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Published: 09:34 | 16/3/16

Andrews: Dublin yet to hit top gear

Paddy Andrews feels Dublin will cope Rory O'Carroll and Jack McCaffrey because they have already won five games in the Allianz Football League without hitting top gear.

Dublin have maximum points following their opening five games in Division 1 and remain firmly on course for a third successive league title.

Ominously for their opponents, Andrews believes they have yet to hit top gear and has warned confidence is high within the squad.

“We’ve played five games in the league and we’ve won five probably without really hitting top gear, but guys are just comfortable and we know what we’re doing. We know how to win the games and myself as much as anyone else there, it’s just kind of that confidence. You know what you’re at, at this stage, really," he said.

Dublin will be without O'Carroll and McCaffrey for the remainder of the inter-county season but Andrews is confident the All-Ireland champions will cope without the pair.

“Rory and Jack are fantastic players but we’re not overly reliant on one guy doing one job. Everyone in the group, the 34/35 guys that are still there, know how we want to play, what works for our team, what doesn’t work," Andrews is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

"If someone steps out, another lad can step in and you’ve probably seen that even in the five games to date in the league, I think we’ve made changes pretty much for every game and our performance hasn’t really dropped off. I think we’re well placed to absorb the losses."

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