Friday 18 October 2019

'It is more enthralling watching Mayo losing than watching any other team winning' - Joe Brolly

Joe Brolly on the Sunday Game.
Joe Brolly on the Sunday Game.
Roscommon players and supporters celebrate win over Mayo

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Joe Brolly says Mayo's shock defeat to Roscommon was the "disaster of disasters" as James Horan's men needed a run in the Connacht championship to boost their All Ireland hopes.

Mayo suffered a one-point defeat in the Connacht semi-final in Castlebar on Saturday and must now go through the back door once again in their hunt for an elusive All Ireland title.

Brolly was scathing in his criticism of Mayo in his analysis piece in the Sunday Independent and questioned the mentality of the westeners.

And on the Sunday Game last night, he doubled down on those comments.

"The nation's favourite tragic comedy unfolding again. It is more enthralling watching Mayo losing than watching any other team winning, including the Dubs," said Brolly.

"Joe Gilroy's blog this morning, I don't know if you read it, but he said they have too many spuddlers on the team. I looked that up and it means is 'to appear to be doing the job but not actually doing it at all'."

Two early Roscommon goals had Allianz League champions Mayo on the backfoot but Brolly points to All Ireland champions Dublin and how they would deal with such a situation.

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"The sense of panic that seized Mayo after the two goals, which were awful goals, and then the fact that they were not able to show that sort of composure," added Brolly. "If that had been the Dubs for example, the Dubs would have said 'hold on boys, Roscommon get an early goal, that's it, you have had your fun..that's it, you have had your fun, it's over now.

"But with Mayo it just became a kaleidoscope  of disaster and the amount of unforced errors, the amount of kicking the ball into the keeper's hands and that sense of panic. And it's interesting that since the coup in 2015 in the Breaffy club rooms, that Mayo have won three championship games in Connacht - against Sligo, New York and London and they really needed a run in Connacht this year.

"To win Connacht, to show they can control championship games because there is a world of difference between championship games, league games, early round qualifiers...and they needed to do that to establish authority. It was the disaster of disasters. Compelling as always but it was like watching a car crash."

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