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Gavin: Donegal were simply better
01 Sep 2014 12:12
Dublin manager Jim Gavin was offering no excuses following his side's defeat to Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.
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The Dubs were the hottest of hot favourites to advance to the decider and even though they began well, goals either side of half-time from Ryan McHugh were the launching pad for Jim McGuinness' side to carve out a famous win.
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"We were beaten by a better Donegal team on the day," was Gavin's immediate reaction when he spoke to RTÉ Sport.
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"They controlled the ball very well and put us under a lot of pressure and went hard at us. They took their goal chances and that's a credit to how they set themselves up. They were justifiable winners.
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Gavin did praise the efforts of his own players and their willingness to keep going until the final whistle.
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"I'm just disappointed for the players, he added.
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"The level of preparation they put into this game was phenomenal and I couldn't question their determination, their commitment or their resolve to the bitter end, to keep going."
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The Dublin boss also paid tribute to his Donegal counterpart.
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"I have the height of respect for Jim {McGuinness} and what he has achieved.
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"We've had some great clashes down the years and I wish him the best of luck in the All-Ireland final. It will be a cracking game between themselves and Kerry and may the best team win."
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