Jim Gavin says he won't be afraid to try out different systems of play with his new Dublin charges.

The manager saw his side record a seven-point win over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park, with Robbie McCarthy, Diarmuid Connolly and Paddy Quinn all scoring goals in an impressive 3-13 to 1-12 win.

Gavin told RTÉ Sport: “At the moment we’re trying various systems of play. For the defence, they set themselves up very solidly. There were some consistent performances and lots of areas for improvement.”

“We like to use the foot-pass, we like to push the ball along but it is just one of many game plans we will have during the season, something we tried out today.”

"We like to use the foot-pass, we like to push the ball along" - Jim Gavin

The former Dublin Under-21 coach was also pleased with the effort from opponents Carlow, who pushed the visitors all the way.

“Anthony Rainbow is in charge of Carlow and they are very fit and play a nice attractive brand of football,” he said.

“Any time I have played a Carlow side at underage or senior, it has always been quite difficult. That game was very competitive. It was a very bright start from both sides so [it was] a good work-out.

“It is great to get the guys on the park. It is week one of the year and to get a very competitive game like this against a very good Carlow side was worthwhile.

“We got the result. It was probably an inconsistent performance on our behalf but a result nonetheless. It gives us lots of areas to work on, which is good for this time of year.”