Jim McGuinness was pleased to hear honest and fired up comments from those within the Dublin panel after their championship opener against Wexford.
Dublin proved to be far too good for Wexford as they claimed a 23-point victory in their Leinster Championship quarter-final, having suffered relegation from Division One of the Allianz Leagues a month beforehand.
Although Dublin have a long way to go in making up for their relegation, the performance and comments from Dessie Farrell and Brian Fenton after the win against Wexford shows they are determined to right the wrongs.
Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was speaking on Sky Sports and admitted that he liked what he saw from Dublin on the pitch and what he heard coming from their camp.
Jim McGuinness on Dublin’s reaction to relegation.
“It’s nice to hear it as well because most of that stuff is behind the dressing room door. So it’s really nice to hear the manager say that and Brian Fenton say that,” McGuinness commented.
“For me, the biggest thing to take away from tonight is the tempo at which they played and the tempo of the offence. It’s moving very fast, it’s very quick, slick hand passing, back doors, switches of play, injections. They’re all working in unison.
“So that was the biggest thing for me to take away – how would you handle that? If you’re going away to think about that now as a manager in the stands, there’s a bit of head scratching to be done.
“That’s probably the best compliment we can give them.”
🗣️”The signs are there that they’re moving along nicely…”
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— Sky Sports GAA (@SkySportsGAA) May 2, 2022
Next up for the Dubs is a meeting with Meath.
Dublin would always have been expected to comfortably beat Wexford, although Meath should provide them with a greater challenge in the Leinster semi-final.
Meath will be somewhat disappointed with how they performed in the league, although they did comfortably avoid relegation from Division Two, while they will be happier with their 10-point defeat of Wicklow in the Leinster Championship.
It’s been 12 long years since Meath beat Dublin in the championship, although they will have taken heart from last year’s six-point defeat to their fierce rivals.
Dublin meanwhile will be aiming to make another statement against the Royals, to put to bed any doubts that they are still the kingpins of Leinster ahead of a likely final showdown with Kildare.