Sunday 19 August 2018

WATCH: 'They don't know how to win and that's a sad reality' - Pat Spillane on Mayo loss

Lee Keegan of Mayo following his side's defeat the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Lee Keegan of Mayo following his side's defeat the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Eight-time All-Ireland winner Pat Spillane has said that Mayo don't know how to win following the Westerners one-point loss to Dublin in Sunday's All-Ireland final.

A late Dean Rock free clinched Dublin their third consecutive All-Ireland title as Jim Gavin's side prevailed over Mayo for the second consecutive year.

Spillane said that Dublin's composure and decision making was the prevailing factor in the Jacks victory but that Mayo don't know how to win after suffering their ninth All-Ireland final loss since 1989.

"The better team won," said Spillane on The Sunday Game.

"Normally you come away from a Mayo defeat in an All-Ireland final and there's always a substandard performance by six or seven players. A poor performance by the team in general, getting tactics wrong, but they did pretty much everything right today.

"At the end of the day they met a Dublin team that are going on to be one of the greatest teams of all time. At the end of the day what was the deciding factor? Composure and decision making.

"Dubs don't do panic, playing badly, they eked out a result, and there was a couple of points in particular in the second-half where there was no score on and they got scores from difficult positions and that's the sign of champions.

"At the end of the day winners know how to win. Dublin are winners. Sadly, Mayo have now played 11 All-Ireland finals since 1951, nine defeats, two draws, and you have to say that they don't know how to win and that's the sad reality.

"The finishing line was in sight and they didn't grasp that opportunity."

Spillane also said that Mayo could not blame referee Joe McQuillan despite the second-half dismissal of Donal Vaughan and the denial of a legitimate penalty claim from Lee Keegan.

"I thought, in the circumstances, Joe McQuillan had a good game," added Spillane.

"I thought he let the game flow. There was only 24 frees in the game, that's exceptionally low for an All-Ireland final.

"Yes you could quibble about one or two decisions, probably on both sides, but the John Small sending off for two yellow cards was justifiable and unfortunately for Donal Vaughan, from a Mayo point of view, I thought he got it right."

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