Friday 24 November 2017

'I look at Stephen Rochford and I don't see any attacking plan' - David Brady on Mayo's forward woes

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford before the start of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2A match between Mayo and Derry at Elverys MacHale Park, in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford before the start of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2A match between Mayo and Derry at Elverys MacHale Park, in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Conor Neville

Former Mayo star David Brady was already at the car door when Mark Lynch punched home Derry's last gasp equaliser in normal time.

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The pressing matter of a cousin's wedding was pulling him away. But word of Mark Lynch's late goal quickly called him back. Needless to say, it was a phone call from inside the ground rather than crowd noise that informed him of the score. After all, as he observed, "there was about fifteen Derry people there."

But despite the breathless excitement of the game and the ultimate relief at having won it, Brady insists that Mayo's shortcomings on the evening cannot be overlooked.  

"I don't think we can gloss over how extremely poor Mayo were," Brady said on episode seven of The Throw-In.

"How naive they were. From an attacking perspective, they seemed to have no plan, no shape. They hit 17 or 18 wides and some of them weren't even wides! Some of them were disgraceful.

"I'll be honest, I don't know what kind of attacking plan Mayo have. You're looking at Stephen Rochford and Tony McEntee (on the sideline) and I don't see any attacking plan.

"Derry got a dose of the collywobbles when they knew they could win it. They had three or four opportunities to go four points ahead. Mayo were absolutely gone. Dusted. They had the white flag thrown in.

"The Mayo crowd started chanting when Mayo were two points down. It was something like you'd hear when a team had got back to level pegging. They started chanting 'MAYO, MAYO, MAYO. If ever a crowd re-ignited a team, they did."

Brady also criticised the Mayo management team for leaving Conor Loftus stewing on the bench for too much of the 2017 season.

"It's totally wrong that he (Loftus) wasn't introduced against Galway. It's no good for Stephen Rochford to come out and say he's been playing very well in training and was unlucky not to start.

"Like nothing has happened between the Galway game and the game on Saturday. If the Mayo management don't have a bit of balls and say 'let's give boys a few opportunities!' And not for five or ten minutes.

"Conor Loftus played a minimal amount in the League but he's an U21 All-Ireland winner, he was a fantastic minor player. He needs to be the future."

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