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Jim Gavin: Room for improvement
26 Apr 2015 23:11
Manager Jim Gavin has praised his players’ overall performance in their Allianz Football League Division 1 win over Cork, but warns that they cannot afford to concede goals like those in the final if they are to thrive in the championship.
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Dublin ran out convincing 1-21 to 2-07 winners over a disappointing Cork side, and were in control of the game from start to finish.
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However, speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, Gavin identified room for improvement in the Dublin performance. Although he admitted they had been effective in scoring, he voiced disappointment at the concession of the two goals.
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“We went after it, to try and be a bit more clinical,” Gavin said. “We would be disappointed, if I’m honest, with the goals we’ve conceded; that won’t be good enough, going forward, and in five weeks’ time we’ve got championship.
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“Players go back to the clubs now for two weeks, and then we’ve got three weeks to prepare for championship. So, we’ll enjoy this evening and [then] look forward to the championship.”
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Gavin denied that Dublin had adopted a more defensive approach this season, insisting his side prided themselves on this element of their game, but said they would continue to play an open, attacking style when this was possible.
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“Defence is part of every team’s game plan, and it’s no different for Dublin, despite there being a perception that we’re maybe very cavalier and off-the-cuff," he said.
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“We pride ourselves on our defence, we worked very hard on it, and it showed in patches there today.
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“But offensively, we do, if we can, try to and play an expansive game, and there were some good moves there.”
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Dublin have used 35 players throughout the League campaign, and Gavin said this was a sign of the appetite of the players to represent Dublin.
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“There’s a great enthusiasm amongst the players to represent their county. Any day they take to the field wearing a county jersey we just ask them to represent their parishes, clubs, and be the best they can be.
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“Sometimes it works for them, and we got a bit of a performance today, which we’re happy with, and we’re delighted that we got the result.”
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