Dublin manager Pat Gilroy says his team are “a work in progress” as they try to bounce back from their 12-point defeat to Limerick last weekend.
This coming Sunday the Dubs host reigning All-Ireland champions Galway in Parnell Park (2.0)
“When we came into this, we realised the task was a huge task. The team was coming from a difficult place,” says Pat.
“We’re putting in savage training. It’s going to take time. This ain’t going to switch overnight into us being a top-four team.
“It’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of effort.
“So yeah, you were hoping that you were going to get better performances than we’re getting, but we have to live with that.
“It’s something we’re trying to bring into the team. We have to accept that it might take time to get used to that. We have to just get on with it this week.
“You can feel sorry for yourself, but you’re going to get nowhere,” adds the Dublin manager.
“We as a group have decided there’s a certain way we want to play. We’re trying to get the bodies into shape so they can play that way.
“That is a work in progress. The lads themselves are very disappointed. They were very disappointed at half-time that they let that drop.
“That’s the main message. It’s no big secret what we’re looking for. But it just doesn’t happen overnight.
“There’s a number of things we’re trying to do in terms of getting the base right here in the way that we defend.
“We’re not leaving ourselves very vulnerable to goals, which is a positive.
“But around the middle third, at times, we’re following the ball, with guys leaving men free. It’s something we have to work on.”