Dublin's habit of slow starts in their recent Allianz Football League games shouldn't be something to concern their supporters, says Colm O'Rourke, adding that it's only a "temporary thing".

The art of escapology was seen to great effect when the Dubs came from ten points down to force a draw against Monaghan on 8 February.

Back at Croke Park on Saturday evening last against Donegal, the deficit to claw back was not as steep, but still Dessie Farrell's troops had to dig it out in nabbing a one-point victory come the final whistle.

Aftewards, Farrell told RTÉ Sport that the early slumber is something he is keen to address

O'Rourke, however, speaking on the RTÉ GAA Podcast, believes Dublin haven't found their groove yet but will soon be a fully oiled machine.

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With his tongue in his cheek, while also being serious in relation to those who wish to take the Dubs down, the two-time All-Ireland winner said: "There is no hope for anybody else. You might as well give up the ghost now. This is only a half a Dublin team."

Expanding on the latter comment, O'Rourke added: "The likes of Seán Bugler, Liam Flatman and Aaron Byrne and others are getting games. Trying fellas out.

Paul Mannion goaled for Dublin in the win over Donegal 

"Wait until Jack McCaffrey, Philly McMahon, Cian O'Sullivan come back. Con O'Callaghan is missing from the forward line. Paul Mannion looks a bit strong at the moment which is a nice way of saying he's unfit.

"You just wait until they all get going again. They seem to be as hungry as ever. They are just incredible in the way they won't give up on anything.

"The were 10 down against Monaghan, five points down against Donegal. I really admire the way they get the bit between their teeth when they are struggling and push on. They have a marvellous attitude. You can't put that in a team. It comes from each individual."

"As for the slow starts, it's a temporary thing. When the heat is turned up, they start getting good. It (slow starts) will have no relevance later in the year."      

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