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Jim Gavin: Collective ethos important for Dublin

Updated: Monday, 30 Jun 2014 19:11 | Comments

For the third year running Dublin will face Meath in the Leinster final
For the third year running Dublin will face Meath in the Leinster final

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Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has stressed that every player is a key component of the current squad as the county strives for more success in 2014.

Gavin was speaking in the aftermath of the victory over Wexford which saw Dublin march on to a fourth consecutive Leinster final.

It was put to him the contribution made by the six substitutes in the win over the Slaneysiders. Cormac Costelloe, Eoghan O’Gara, Jack McCaffrey, Tomás Brady, Michael Fitzsimons and Bryan Cullen all made an impact in the 16-point success.

However, the Dubs supremo did not single any one player out when he spoke to RTÉ Sport.

He said: “It doesn’t come in to our language at all whether guys start or finish.

“The collective ethos among the group is our strength. In our dressing room after the game it was the guys who didn’t get game time that were the most vocal. Everybody pushes each other on.

“What’s more important is that Dublin win and the county wins. It makes the job of the management that bit easier when we know collectively the players want the team to win.

"It’s a great attribute that they have.”

"What’s more important is that Dublin win and the county wins" - Jim Gavin

Looking ahead to the provincial decider, Gavin admitted his focus has not been on Meath at all this summer.

“If I’m honest, we haven’t really looked at Meath so far in the championship. All our focus in the last three weeks' was on Wexford.

"We need to switch it now towards Meath. They would have had a good view of our game against Wexford so we have a bit of catching up to do in that regard.

"The form of the two teams going into the Leinster final is irrelevant. It’s a two-horse race. May the best team win!” 

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