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Saturday 24 February 2018

Horan: We made too many basic errors to win

A dejected Mayo manager James Horan and captain Andy Moran at the end of the game
A dejected Mayo manager James Horan and captain Andy Moran at the end of the game

Mayo boss James Horan believes his side made too many basic errors in their 2-12 to 1-14 All-Ireland defeat to Dublin.

Mayo's wait for a fourth All-Ireland title will enter a 63rd year next year after the Connacht champions suffered a seventh final defeat in a row.

Their defence was tremendous all day and keeper Robbie Hennelly made a number of telling saves but their offence couldn't muster the scores needed to win.

"We'd enough ball to win the game, we just made too many basic mistakes," Horan told RTE's Sunday Game.

"We turned over the ball to often and the ball didn't stick inside for us and Dublin were launching counter-attacks.

"Simple mistakes let us down. In the second half Dublin came with a surge and we were chasing then and our composure just left us a little bit.

Karen Koster and John McGuire
Karen Koster and John McGuire
Mick Wallace
Tom Dunne & his wife
Dr James Reilly and his wife
Mickey Harte
Grainne and Sile Seoige
Karen Woods
Dr Martin McAleese, Mary McAleese
Fans on Hill16. All Ireland Senior Football Championship final, Mayo v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Bernard Brogan celebrates goal. All Ireland Senior Football Championship final, Mayo v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain walk to the match. Photo: Mark Doyle
22 September 2013; Lenister's Lote Tuqiri ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Senator Eamonn Coghlan with T-Rex Ó Saurus arrive ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters John Boland, and his son Sen, aged 13, from Hartstown, Co. Dublin, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Mayo suppoter, Gavin Durcan, 14, from Castlebar pictured before the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
Sean Quinn junior and his wife Karen Woods pictured before the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
Padraig Flynn pictured before the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
Mayo supporters, Mary Cuffe, Belmullet left, and Susan Mannian, Castlebar, pictured before the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
Mayo supporter, Meabh Keane, 24, from Rathfarnham pictured before the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
22 September 2013; Comedian Dara Ó Briain arrives ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Michael Flatley ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Irish broadcaster Pat Kenny ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA, left, and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; T.D. for the Dún Laoghaire constituency Mary Mitchell O'Connor arrives ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Mayo supporters Philip Breslin, from Knockmore, Matt Stevens, from Cong, and John Courell, from Ballina, outside John's home on Jones Road, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Mayo supporters Oonagh Griffin, left, and Shelley O'Brien, from Claremorris, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in conversation with a Mayo supporter ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. with Mayo supporters, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. is greeted by a Dublin supporter ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin.
22 September 2013; Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern arrives ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Donegal manager Jim McGuinness poses with fans ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. with his wife wife Fionnuala and their daughter Aoibhinn, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. with his wife wife Fionnuala and their daughter Aoibhinn, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Mayo supporters ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Mayo supporter Dermot O'Malley, from Ballintubber, Co. Mayo, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporter Darragh Monahan is surrounded by Mayo supporters, ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

"We kept plugging away and kept trying as hard as we could, we just couldn't get there."

Mayo had a lot of turnovers and probably edged the midfield battle but Horan was unhappy with Mayo's decision-making.

"We were in good positions and gave away the ball at times. That's killer in an All-Ireland final," he added

"I'm very proud of the guys and all the work they put in. It was a game we were in but we just couldn't get the scores.

"We have very good players and some guys were exceptional today. It's disappointing for us but we'll keep trying.

"Dublin deservedly won, we have to look at what we did wrong and what we can do better.

"As a unit we didn't do enough."

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