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MIDFIELD OPTION: Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe in action against Laois’ Liam Senior during their Allianz HL Division 1B Round 2 match at Parnell Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

MIDFIELD OPTION: Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe in action against Laois’ Liam Senior during their Allianz HL Division 1B Round 2 match at Parnell Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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MIDFIELD OPTION: Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe in action against Laois’ Liam Senior during their Allianz HL Division 1B Round 2 match at Parnell Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dublin will hope to build on the encouraging aspects of their performance against Laois last Sunday week when they travel to Netwatch Cullen Park to face Carlow on Saturday afternoon (5pm).

Their disappointing display in Nowlan Park a week previously meant that any win was a welcome win and while there were periods during the Laois match that left a lot to be desired, there were some positives for the Dubs to derive from the encounter, according to former Dublin Under-21 manager Seán Lane.

"You would have to say that the display against Kilkenny was poor and it was a very disappointing start to the league, especially with Kilkenny missing so many of their first choice players.

"The touch of the players and the intensity that they played with was not up to scratch but there was an improvement in their play last Sunday week.

"Of course, you would have to look at the opposition and I thought that Laois were poor enough, especially in the second-half, and yet Dublin conceded 2-17 to them.

"Having said that, Dublin started the game well, building up an early seven point lead and though they dropped off a bit for the rest of the half, they picked it up well in the second-half.

"Dublin have generally been a team that has struggled for goals so it was good for their confidence that they managed to find the net on four occasions and they could really have added another three goals but for some fine stops by the Laois goalkeeper.

"You would be happy with the form of both Ronan Hayes and Oisín O'Rorke up front and both players have done their chances no harm whatsoever.

"Of course, the acid test will be later in the year when championship starts but their form has definitely been a positive for Mattie Kenny," said Lane.

Lane feels that the Dublin supremo has a few issues to resolve before weightier issues in the summer and paramount is his selection as netminder.

"I think that Mattie needs to sort out his goalkeeper sooner rather than later and make a call one way or the other.

"Whoever he decides to choose should play the next three league games and have him fully in place for the championship.

"Also, midfield needs to be addressed and Danny Sutcliffe might be an option there but it's one of a number of things that just aren't quite settled at the minute.

"There is a lot of work still to be done but we should have a better idea of where we are when we finish up the league with games against Wexford and Galway," said Lane.