Pressure is on Kerry, says Hughes

July 19, 2018

Monaghan's Darren Hughes and Kieran Donaghy of Kerry.
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Monaghan midfielder Darren Hughes says the pressure is all on Kerry to deliver when the two sides cross swords in Clones this Sunday.

Malachy O'Rourke's team could potentially eliminate the Kingdom from the All-Ireland championship on their home turf this weekend and Hughes says it'll be vital for the Farney men to continuing upping their performances if they are to reach a first semi-final in 30 years.

"It's great. We have two points on the board, the pressure is on them to show what they're made of," the Scotstown is quoted saying by The Irish News. "We fear no-one. We've played all these teams and we've beaten them in the last few years so we know on our day, if we get the performance levels right, that we'll not be far away. It's important to continue that.

"We know it's a different proposition come championship, it's a big step up between league and championship, but we feel we've been a consistent enough team in championship over the last few years too.

"Any time we've been beaten it's only been a point or two, bar the Dubs. We've always been competitive otherwise - but when we look back, we probably haven't performed to our potential on the bigger days. It's about striving, we're testing ourselves every day we go out - and we still feel that there's a bit more left in us.

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