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Gavin Disappointed But Insists Weight Of Expectation Not An Excuse

Jim Gavin was visibly disappointed as he entered the press room yesterday following Dublin’s draw with Kerry in the All-Ireland final. 

The Dublin manager was his usual coy-self, sprinkled with a little touch of frustration as Dublin had it, then lost it, before nearly having it again.

Gavin admitted he was disappointed with the Dublin performance but pleased with the resilience shown by his players.

“Just disappointed with our performance, that’s the overriding thought,” said Gavin.

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“The resilience the Dublin players showed to be on the ropes as such and to still to keep moving and keep creating scoring chances, keep turning the ball over, that’s obviously the impressive piece.

“But overall in the expanse of the game, just not good enough from the standards the players set for themselves, not what I set for them. I know when they reflect they’ll have a lot to say and all we’ve done today by getting a draw is give ourselves an opportunity to come out again here in 13 days and hopefully get a better performance and if we can do that hopefully we’ll be there or thereabouts at the end of the game. This performance wasn’t good enough to get the result, we have the opportunity now to rectify that.”

Despite their poor performance in Gavin’s eyes, he still believed that lady luck fell on the wrong side of Dublin throughout the match.

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Dublin lost Jonny Cooper to a red card on the stroke of half-time for persistent fouling on David Clifford, while Tom O’Sullivan escaped a second yellow in the second for a what looked like a similar foul.

“We didn’t get the rub of the green in that regard but that happens in games, some days you get those calls and some days you don’t. That’s the way it is. We dust ourselves down and prepare as best we can for another game.

“It’s hard to know. Both players (Cooper and David Clifford) were grappling. In the second half we could have gotten one or two calls which could have gone our way, they didn’t, so you just dust yourself down and go again.

“I thought he was doing okay. David Clifford is a fantastic player. There seemed to be (pressure) from the outside, but David Gough is one of the top officials in the game.”

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“Some days the calls go for you, in that instance (O’Sullivan) it went against us but overall you wouldn’t be looking at that as an excuse, it’s just the performance from ourselves wasn’t good enough.”

Overall, while Gavin was disappointed with the result he was adamant that Dublin were not weighed down by what was on the line in yesterday’s game.

“From our perspective, every day that we go out, no more so than today, it’s about trying to perform to the best of your ability. It wasn’t good enough today, simple as that.

“Can have no excuses for it, so we just need to go away and try and learn from it and come back the next day and perform to our best representing Dublin. That’s the way we’ve always looked at it. It’ll make no difference in 13 days.”

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Author: Michael Corry

Sports Journalist born in Armagh, based in Dublin. Interested in feature writing and listening to unique, engaging stories. Up for the craic too. Email: Twitter: @MickCorryPA Instagram: @Corry_10