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Brogan prepares Dublin for a ferocious All-Ireland battle

By John Campbell

There was universal acclaim when Bernard Brogan was crowned as the 2010 Player of the Year.

The Dublin forward's string of high-scoring performances placed him head and shoulders above every other player in the country.

Brogan, though, has not been quite as effective this year but he has now sent out a clear message that he means business against Donegal tomorrow.

When Dublin overcame Tyrone in the quarter-final, eight players in all shared in their 0-22 total with Brogan still managing to pilfer 0-5.

He believes he is capable of much better but recognises that he will be coming up against what is recognised as one of the best defences in the country.

Brogan is expecting a ferocious battle with Jim McGuinness's side and has warned his team-mates that they must be prepared to die for the cause.

"This is going to be a ferocious battle but we're confident that we can go out and perform," says Brogan.

"If we replicate the work rate we showed in that win over Tyrone and are willing to die for that ball then we have to be in with a chance.

"The style of football Donegal play depends on them being ultra-fit, super confident and very composed on the ball.

"They pack their defence and cut down on scoring chances.

"We know that every chance we get will be crucial because it will take such a big effort to create those opportunities."

With Barry Cahill having been named at centrethreequarters and Brogan's brother Alan joining him in the full-forward line, the Dublin attack carries considerable menace, but Brogan is taking nothing for granted.

"Donegal will not be found wanting," adds Brogan.

"They have obviously prepared well and done their homework.

"They pack their defence very well and shoot down opponents. We have to be ready for that - we will need to exercise a lot of patience."

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