Dublin annihilated Cork to pick up their second win of the campaign and, in the process, move to third in Division 1A. But with their final two games involving the reigning league and All-Ireland champions, Waterford and Kilkenny, further points will be hard come by.
“The way the league is, with five matches, if you lose one or you lose your first match [as we did], you’re straight away under pressure. We talked about that a bit, that we just can’t get into that relegation battle. If we keep performing like we are, we probably won’t be,” reckons O’Callaghan.
Blown away by Tipperary by 14 points on the opening weekend, Ger Cunningham’s charges have bounced back in fine fashion with victories over Cork and Galway. O’Callaghan says an attitude adjustment has been central to their turn in form.
“In the Tipperary game, we were just completely lacking in intensity. It was just a mind-set change [for the Cork and Galway games].
“We’re trying to get to that intensity in every match and just keep trying to do that. You’re not going to change as a player in a week, physically or whatever.
“We felt we played as a unit against Cork. Something similar as in Parnell Park against Galway the last day where the backs worked well as a unit.
There was a lot of communication, a lot of calling. Lads were going to the ball. If they missed it, there was someone else backing them up the whole time so it was very pleasing to see that.”