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Jim Gavin: “We’ll Play In O’Toole Park, Parnell Park, Any Other Park”

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Dublin restored some order to the Gaelic footballing landscape yesterday evening with an assured eight-point victory over Mayo in Croke Park.

The All-Ireland champions dominated proceedings from the first whistle onwards and manager Jim Gavin admitted he was satisfied with what he described as a ‘workmanlike’ performance.

“Yeah, I think we’ve got to be satisfied at the fact, with the workmanlike performance from the players, I thought they were tremendous from the very first ball, we created a lot of scoring opportunities in the game which is very, very pleasing. Obviously, we got the two points, so we’re happy with that.”

Cormac Costello once again put in an accomplished performance in what is turning out to be a very fruitful start to the season for the Whitehall Colmcille’s man.

Gavind admitted as such, putting Costello’s early season form down to how hard he worked in the off-season, whilst also citing that the silky forward does more than just score.

“Well, Cormac worked really hard on the off-season. So, he’s very fresh and he’s obviously very fit now so, that’s great to see and like he’s a very skilful player, he works hard at the skills of the game. But, above all, he’s a team player, I thought he set-up some great scores and gave some great assists during the game, so from a team context we’re happy.”

The nature of Dublin’s performance was particularly impressive given that a lot has been said about their ‘rocky’ start to this year’s league campaign.

Dublin lost to Kerry two weeks ago in a classic encounter down in Tralee and Gavin highlighted that game as having brought the team on despite the fact they lost.

However, just like they never got carried away with defeat to Kerry, they won’t get carried away with this win as the attention turns to Dr Hyde Park and Roscommon in Round Five.

“Ah yeah, I think so, look it was a fantastic game, the guys really enjoyed it, obviously disappointed to go home without the two points but in terms of fitness wise that would have brought them on, then the two-week break we had, you know, some guys played club games last weekend as well so, yeah that’s just part of it. Again, we’ll take tonight’s victory in context, I think all teams are slowly building up as well, so but that’s it we’re pleased with the performance.” Gavin said

“Our concentration now is on Roscommon and trying to get a performance there as best we can, it’s  going to be a tough game down there and that’s just where our focus is and we just take it one game at a time as we always have in previous seasons, games have gone with us and gone against us, you know it’s a really competitive league and you have to be on song for each of the games you play. As I said, our focus will shift to Roscommon and that’s just were our eyes will be.”

The big news heading into last night’s game was Congress’ decision to uphold Croke Park as Dublin’s home venue. The motion to move Dublin out of Croke Park was condemned by John Costello who described it as ‘divisive and mean-spirited’.

Gavin took a more diplomatic approach citing that his job is to simply manage the team which is a privilege no matter what ground they play in.

“Well, that’s John Costello’s remit, he’s our county board secretary so he represents the county, Dublin GAA. My job, my role is the manager of Dublin senior football team so, I’ve always let the administrators and officials do their job and I’ll do mine to the best of my ability.” Gavin said.

“It’s just a privilege to represent Dublin, it’s a privilege to work with these players, we’ll play in O’Toole Park, Parnell Park, any other Park, we’re just delighted to be able to get the opportunity to be involved with this team.

“I think if we would have played the game down in Tralee two weeks ago up here, I think the game would still have been the great game that it was and the result would be the same. So, we’ll play anywhere, I’ve no particular view on where we play, we’ll just turn up and do our best.”

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