Alan Brogan: It would be harsh to drop anyone after one performance

They meet Mayo in a replay of the All-Ireland final this Saturday

BY Cian Roche 09:49 Thursday 29 September 2016, 9:49 29 Sep 2016

Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer 

Alan Brogan believes it would be "harsh" to drop any of the Dublin players ahead of their All-Ireland final replay against Mayo this Saturday.

Dublin failed to live up to their own high standards and let a three point lead slip in added time, allowing Cillian O'Connor to kick an equaliser to force a replay.

Rumours were that both Paul Flynn and Alan's brother Bernard could face the chop after thier performances in the final, but Brogan said that would be a knee-jerk reaction.

"It's been a pretty solid and settled team for Dublin over the last number of years, " he told Newstalk Breakfast. "I think those guys are proven tried and tested. I think it would be harsh top start dropping guys now. 

"There's been talk of Bernard and Paul being dropped. They're certainly two guys I wouldn't be dropping going into a game like this. 

"But for Jim Gavin, if Dublin lose the game and get a hiding people will be saying 'you didn't have the balls to drop Paul Flynn or Bernard Brogan'. If he drops them and they lose the game, people will be saying 'oh God you made this big decision, you dropped two of your star performers and lost the game'. 

"If Dublin lose, I think he's in a no win situation anyway... If he does make a change I think it will be Kevin McManamon being the one to drop off. He's probably the easiest call to make despite going into the last game as a front-runner for player of the year.

"Jim knows the impact he could have and because of the impact he could have off the bench. But it would be harsh after one performance for anyone to end up on the bench. If it was me I'd probably stick with the same set of forwards and go again."

Both sides will be fired up for the replay. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie 

Much was made of the Mayo performance and despite surviving with almost the last kick of the game, there was a consensus that they may have left the game behind them. However, Brogan says getting into the mindset ahead of the game shouldn't be an issue. 

"There's been a lot of talk about the Mayo performance since then and, while it was a decent performance, I think if you were a fly on the wall in the Mayo camp you'll find that there was lots of that performance that they weren't happy with.

 "Top managers and top players are always looking for improvements no matter how well they played. I think Mayo will see loads of room for improvement from themselves as well. 

"To address the underdog tag, that's a thing driven by supporters, driven by the bookmakers and drive by the media. I don't think in that Dublin dressing room they'll be thinking like that at all.

"If you look at any of the last Dublin-Mayo games over the last couple of years, they've all been very close contests. I don't think in that Dublin dressing room they'll be viewing Mayo as underdogs after two weekends ago. 

Brogan dismissed the idea that complacency set into Dublin's game in the lead up to the game, especially factoring in a rousing victory over Kerry in the semi-final.

"I don't think there was complacency. Dublin respect Mayo and know how good a football side they are and have given Dublin loads of trouble over the years. More than anyone probably.

"As Dublin supporters, I think we were kind of hoping there would be a bit of a psychological hangover from the Kerry game. That was a huge game."


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