Caffrey says Dubs must lift game to match Kerry

THE Dublin management know they’ll need to raise their standard to compete with Kerry in Saturday week’s Bank of Ireland football quarter-final in Croke Park.

"The challenge for Dublin is, can we improve enough and take them on and beat them," asked selector Paul Caffrey yesterday.

"The way the draw has panned out, the top four at the start were Tyrone, Armagh, Kerry and Galway. Now, three of them are still left and Kerry are one of them. Their option was a Northern team or Dublin in the quarter-final.

"They avoided Tyrone and Armagh and I'd say they'll be happy enough to have got the Dubs. We know we need to show an improvement if we are to win by about 25%." Caffrey, who works with the garda in Store Street as a juvenile liaison officer, described the win over Roscommon as "a job done," agreed that they had been hard-pressed to win their game on Sunday.

"It was a job done, but there's much room for improvement I would think." According to Caffrey, the management are quite pleased with the way the team has advanced since their championship defeat by Westmeath on the June 6.

That was their opening game and they selected a team which they felt was their best team at the time.

"With two or three minutes to go we were flattered to be level. But, we ended up losing it 0-14/0-12. We had to rethink our situation, where we were at.

"Getting London in the qualifiers a week later was just the tonic that the doctor ordered.

"We played the same team more or less, except that Conal Keaney was suspended at that stage. Mossie Quinn came in and we got back on the scoring vein.

"The team has evolved since then, after Colin Moran got his injury. That brought forward the plan of moving Brian Cullen back to centre-back. And we have taken Ciaran Whelan out of midfield.

"When you lose a match you have to take on board the lessons that you have been given. We have done that and we're still striving for our best performance with our best team."

One of the players brought in since the League is Ian Robertson currently operating at full-forward. Caffrey credits him with being bringing a wealth of experience to the team, apart from being one of the bravest in the side.

"The man shirks no challenge. He is a very honest player," he added. "Jason Sherlock and Alan Brogan aren't the biggest men in the world so it helps to have a big man in there with them.

"I think he has improved our play greatly."

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