Tuesday 26 September 2017

'That's not good enough' - Jim Gavin demands more from his players following All Ireland final draw

Dublin manager Jim Gavin, left, and Mayo manager Stephen Rochford, right, shake hands
Dublin manager Jim Gavin, left, and Mayo manager Stephen Rochford, right, shake hands

Ger Keville and Michael Verney

Jim Gavin has demanded more from his players following a lacklustre Dublin performance in today's All Ireland final draw with Mayo.

Jim Gavin has demanded more from his players following a lacklustre Dublin performance in today's All Ireland final draw with Mayo.he Dublin forwards had a day to forget with only five points from their tally of 2-9 coming from play while the two goals were courtesy of Mayo players  who put the ball through their own net.

The sides will meet again on Saturday, October 1, at 5pm and Gavin knows his men need to improve on a scrappy display in Croke Park today.

“Yeah, just delighted to be still in the Championship. After that performance, we didn’t really deserve to win today and we’re just happy to be leaving the ground this evening with the opportunity to try and go at it again in two weeks' time," said Gavin after the match.

“It’s not to the standards that we would go after. Playing a really good Mayo team, as we saw.

“We knew there was only going to be the bounce of a ball, which there was. So obviously that first quarter of the second-half, when they came strong at us.

“But our guys showed great mental resolve to hang in there and push on again. We pushed on…went three points up the in the last 10 but Mayo are a really good side.

“But I think over the expanse of the game, the full 70 minutes, we didn’t…we just didn’t perform to our standards. We didn’t deserve to win."

The Dubs boss also admitted that luck was on their side.

“Yeah, absolutely. The luck was certainly with us today. And we’ll certainly acknowledge that. We got those two bounces of the ball.

“We’re just lucky. Lucky to be in the competition.”

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