PAT FLANAGAN has warned his Westmeath troops that they face a "crucifixion" at the hands of Dublin if they drop their guard in their Leinster SFC quarter-final tie on Saturday week.
"If we fear Dublin or stand off them they're going to crucify us and we can't afford to do that," stressed Flanagan after his team had swatted away Carlow with a 11-point win in Mullingar.
"We have to stay in the game and not let them dictate the pace. That's the biggest problem," Flanagan insisted.
"The whole idea when we started this year was to get into fellas' heads and have them believe and think that they can achieve anything.
"I don't want to keep repeating myself, but not too many would have given us a chance of coming out of Division 2. That was a huge boost for us and it'll depend a lot on our mentality and what we can bring to the game."
Tickets for the June 1 double-header (which features Kildare versus Offaly as its curtain-raiser at 5.0 ahead of a 7.0 throw-in) are on sale at www.tickets.ie and from club outlets and will be available at the GAA's Ticket Office on Dorset Street from Monday, May 27.
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