Gavin: Kerry player reactions put ref decisions under pressure
JIM Gavin said he was "very pleased with his players, in terms of discipline" in Killarney yesterday.
Yet by full time, their rap sheet read; one sent off on a straight red, two black carded and five booked, easily the most penalised afternoon of their time under his management.
"Any hits that they got they got straight back up and played the game didn't try to influence the referee," said Gavin, a sentence which, of course, you could interpret any way you want.
Those in the room above the dressing-rooms in Fitzgerald Stadium where the participating managers conducted their post match media duties unanimously took it to mean Gavin felt at least some of Kerry's players hadn't afforded Eddie Kinsella the same courtesy.
"They seem to me to be a bit reactionary," he added, when asked whether he felt any of Kinsella's multitude of card calls were straight-up wrong.
"A lot of the opposing players seemed to be putting them under pressure.
"Maybe the wrong call was made and for the the sending off, the player seemed to go down quite quickly so again, we'll have to have a look at that."
Gavin said Dublin would "absolutely," look at appealing Mick Fitzsimons's red card but replays show that Fionn Fitzgerald would have required the aid of a wrought-iron shield to stay up after the Cuala defenders' double-armed lunge.
This is familiar ground here for Gavin.
Though they didn't come out and say as much, there wasn't much love for Maurice Deegan's performance in the Dublin/Donegal League League game from the Dublin dressing-room.
"That is something we can't control," Gavin asserted, when asked whether he felt generally aggrieved by referee standards in his time as Dublin manager.
"All I expect from my players is that if hard challenges go in, that they get up and play the game.
"That they don't get involved with an official which they didn't, that they don't try and influence anybody except their own game and I would be very proud of them in that respect."
"You saw the reaction of our travelling support," he added after Kinsella was energetically booed by the inhabitants of that corner of the ground in which the Dublin support had watched the game as the Laois official made his way off the pitch.
"That spoke volumes."