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Friday 9 December 2016

Big calls for Gavin

Andrews pushing for start as Dubs weigh up options

Paddy Andrews impressed when introduced against Mayo in the drawn game. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Paddy Andrews impressed when introduced against Mayo in the drawn game. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Jim Gavin faces the biggest selection call of his highly-successful managerial term ahead of next Saturday's All-Ireland SFC replay.

Paddy Andrews was one of the few bright attacking sparks from the drawn match two Sundays back and may have earned a start.

Any one of a trio of established forwards could lose out, with Paul Flynn, Bernard Brogan and Kevin McManamon all under the microscope after peripheral displays against Mayo last time out.

Former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey believes Dublin will bring "a different attitude" to Saturday's replay.

"There was a bit of a feel-good factor around the place after beating Kerry for the fourth time in a row in Championship football," he told the Herald.

"And I didn't know any real, serious pundits who were backing Mayo the first day.

"Players are only human. No matter how much they talk about being in a bubble and only focusing on processes, they're living at home with families. They're seeing papers. They're listening to their friends.

"And a lot of people had that down as a Dublin win. If there was complacency, it certainly came out in their performance.

"I don't think there will be that complacency the next day. And whatever 21 players take part in this All-Ireland final, I think you'll see a different attitude from Dublin next Saturday."

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