Gap to Mayo is 'embarrassing' – Galway boss Alan Mulholland
GALWAY manager Alan Mulholland insists it's vital for the rest of the Connacht counties to close the gap on Mayo, branding last year's results as "a little embarrassing."
Mayo won their three games in the Connacht championship in 2013 by an aggregate of 45 points, which included a 17-point drubbing of the Tribesmen, their biggest victory over their great rivals since 1907.
Roscommon and London also went down heavily to James Horan's men and Mulholland (above) believes the western province must be more competitive this time around.
"The margins they won by last year, we've all got to look at ourselves and say we're not at the standard we should be at.
"It's not Mayo's fault. They still haven't won the All-Ireland in the past couple of years, so you can't say they're streaking away from everyone else in the country," he said.
"They seem to have left the rest of us behind in Connacht, though, and it's up to us to get back up there."
Mulholland's men turned some poor early-season form around to retain their place in Division 2 and start their championship campaign with a tricky tie away to London on May 25.
The Galway manager confirmed that they will have to do without talisman Michael Meehan for the rest of the season.
The Caltra forward withdrew from inter-county action indefinitely due to a troublesome ankle problem back in March and while Mulholland hopes he can resume his inter-county career at a later date, he won't feature in 2014.
"We will miss him but other guys are just going to have to step up and fill his boots," said Mulholland.