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Jim Gavin: We need to get the balance between defence and attack

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 Dublin manager Jim Gavin

Dublin manager Jim Gavin

Dublin manager Jim Gavin

Dublin manager Jim Gavin says he takes full responsibility for their semi-final loss to Donegal and believes lessons have been learned from the disappointing defeat.

The 2013 champions were spectacularly dethroned by Jim McGuiness' side in Croke Park at the penultimate stageĀ  despite being overwhelming favourites and Gavin is adamant the buck stops with him with regards to the defeat.

"We are disappointed," he told Newstalk's Off The Ball tonight.

"We were playing some good football (in the championship). We created some chances in both halves and didn't take them. Their goals came at an opportune time for Donegal."

Gavin did not shy from his responsibilities and has absolved his players of any blame for the loss.

"We are disappointed but we will learn from the process and come back a stronger team. From a tactical perspective, as manager, I accept full responsibility for how the team performed."

"I accept responsibility for the attacking and expressive style we play and sometimes that brings a vulnerability and unpredictability to our game."

"It's a learning experience and I acknowledge we need to get the balance between defence and attack right. In some of the games unfortunately from a Dublin perspective we did not get that right. Donegal are such a good side they exploited that."

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