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Monday 11 December 2017

King hails 'character' of his capital queens

DUBLIN manager, Colum King, came into Patsy's parlour following Saturday's defeat to Wexford.

It was the end of the road for the Dubs, but, for Colum, it felt very much like the beginning.

The Group of Death didn't hand out the cocktail sausages, but Dublin saved their best till last.

"The players produced a great second half. That performance has been inside this team all year," reflected Colum in the Parnell Park kitchen.

"We have seen it in training and in challenge matches. Unfortunately, it didn't show in the white heat of the championship.

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"But to deliver a second-half display like that against a highly fancied Wexford side is a brilliant achievement."

It was the best 30 minutes that the Dubs have given all season, and Colum feels there is more to come from this group of players.

"They showed in that second half that they have the ability to match the best of them when they play with confidence and they express themselves.

"I thought that for 15 to 20 minutes after half-time, we commanded that game, and everyone present could see what this squad has to offer.

"Our target at the start of the year was to make ourselves competitive against the top-tier teams, and we finally showed that in the second half.

"Wexford are a quality team. Their ambition at the start of the year was probably different than ours in that they want to regain the All-Ireland title.

"Yet nobody could doubt the commitment of the Dublin players. They showed character and guts, but not only that, they have so much skill as well.

"Their attitude all year has been superb."

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