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McManamon baffled by notion of 'not going for it'

KEVIN McMANAMON is "baffled" by the notion that Dublin won't be going all out for an Allianz Football League hat-trick this spring.

The Sky Blues have already shown their early-season resolve - no one more so than 'Man of the Match' McManamon - by staving off a Kildare fightback to claim the O'Byrne Cup after extra-time on Sunday.

"I only played three of the games but I've gotten a lot out of it," he said of Dublin's pre-season campaign.

"The O'Byrne Cup is how I broke into the Dublin team in 2010 and I would never take it for granted. I woke up (on Sunday) morning and said to myself, 'How serious would you take this if it was 2010?' and I tried to bring that into the game.

"One of the lads said any time you put on a Dublin jersey it's very special and you have that legacy that you're carrying on. It is very important that we got the win, that we came up and gave a good account of ourselves in front of the fans."

McManamon will carry that same attitude into Dublin's Division One campaign, starting with Sunday's trip to Cork. "I don't know what people would do other than go for it, try and win every game. It baffles me when people think teams don't. Teams don't throw games, they go and put out their best team on the field," he stressed.

There is another motivation, particular to next Sunday's Páirc Uí Rinn clash: Dublin's historic inability to win on Leeside, dating back decades. "Maybe something like that will fire you up a small bit but it hasn't been said in our dressing-room," McManamon insisted.

"Some managers use those kind of things to get a bit of a gee-up - we try to be more self-motivated in terms of getting systems and tactics right. Beating Cork in Cork, it adds that bit of feistiness ... it would be nice to break that record."

Nicky Devereux (hamstring twinge) is a slight injury concern.


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