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We'll have to up game

BERNARD Brogan has warned his Dublin colleagues that they must learn to close out games or risk leaving the All-Ireland picture this Saturday night.

The St Oliver Plunketts/ER sharpshooter is set to take on the might of Tyrone for a spot in an All-Ireland semi-final and the current Footballer of the Year insists Dublin have learned the hard way how second-half fade-outs are punished.

"We know after losing to Cork last year that killing games off is an important weapon," said Brogan. "We looked the better team against Cork last year for 60 minutes - but that's ultimately useless and we have learned the hard way that it's being the best team over 70 plus minutes that matters."

Writing in his blog on hill16.ie/thedubhub, Brogan insists Tyrone are "moving well and mean business" but says last year's All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Harte's men will stand to the Dubs.

"We've all felt what it's like to be beaten by Tyrone. But it doesn't mean we can afford to work any less.

"The reason we won last time was because of a strong work ethic and it's still up to us to work hard to create the chances."

Tyrone will name their team tonight.


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