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Stephen Rochford expecting a huge performance from 'carefree' Kerry

With Dublin going for five in a row this Sunday, all the pressure seems to be on the Dubs. Accord...



Stephen Rochford expecting a h...
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Stephen Rochford expecting a huge performance from 'carefree' Kerry

With Dublin going for five in a row this Sunday, all the pressure seems to be on the Dubs. According to Stephen Rochford, it's something that Kerry can take advantage of.

Speaking on Thursday’s OTB Live Drive for Five special, the former Mayo manager said this Kerry team will go into the game with no fear.

"The closer we get to the weekend I just have this feeling that this young bunch will also go in carefree.

"There is a lot of them that have a damn good record at Croke Park as well.

"I don't think they're going to be bogged down on the day with any sort of expectation or nerves.

"While all logic points to a Dublin win, I am expecting a huge performance from Kerry," Rochford said.

Few people expected Kerry to get to the All-Ireland final this year, but Rochford thinks they have shown improvement throughout the season.

Upward trajectory 

"In fairness to them, they have been a fairly consistent team this season you know their performances throughout the National League.

"They maybe didn't perform at the level which they would have liked against Cork, but Cork aren't a bad team.

"What I thought I have seen from the Munster final on is a nice upward trajectory. If there is one place to have your best performance, it is Croke Park on All-Ireland final day," the Donegal coaching assistant said.

All he is hoping for Sunday is that we get a tight contest between two fierce rivals in Kerry and Dublin.

"When it comes down to it then maybe the Dublin experience gets them over the line.

"It would be great though to see us going into the real home straight with a nip and tuck game in front of us," he said.

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