John Meyler’s charges head to Limerick this Sunday as outsiders following their efforts at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. O’Sullivan, a columnist with Paddy Power News, is expecting the Rebels to come out fighting after the “bubble burst” against the Premier.
"The Eamon O'Shea rotation system for Tipperary was well flagged for Cork heading into this game, including by me. Cork just couldn't handle it!
"That being said I thought Cork's full-back line performed admirably, especially Eoin Cadogan and Niall O'Leary. Tipp's movement had Cork in all sorts of trouble, take the second goal; Bubbles stood for the best part of 10 seconds on his own on the Cork 13-yard line with no Cork defender around him, no one knew he was there except Anthony Nash.
"It's unforgivable at inter-county level to leave Bubbles alone around the square for that long though. He just drifted in there, he was someone's man and someone in the Cork set-up will have to put their hands up and say 'I just didn't track him'."
That was an issue during the league, with Tony Kelly doing serious damage for Clare drifting away from Tim O'Mahony at centre-back.
"I think it was quite evident that it happened again. It also highlighted the importance of Bill Cooper, who was injured in the warm-up, to the Cork team. Cooper identifies where the problem is and plugs the gap. I'm not sure what Mark Ellis' story is in relation to the squad, but Mark was always good at recognising that issue as well. Bill Cooper wasn't there to bail them out."
“Seamus Harnedy got 1-2, but to be honest, I thought he went missing for a lot of the game. I’d actually rate Shane Kingston higher than him.
"Kingston finished with three points and was fouled on numerous occasion. He also got no reward from the officials as more fouls on him went unpunished, but at least he carried a threat. Harnedy got a point in the first minute, a goal with five minutes to go and a point somewhere in between - where was he for the rest of it?
“The rest of the forwards were ineffective and that’s very worrying. Tipperary also stifled Cork’s puck-outs and that was due to the unselfish work of their forwards. Conor Lehane also need to stand up next Sunday.”