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Holmes hails Mayo fighting spirit
31 Aug 2015 10:10
Mayo co-manager Pat Holmes insisted he knew his players possessed the resilience to come back against Dublin despite looking in "serious, serious trouble" with ten minutes to go in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final.
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Speaking to RTE Sport after the game, Holmes praised Mayo's fighting spirit as they forced a replay after trailing by six points with 63 minutes gone.
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"If I was a spectator in the crowd I probably would have felt that it was gone but knowing this group of players I knew that they would just keep at it and keep going to the final whistle and they did that," said Holmes.
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"In fairness to this group, they’re nothing if not resilient. They kept at it, they kept working away and doing the right things and they got their just rewards in the end.
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"Having not played particularly well in the first half we went in three down at half-time. We were disappointed with our first-half performance but still delighted we were only three down.
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"In the second half we did well for long periods but Dublin hit a purple patch and got the second goal and went seven up. It looked like we were in serious, serious trouble at that time but in fairness to the lads they just kept on plugging away."
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