Tuesday 30 May 2017

Stephen Rochford dismisses suggestion that Pat Spillane's Mayo jibe provided motivation for Kerry win

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Kerry and Mayo at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Kerry and Mayo at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Mayo boss Stephen Rochford has rubbished suggestions that Pat Spillane's extremely downbeat assessment of their chances in 2017 last week was used as motivation ahead of their victory over Kerry.

The Kerry legend claimed last week that unless they find a couple of marquee forwards and formulate an attacking plan, Mayo would never win an All-Ireland.

Six days after his comments, Mayo outscored Kerry by nine points to three in the second half to overhaul Eamon Fitzmaurice's men for a 0-15 to 1-7 victory.

Asked if Spillane's remarks were used in preparation for the trip to  Austin Stack Park, Rochford claimed that he never heard them.

"No, I'll be blunt and honest, I haven't heard them," he said.

"I hadn't heard a thing and it certainly wasn't spoken about around the dressing room.

"We grew into the game. We were a lot more positive and played on the front foot in the second half. So I'm quite happy to come out of Tralee with two points."

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