David Gough, who refereed the drawn ” he felt no tension when officiating the greatest game of this year.
Much of the attention in the build-up to the game was together with a few pundits suggesting as he is situated in Dublin he shouldn’t have been appointed.
When 3:30pm on September 1 came, he felt no stress.
“It is actually any other game,” Gough told The Six O’Clock Show.
“I’d spent the week beforehand with a sports psychologist who’d prepared me for this moment. He just made it like any other game.
“[The GAA] have contributed referees accessibility to sports pros in the last number of years. It is huge for us that we are in a position to go and visualise things in matches that will help us prepare for the sport. We do need this, and it is a excellent tool to have in our pockets.
“I just could not wait to get on the pitch and then toss up the ball. Everything else fades into the background after that. The noise in the stadium, the entire capacity, you don’t detect anything. You’ve 70 to 80 minutes of concentration. You see numbers, colors, jerseys. You do not even recognise the gamers, so that I did not feel any pressure going whatsoever.”
The common consensus following the game had been that he made the perfect calls for the large decisions, but Gough made it obvious he doesn’t pay attention to the opinions of anybody.
He explained:”I do not listen to any of this analysis. I don’t watch back the match with any analysts’ comment. I watch back the game myself, with my mic played it which is given to us by Croke Park. So I don’t get trapped in any of the comment whatsoever.
“It is really nice for me personally to be able to sit down and see a game and concentrate on everything I did and that which I played, how I talked to the players and how they talked to me.”
Cork’s Conor Lane will take charge of the replay on Saturday.
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