Dillon: Mayo in comfort zone
Published 01/07/2010 | 05:00
THE absence of a team ethic, combined with a failure to adapt when forced out of their comfort zone, were behind Mayo's double failure in the Connacht championship and All-Ireland qualifier, according to star forward Alan Dillon, WRITES MARTIN BREHENY.
Dillon admitted they lost the individual battles against Longford last Saturday and lacked the team spirit to dig them out of trouble.
"In terms of team performance, we didn't seem to be fighting for each other as a unit. We lost individual battles, not enough lads were digging out the guy beside them," said Dillon.
"Everyone is too focused on themselves, not the team. In the championship, you have to be thinking how the team can get better. Lads started playing as individuals, started to lose the ball, miss passes and fumble possession. It had a snowball effect and the confidence just seeped out of the team," he told the 'Mayo News'.
Despite reaching the Division 1 NFL final, he believes the good run up to then merely "papered over the cracks".
"We weren't reviewing the problem areas and didn't see the cracks when we were winning league matches. We were in the comfort zone in a lot of games. Then, in the last three games, we were out of our comfort zone. There's a huge lesson to be learned there and we need to reassess everything for next year," he said.