’s last outing against Clare in Munster and Cork have used that time well, according to Meyler.

“Things went well for us in so far as we were able to address issues that came up during the four games in the round-robin series.

“It gave us the time and the opportunity to right some of those wrongs and we had that time because we were not in the Munster final." 

The Cork boss does not go along with the suggestion that the game with the Lake County might present the opportunity to experiment that bit more.

“No, that won’t be the case. Look, there are eight counties left in the championship now and you have to treat every game the same way.

“We won’t be experimenting for the sake of it and whilst everybody wants to play, our policy is to play championship games with our strongest teams and we won’t be doing anything different here."

On the injury front, Meyler revealed that Colm Spillane remains out of the equation while the situation with Aidan Walsh’s finger injury is continuously being monitored by the medical people.

“We’d be hopeful he’d be available for the next game if we do manage to defeat Westmeath on Sunday."

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