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PAUL Flynn has stressed the need for patience ahead of what is predicted to be Dublin's most awkward Championship game since the defensive chess match that was the 2011 All-Ireland semi-final, when they renew acquaintances with Donegal in Croke Park on Sunday.

PAUL Flynn has stressed the need for patience ahead of what is predicted to be Dublin's most awkward Championship game since the defensive chess match that was the 2011 All-Ireland semi-final, when they renew acquaintances with Donegal in Croke Park on Sunday.

Dublin were frustrated by a Monaghan team employing a similarly populated defence for 24 minutes of the team's All-Ireland quarter-final before Diarmuid Connolly's goal opened the floodgates to an easy Dublin win.

Flynn, the three-time All Star, says he expects "something similar" against Jim McGuinness's men, insisting "it gave us a bit of an eye-opener to how difficult it's going to be".

"The first 20 minutes against Monaghan was tight. I imagine it's going to be like that for the whole game next Sunday," he continued.

"You try and keep believing in your game-plan and keep working to implement it. Don't try and change anything because of the fact that you're playing something a bit different to what you usually play against.

"Whatever way they set up will be the way they feel will most effectively nullify us and get the best out of themselves. If that means they go ultra-defensive, that's just the way it has to be.

"But we just have to find holes in that and be patient," Flynn added.

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