Monday 11 December 2017

Flynn: 'We can't be that inefficient with our shot taking next Sunday'

Paul Flynn
Paul Flynn

SO for the third year running, Jim Gavin will take his Dublin team into hostile Ulster territory for their final Division 1 League match.

"It's a good challenge," reckons Paul Flynn of the Dubs' trip to Clones next Sunday to tackle a Monaghan team suitably buoyed by a win in Tralee on Sunday and themselves, squarely in the semi-final picture.

"I'm looking forward to going up there. I'm sure it will be a hostile environment. With a good crown behind them."

"So it will be a good challenge for us. But it would be nice to get back (to Croke Park) against quality opposition."

"It's in our hands. If we get a win next week, we're in a semi-final and getting another good game under our belts."


Similarly, Dublin are sure to get another go at cracking a defence just as zealous in their ability to retreat as Derry were in Croke Park on Saturday evening.

"Yeah, it can be frustrating when there are a lot of bodies back and we're trying to play the brand of football that we're trying to play. It does become more difficult," Flynn acknowledges.

"But you just have to deal with it. Teams are going to set up that way. It's up to each team which way they set up.

"Our style…it's the style that Dublin play. It's the style of club football in Dublin. So we'll continue to play our way and whatever way teams set themselves up, we'll just have to try and break them down."

After 35 minutes of Saturday night's drab 0-8 to 0-4 Dublin win, the most expansive and effective attack in gaelic football had been kept to a single point.

The eight Gavin's side eventually scored ranks as their lowest total of his reign and came just three weeks after Tyrone - employing loosely similar methods - kept Dublin to 1-9.

In between, Mayo fancied themselves to in a shootout, yet conceded 2-18 in a 14-point home defeat.

No prizes for predicting how Monaghan might go about their business next Sunday.

Yet all the obsession with Derry restrictive methodology on Saturday night in Croke Park, Dublin still managed to create 30 scoring opportunities.


Seventeen wides, five dropped short and no clear goal chance. But 30 shots all the same.

Partly, Flynn feels, Dublin fell victim to the prohibitive elements and partly, they failed to calibrate.

"A bit of both," the Fingallian's man accepts.

"There were some bad shots and some good pressure from them so it was kind of a bit of both.

"So it's something that we need to work on for next week."

Flynn concludes: "We can't be that inefficient with our shot taking."

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