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Philly: We've lots to improve

DUBLIN have been installed as 1/10 favourites in a two-horse race with Donegal - and still they're not entirely happy with their performance graph ahead of an All-Ireland semi-final date with the 2012 champions in three weeks' time.

The odds on Jim Gavin's men going back-to-back have further shortened in the wake of Saturday's 17-point quarter-final cruise past Monaghan, with Boylesports today quoting them at a short-priced 2/7 to retain Sam Maguire.

Donegal's status as dangerous pretenders to their crown has also taken a pummelling after their unconvincing escape-to-victory over Armagh, but Dublin defender Philly McMahon is demanding another level from the Blues ahead of their August 31 showdown.

"We've still things to improve on," McMahon insisted. "We wouldn't be satisfied with that result even though everybody will look at it and say, 'Jesus, they won by a lot of points'. We've a lot of things to work on and that's what we'll do over the next three weeks."

His manager also called for a more ruthless streak, despite their 2-22 to 0-11 victory. Reflecting on three squandered second half goal chances against Monaghan, Gavin said: "We need to be more clinical. That's an area that we will certainly go after again."


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