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'Mayo's problems are similar to what we've been seeing for years and years' - O'Rourke

‘Cavan looked the better team, with better individual footballers.’

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford feels the strain as his team slump at home to Cavan.
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford feels the strain as his team slump at home to Cavan.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

KERRY LEGEND PAT Spillane has already had his say on Mayo’s 2017 chances, on more than one occasion.

Spillane wrote off Mayo’s All-Ireland credentials in February, before rowing back somewhat following the county’s victory over Roscommon. 

But after Mayo fell to another home defeat in Castlebar, former Meath star Colm O’Rourke chipped in with his thoughts.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Allianz League Sunday, O’Rourke insists that Stephen Rochford’s players are guilty of repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

Colm O’Rourke Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

“Ok, they might have Aidan and Seamus O’Shea to come back,” O’Rourke acknowledged.

“They got a bad beating by Monaghan as well in their first home game.

Mayo’s problems are similar to what we’ve been seeing for years and years. No real penetration up front, persisting with over and back across the field.

“Mayo were playing into the wind in the second half but they continually played back and forward, over and back.

“They had no Ryan McHugh-type figure to come and take a ball at pace and go through.

“They got scores alright, Lee Keegan with long-range scores and a couple from Danny Kirby but there was never any chance of creating a goal with a player coming at pace to take the ball.

“Cavan looked the better team, with better individual footballers.”

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