Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cribbin: Dublin playing in 'second gear'

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Dublin footballers are winning matches by double-digit margins despite playing in "second gear", according to Tom Cribbin.

The Westmeath manager is now charged with the task of taking out the 1/50 Leinster final favourites on July 17.

Dublin's provincial winning margins have actually shrunk this year - to 11 points against Laois and ten against Meath last Sunday - but Cribbin warned that the All-Ireland champions aren't close to showing their full hand.

"I saw it last year against us. People say we held them to such a score (2-13 in the Leinster final) ... that was a load of cobblers," he declared.

"Dublin, in most of these games, are gone six to eight or ten points up early in the second half and teams are still sitting back defending, and trying to keep the score down instead of going at them.

"Dublin, deliberately nearly, leave some of their better players on the line to bring on, to give a boost, for the last 15-20 minutes - if they need it.

"I think they're playing in second gear in an awful lot of these matches," he added.

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