Mayo midfielder Aidan O’Shea insists there is a determination in their camp to make up for Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Championship final defeat to Donegal in Croke Park.
The Green and Red were beaten by four points as they paid the price for a poor start, missing out on a first Sam Maguire win since 1951.
O’Shea is adamant the panel will regroup under manager James Horan: “It is a tough one to take. Supporters are waiting a long time for an All-Ireland. But we don’t see it like that as players. I’m only playing four years and it is my first all-Ireland final."
“Obviously it is four years now that I have not won one but I’m sure that there is great bunch of guys there, we have a great backroom team with James in charge and I’m sure the boys are going to knuckle down again when we get back together in a couple of weeks time to start back at it.
“There is a burning desire to do well with this team and I’m sure we’ll be back next year.”
"It didn’t work out to plan, especially in the first 10 minutes" - Aidan O'Shea
O’Shea was proud of the fightback Mayo made from a disastrous opening 10 minutes where they conceded 2-01 without reply but, after a season where they conceded so few goals, it was devastating to give themselves such a mountain to climb today.
He said: “It didn’t work out to plan, especially in the first 10 minutes. We conceded two goals. It is something we spoke about last week that crazy things can happen in All-Ireland finals. All you can say is fair play to the boys for sticking at it.
“We brought it back to two or three points at one stage and we missed a few chances after half-time where we could have gained momentum.
"We all know how Donegal play and how defensive they can be at times and once they got that lead it was going to be very hard to tag back.
“It was something we prided ourselves on all year. We conceded no goals in the league. We conceded two against Down against the run of play and we were out the gate that day.
"We are bitterly disappointed to have conceded two in the first 12 minutes. We were basically starting minus seven against a very, very formidable side.
“I think for 40 or 50 minutes of that game we were well on top. Like I said, it was always going to be very hard to tag it back but I did think we were on top for long stretches. “