Axe has given me the kick I needed, admits Macauley
Dublin midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley has revealed his surprise omission from the starting team that saw off Fermanagh in the All-Ireland quarter-final last weekend has given him a "kick".
It was the first time Macauley has been overlooked for a match of significance when fit since making the breakthrough under Pat Gilroy in 2010.
"You just kind of have to get on with it," said the Ballyboden man.
"Maybe it's a bit of a wake-up, if it was possibly needed. It's definitely given me a bit of a kick that I didn't think I needed, but maybe I did."
Brian Fenton has emerged this year to nail down a midfield spot beside Denis Bastick.
And now Macauley - Footballer of the Year in 2013 - has less than four weeks to reclaim his spot in the side before the Dubs take on the winners of this weekend's clash between Mayo and Donegal.
"No one should just be happy with getting onto the Dublin squad," he added.
"No-one should just be happy getting into the 26. Lads shouldn't be happy until they have that starting jersey.
"And that's the kind of culture we've always tried to breed within the Dublin team.
"Anyone who is happy just getting their gear bag or is happy telling people they made the 26 or telling people they made the 35 at the start of the year, there's just no space for them on the Dublin team.
"They can take their gear and good luck. Because it's no use to us if lads are too comfortable.
"If Brian Fenton was happy sitting as No 26 on the bench, it would be no use to us. Because we need that standard being driven all the time."