JIM GAVIN HAS claimed that slow-motion replays on television make certain incidents seem worse than they actually are.
The Dublin manger, who saw his team defeat Donegal 1-10 to 0-7, was speaking immediately after the Allianz League Division 1 clash at Croke Park on Saturday night where it was suggested that James McCarthy tried to poke his thumb into Martin McElhinney’s eye.
Photo caption: Anthony Thompson of Donegal holds off Dublin’s John Small at Croke Park on Saturday night in the Allianz League Division 1 clash. Photo: Dáire Brennam/ Sportsfile
“To be suggesting there was something malicious, I don’t think that’s very fair,” Gavin said.
”There are lots of incidents in the game, if you slow them down to the tenth of a second playback, things won’t look as pretty as they would in real time.
“I need to have a look at them on tape. James went in, there were a couple of players around there. The official on our side I think, he informed the referee, he must have seen something. I have to speak to the player, hopefully I might get the officials as well. These things happen in games and we just need to roll with it and move on to the next game.”
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Gavin refused to criticise Donegal, who took a defensive shape into the contest.
“We don’t play that defensively but I’m not going to be here on a soap box saying it’s the wrong way to play,” he said. “It’s just the way teams decide to play. We’ve a particular style we’d like to play, that creative free-flowing football. Sometimes we can’t do it.
“When teams compress inside the 45 they’re compressing the space but I thought our guys found the space. We got three good goal opportunities tonight. Over 70 minutes, that’s probably a good return in any Championship game, man-to-man or a compressed defence but the last thing I always say to the boys going out is just to express yourselves as best you can.”Tags: