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Gilroy: It's not working

BACK TO BASICS. That was the clear message from Dublin manager Pat Gilroy (above) this morning after he named a vastly altered team to face Cork on Sunday and demanded a reaction from last week's Castlebar calamity.

No less than seven players have lost their starting spots after a 12-point humbling to Mayo six days ago. With Dublin needing points on Leeside to qualify for a League semi-final and having not won on Cork soil in 29 years, Gilroy has opted for extreme renovation.

"The biggest fundamental we've got to get back to is working hard," Gilroy told the Herald at this morning's team announcement.

"It's the foundation of everything we've done in the last two years and without it, we're just no good. It's as simple as that. You can't lose by 12 points and be anything but disappointed.

"These guys were the ones who showed that most during the week," he explained of his starting 15. "There has been a good attitude around the place and I would expect a big reaction."

DUBLIN (SF v Cork): M Savage; C O'Sullivan, R O'Carroll, P McMahon; J Cooper, J McCarthy, K Nolan; S Murray, E Fennell; D Byrne, MD Macauley, B Cullen; C Dias, D Connolly, K McManamon.

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