Mayo defender Donal Vaughan insists his side will not alter their tactics for the challenge of Donegal in the All-Ireland final.
The westerners, back in the September showdown for the first time in six years, are set to go in as underdogs against Jim McGuinness’ side. However, Vaughan feels the game plan that has served the county well so far in this year’s campaign will be employed again in Sunday’s decider.
Speaking to RTÉ’s Brian Carthy, the Balllinrobe native said: “Our gameplan won’t change just because we’re in a final and playing Donegal. We’ll keep to the approach we have adopted up to now so we’ll be working as hard as we can for each other.
“That means executing the basic skills of the game – kick passing, hand passing, tackling fairly and getting scores. It’s all about doing the simple things well and it’s important that you’re able to carry that out on the biggest day of all.”
“Our gameplan won’t change just because we’re in a final and playing Donegal." - Donal Vaughan
Confidence is not lacking in the current Mayo squad, helped no doubt by the semi-final victory over Dublin. Vaughan feels that if the team clicks as a unit then they should fear no one. He added: “You have to have belief in yourself, then the team and finally the gameplan. I have massive belief in my own ability and the team as a collective possesses something similar.
"We know if we can put in a performance and play the way we can we can beat any team.”
As to hype within the county, Vaughan sees a difference, compared with recent finals. "It’s all been a bit low key this time. People aren’t getting as carried away as before. There are probably less flags about and I don’t see too many sheep or dogs being painted.
"All in all, it’s no harm, but there still is a buzz around and I’m sure that will intensify as final day nears.
“Being involved in a family business means I’m very accessible to the public, but in fairness to the people in my home town of Ballinrobe they have not imposed themselves. They just want to see you do the best you can on All-Ireland final day.”