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Dublin manager Jim Gavin pictured at Croke Park on All Ireland SFC Final day.
Dublin manager Jim Gavin pictured at Croke Park on All Ireland SFC Final day.

Jim Gavin delighted with Dublin's resilience

By Cian O'Connell

Dublin manager Jim Gavin believes the All Ireland champions have significant scope for improvement.

In his press briefing following the dramatic draw with Kerry at Croke Park Gavin gave his post match appraisal.

"The performance wasn’t good enough to get the result, we have the opportunity now to rectify that," Gavin remarked.

Kerry posed several demanding questions, but Dublin still found a way to survive despite the first half dismissal of Jonny Copper.

"We played well in patches of the first half," Gavin admitted. "We went five points up and they got a point relating from that sending off, pushed ahead and we went five up in the second."

What pleased Gavin most of all, though, was the manner in which Dublin responded after falling behind in the closing stages.

"The guys, we know them well and they are mentally very strong, great mental reserve there — a resilient football team," Gavin added. 

"A point down with 72 minutes on the clock, the perception might have been that the game has gone away from them. 

"All credit to the Dublin players, they tackled and kept their discipline and turned Kerry over, and created opportunities for themselves — could have taken one or two more. 

"We didn’t and that’s the disappointing thing, so we’ll have to reflect as best we can and move onto the next game."

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