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Dubs boss keeping players' feet on ground

By Declan Bogue

Well, at least the crowd enjoyed it, but Dublin manager Jim Gavin took his team's successful National League campaign apart forensically before serving up his assessment.

"In general, next week marks the fifth month that we're with them and there's been a lot of work, a lot of styles of play and patterns and what not," he said.

"It was a bit disjointed at the start, waiting for the Ballymun Kickhams players to come back, but that's the case with all the managers but it was good to get that momentum."

Then, as if to puncture lofty ambitions, he gets down to it.

"But it stops now. Pieces of tin are difficult to win so the guys will enjoy today but from tomorrow the focus has to be on five weeks' time. It'll come around very quick."

The win and the trophy, he feels, endorses the work that is being put in.

"The biggest thing is that it reinforces the work that we are doing on the training field," he said.

"It's a bit of tin and I'm sure in five weeks' time Carlow or Westmeath won't care what Dublin have done.

"Other than that, it's something that the players will look back on when their careers are over.

"I'm a big believer in looking forward to the future and the next challenge."

With Kevin O'Brien cleared of any charge late on Thursday night, Gavin stuck tightly to the script.

"That matter was with the CHC and they made their decision. I have been consistent all along saying that I support the disciplinary process within the GAA. The outcome is what it is," he said.

"There are a lot of distractions that go on. One of the challenges as a Dublin player is to get inside that tent, that bubble, and just concentrate on football.

"That was there when I played and it's still there."

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