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Monday 20 November 2017

Horan warns 'crazy' Mayo fans not to lose run of themselves

Mayo manager James Horan
Mayo manager James Horan

Manager James Horan has pleaded with Mayo fans not to lose the run of themselves ahead of Sunday's Connacht semi-final against Roscommon.

Mayo are hot favourites to win their third Connacht title in succession – something they haven't done since completing a four-in-a-row in 1951 en route to their last All-Ireland title – but Horan has appealed to supporters to calm down.

Last year's All-Ireland finalists laid down a big marker when they thrashed old rivals Galway by 4-16 to 0-11 in Salthill last month, but Horan said he has heard a lot of "daft and crazy talk" since then.

While Horan said he has no problem with Mayo being regarded as potential All-Ireland winners by the media, he pleaded with the Green and Red support not to pile too much pressure on his side ahead of Sunday's encounter at McHale Park.

"I suppose it's the couple of hundred people who have said to me it'll be great to have Cillian O'Connor and Mickey Conroy back for August – that's crazy," he said.

"We're not in a Connacht final, we're in a Connacht semi-final, never mind an All-Ireland quarter-final. That's the game that we have to play, that dictates then what happens next.

"Any of that kind of talk is just daft. It's natural but it's daft in terms of our preparation. But, thankfully, we have a lot of smart guys that can just see through that and are really focused on each session we have.

"The Galway game was a start, it was a good kick-off to our championship, but that's all it was.

"If you want to be successful, you have to build on every single training session, every single game that you play, and that's what we're trying to do.

"We're trying to be better in certain areas than we were against Galway and see where that takes us."

Irish Independent

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