Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham conceded his undercooked team has a lot of work to do ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final in three weeks time.
“We have a bit of catching up to do on Dublin but we’re not out of the championship yet. They showed fantastic skill, fantastic fitness levels and fantastic strength and they were the clear winners.
“As we reminded Dublin there after congratulating them, we are still only one step behind them now and it is do or die the next day.
“Four matches versus one match. Everyone knows whether it is minor or senior or junior, the more matches you have it builds your confidence and skill levels. We are still looking forward to this day three weeks,” he said.
While Cunningham rightly lauded Dublin for their deserved victory, he said he was disappointed with his team’s poor opening half.
“The better team won on the day. It took us a good while to get going. We were a bit late to the breaking ball there in the middle third.
“We made some battle there for quite a while in the second half. We’d be happy enough with that aspect of it but not happy early on when we were sluggish.
“That first goal. James might be disappointed and they had a shot from a free early on, so their intentions were there to go for goals. We started okayish but as the match wore on their championship sharpness showed,” he said.