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Dublin manager Jim Gavin speaks of concern over 'ruthless and efficent' Kerry

Updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 15:28 | Comments

Jim Gavin's side take on Kerry on Sunday
Jim Gavin's side take on Kerry on Sunday

Dublin manager Jim Gavin feels Kerry have been “ruthless and efficient” so far in the All-Ireland Football Championship.

The counties meet on Sunday in Croke Park in an intriguing semi-final, with doubt cast over the Kingdom’s ability to produce a consistent performance over 70 minutes after unconvincing wins over Cork and Cavan.

But the Dublin manager does not see a huge weakness in Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men.

Gavin said: "I think Kerry were ruthless and efficient when they played Cork in the Munster final and again when they played Cavan.

"They have so much experience within their squad. Some guys have five All-Ireland medals, some guys have four and many, many National Leagues and All Stars.

"This Kerry team know what this part of the season is all about. They have timed their run perfectly."

"I wouldn't call it easing off. I would call it control." - Jim Gavin on Kerry's road to the semi-final

Gavin added: "Kerry's overall movement, the harmony they had up front, their scoring ability and tightness at the back, they really squeezed the life out of Cork.

"Cork came back in the second half but they didn't have much of a choice. Again against Cavan, despite what people might say, Kerry were ruthless and that game was over after 20 minutes.

"That is no disrespect to Cavan, Kerry just knew to go through the gears and get over the line. They know what it takes to win these games and they know what it is to be in an All-Ireland semi-final.

"I think they controlled the games. I wouldn't call it easing off. I would call it control. They got great starts in both of the games, were absolutely ruthless against Cork, very ruthless against Cavan and they squeezed the life out of them.

"Their defence structure has changed this year and they set themselves up quite well to absorb that pressure either Cavan or Cork gave against them. We are under no illusions in Dublin of what the task will be in the semi-final."

Live television coverage of Roscommon v Tyrone (minor) and Dublin v Kerry (senior) from 13:15 on Sunday 1 September on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage of all the day’s action from 14:00 on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ RnaG and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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