NO - As a general approach, no I do not think we should adopt the Donegal model. I go to the games and I want to be entertained and watch good football. It's easy for bandwagon fans to say winning cups is all that counts but winning cups are the rare cherries on the cake. You have to be able to enjoy the football and enjoy the victories in themselves. But there is room for flair and room for attack in all game plans.
certainly at the weekend I am annoyed about our silly attitude and total lack of sense in approaching the game with no variation in strategy.
Our tactics were naive, almost like school-boyish. We fell 4 points behind and felt we needed to fight right back, we charged up the pitch, Cork struck into our now wide open spaces, so we charged up the pitch and Cork struck again into our wide open spaces, so we charged up the pitch....!!!
The naivety really disturbs me, talent only gets you so far (top 8, and indeed that's where we are). Shrewdness is what wins the big games. After falling behind we should have dropped back, accepted the deficit, possessed the ball, not allowed Cork to have it and most importantly prevented them from scoring at all costs. We should have battened down the hatches and held our position. Just packed the defence and closed them down.
After the momentum had been taken out of Cork, they would have started chasing us and become frustrated, they would have committed more forward in search of the ball, we then would have struck into THEIR open spaces. Four point deficit is nothing, a few well placed balls and bang-bang suddenly we have clawed it back. Sadly this Down team has never shown patience and they have no cuteness that the top teams have. If we were more astute then we would be challenging and beating top teams but with our up-and-attem approach and laissez-faire defending we will beat everyone except the top five.