Kerry selector Mikey Sheehy has warned the Kingdom that they will face a “hosing” from Dublin if they do not improve their overall performance in the All-Ireland Football Championship semi-final.
After taking a 0-11 to 0-02 lead at half-time, Kerry once again failed to build on a strong first half display as they let Cavan back into the game in Croke Park.
The Ulster side missed many opportunities to reduce the lead in the closing stages, while Eamonn Fitzmaurice saw his side muster just four points in the second half.
Sheehy admitted they had repeated their mistakes from the Munster final against Cork.
He told RTÉ Sport: “There are mixed feeling really. The first half was very good. We did exactly what we wanted to do and went in in a comfortable position.
“We emphasised to the lads at half-time that we lost our shape in the second half in the Munster final and we didn't want it to happen but unfortunately it did.
“We were hanging on there in the end. I'll be honest and truthful with you, Cavan, if they had taken some of those chances they missed, it would have been much tighter in the finish.”
Kerry have looked a slick and potent force in parts of this year’s Championship, but continue to be let down by a complacency that will make Dublin favourites for the upcoming semi-final on 1 September.
Sheehy has described the trait in Kerry’s play as a “ferocious worry” as they aim to reach the All-Ireland decider.
“We struggled to get the ball up the field in the second half during periods and particularly in the forward line. We seemed to lose our shape totally. We found it difficult to cope with their short kick out and they drove from defence."
"But as I said, if we play like that, particular as we did in the second half, we will get a hosing" - Mikey Sheehy
“Eamonn emphasised to the boys harping back to the Munster final performance and we didn't want it to happen again. It was a replication of that day and it was a ferocious worry for us going forward.
“Form probably goes out the window when you have Kerry playing Dublin.
"I'm not trying to be a smart Kerry man. If you were to judge both performances, Dublin last night and us today, we wouldn't have a chance in hell.
“But tactically today was a totally different game to last night. Cavan set up very defensively. Dublin, in fairness to them, don't play that way. It will be a fascinating game. But as I said, if we play like that, particular as we did in the second half, we will get a hosing.
“I'd be lying to you if I said we were happy. We were happy with the first half performance, we are happy to be in an All-Ireland semi-final, but the second half performance just would not do."