bastick's warning for dubs

'No back door, no mistakes' veteran midfielder reminds

Conor McKeon

AS Dublin's potential All-Ireland quarter-final picture begins to become clearer, Denis Bastick has warned "we're out on our arses if we mess up".

The Dubs' Leinster Championship success on Sunday and yesterday's qualifier draw means the likelihood now is that Jim Gavin's team will play the losers of Saturday's Munster SFC replay between southern heavyweights Kerry and Cork.

Kildare and Fermanagh are the possible alternatives for a last-eight match which will take place on the weekend of the August Bank Holiday.

"Now we're into real Championship football," Bastick insisted.

"No back door. No mistakes. This is it.

"The season kind of comes in two phases," the veteran midfielder continued.

"Part one is finished now and it's just about going forward now and seeing how we can do in the second part."

Of the benefits of going through to the All-Ireland series as provincial champions for the fifth successive year, Bastick added: "You know exactly when the next games are. So it's good from a training point of view.

"You can pace that out. You know exactly where you are.

"You have less games in the front door and look ahead. So that's the way you want to go."