Pat Gilroy is under no illusions about the task facing him after his first game in charge of the Dublin hurlers ended in defeat to Galway yesterday.
Despite Danny Sutcliffe's return after a two-year absence, the Dubs succumbed to the All-Ireland champions by 55-39 in the 11-a-side AIG Fenway Classic in Boston.
"Where we are at the moment, we are quite low down in the pecking order," Gilroy admitted in The Herald.
"I don't think, for all of the hurling going on in Dublin for the last 15 years, the standard we are at, we should be better than (that). The only way we can get there is through hard work and we have a busy schedule ahead of us. We will take it one game at a time because we have to.
"We are a team that needs to learn how to be consistent because some of the performances in the last three years have been very good too.
"We have had some great results, but we need to have that consistency to become a top-four team."