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Croker holds no fears for Mayo despite Dubs defeats - Vaughan


Mayo defender Donal Vaughan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Mayo defender Donal Vaughan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile


Mayo defender Donal Vaughan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Mayo defender Donal Vaughan says there is a big difference in losing an All-Ireland final to Dublin and their recent League defeat, and that Stephen Rochford's men are still hoping to reach the League decider.

Vaughan, who picked up a black card in Mayo's defeat to Dublin at Croke Park last time out, admitted the team were hugely disappointed to lose out to Jim Gavin's side - by 12 points - for the second game in a row, but that Headquarters holds no ghosts for the team.

The Ballinrobe clubman, who has been employed both in defence and at midfield this season, said: "To me it's different. My view is that we've had plenty good results in Croker. Actually more positive ones in the last couple of years than not.

"It happens to be the place where the All-Ireland final is and obviously we lost out narrowly in that.

"The most disappointing thing this time was that we didn't hit our own standards of performance that we usually hit. We have our own metrics and we were miles off it.

"The last couple of years we haven't tended to shoot the lights out in the League. We have been trying to change that this season, but if you look at the last four or five years it hasn't happened.

"But that doesn't mean we weren't disappointed with our performance. Dublin played very well and deserved to win the game.

"For me personally, I'm disappointed with the performance but losing a League game and an All-Ireland final is a different thing altogether."

Wins over Kerry and Roscommon and defeats to Monaghan and Dublin have Mayo sitting in mid-table, meaning a win against Cavan is a must on Sunday afternoon (2.0) at MacHale Park, if a League final place can be achieved.

Mayo are three points behind leaders Tyrone - who they face on Sunday week - but a win against Mattie McGleenan's side will certainly renew hopes.

"It's straight into the League final this year, there is no semis so it is just top two. To get there we need to win the Cavan game," said Vaughan.

"There is still a chance but we have to win two or three of the last three games. We have still an outside chance of getting to the League final.

"If we get a win against Cavan and more of a performance we'll be back on the horse.

"That's another disappointing thing (about the Dublin defeat). We played so well against Roscommon and you'd like to have carried that on again.

"Trying to figure out where we can improve again is the thing, and I think there is loads of areas we can start."

Irish Independent