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Dessie Farrell claims he won’t lose sleep over Mayo defeat despite being bottom

DESSIE FARRELL refused to panic after Mayo condemned Dublin to back-to-back NFL defeats last night.

The Sky Blues are sitting at the bottom of the table after Fergal Boland’s dramatic winner at MacHale Park.

Dessie Farrell isn't worried over the poor start to the season


Dessie Farrell isn’t worried over the poor start to the season
Dublin sit bottom of the table after two games


Dublin sit bottom of the table after two games

Farrell admits the reigning All-Ireland champions are playing catch-up — but will not lose any sleep over it after lifting Sam Maguire last summer from Division 2.

He said: “I think we are definitely a little bit behind. There is no question about that. But it is nothing that we will get overly concerned about.

“We want to be as competitive as we can in the league but we are always looking towards the summer.

“We have been in Division 2 and it worked out well for us. We are not going to put a gun to our own heads in terms of Division 1 being crucial.

“It is definitely something we would like to attain and achieve but this is about giving young players experience.

“We are trying to unearth one or two, trying out some different things tactically and then getting senior lads up to speed in the league.

“The Championship comes very quickly.”

But Farrell admits last night’s defeat could have been avoided after Stephen Coen’s goal gave Mayo a lifeline on 52 minutes when the Dubs were in control.

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He said: “It was a big blow. We were in control at that stage. It will be interesting to look at it again to see. That forward got in very easily to contest that ball with our keeper.

“Mistakes like that won’t make for pretty viewing when we look at the tape. That is all part of it and we are still shaking the cobwebs. We need to start learning accountability among the group because it doesn’t get easier.”


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