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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Jim Gavin: We are not the finished article yet

Dublin boss pleased with Leinster target but rues missed chances

12 July 2015; Dublin's Alan Brogan, left, and Bernard Brogan celebrates with the Delaney Cup after the game
12 July 2015; Dublin's Alan Brogan, left, and Bernard Brogan celebrates with the Delaney Cup after the game

DUBLIN's choke hold on the Leinster title got a little tighter yesterday in Croke Park though Jim Gavin stressed that his team are still not the finished article after securing the third provincial crown of his reign in a 2-13 to 0-6 win over Westmeath.

"We've hit our targets, we wanted to win the Leinster title and we have achieved that," Gavin reflected of a 10th Delaney Cup in 11 years for the Metropolitans, an unprecedented run of success.

"We have experienced a couple of teams playing against us in the Championship and National League with different systems.

"We are nicely balanced and pretty much injury-free at this juncture so it's all systems go now for the quarter final.

Nevertheless, Gavin was critical of aspect of his team's performance against a Westmeath team who set up to frustrate Dublin and in the first half, limiting the boys in blue to just eight first half points.

VERY DISAPPOINTING

"To score 2-13 and to have so many missed shots would be very disappointing, that's for sure," Gavin insisted.

"It does give us areas to work on on the training field. That certainly gives us focus now for the next three weeks.

The Dublin manager also reserved special praise for Stephen Cluxton and Alan Brogan who won their 11th and 10th provincial titles respectively yesterday.

"Two big, big leaders," he said.

"They certainly set the standards. Leading into this game, I was under no illusion of where the Dublin players were and they were leading from the front. I'm delighted for them."

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