Tuesday 27 September 2016

'You don't feel sorry for yourself' - Mayo boss Stephen Rochford comes out fighting after draw

Published 18/09/2016 | 19:54

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is adamant that his team shouldn't be showered with sympathy after they came up short again in an All-Ireland final.

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A first draw in a football decider for 16 years saw Mayo come from five points down at the break to show real resolve after the concession of two own goals from the boots of Kevin McLoughlin and Colm Boyle.

Rochford says they contributed to their own downfall for both goals and stressed he wasn't downhearted about the latest opportunity to beat Dublin slipping through their hands.

"You don't feel sorry for yourself. That was one thing we had said we weren't going to have regrets about certain things that would happen during the course of the year and during the course of the game so, some days you get a decision with you or you don't get a decision.

"You get a lucky goal. Things happen, it's 70 minutes, it's not a defining moment. For us it's half-time.

"We'd be very disappointed with a number of aspects of the game felt we contributed enough to the concession of the two goals, some may feel that they are unlucky but you make your own luck.

"We know that there is still serious scope for us to improve on. We'll look forward to being back in 13 days," he said.

"I'm not downhearted at all. The reality is we're at half-time now in the All-Ireland final. A lot done more to do, get on with it over the next two weeks."

Rochford stressed Mayo were still "very much in the fight".

"It really doesn't change our thought process. We'd 13 turnovers in the first half. I don't think that's a particularly good game. Have we things to improve on? Yes. That's what we'll be doing."

Andy Moran echoed his manager's sentiments that they were disappointed with their first half effort especially.

"There is a lot you can take (to improve)," he said. "The fact that we put the ball in our own net twice. But we were probably more concerned with the way we were playing ourselves, even at half-time we weren't happy.

"Our transition play wasn't great, from back to front. We didn't offer ourselves enough in the full-forward line. You can make a lot of excuses for yourselves. We just have the theory that we can compete against anyone. And we showed that."

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