Jason Doherty: Mayo 'need to find consistency' in National League

Updated: Friday, 29 Mar 2013 09:10 | Comments

Mayo have won two matches in the league
Mayo have won two matches in the league

Mayo forward Jason Doherty wants to find a consistency that can maintain the county’s place in the top flight of the Allianz Football League - and possibly earn a place in the semi-finals.

The Connacht champions obtained a small measure of revenge for last year’s All-Ireland final defeat against Donegal with a four-point victory last Sunday in Castlebar to boost their survival hopes.

James Horan’s side could even move into contention for fourth spot in the league if results fall correctly on the final day of fixtures, with this week's opponents Cork - as well as Donegal and Kerry - in the mix.

Speaking at the Race the Rás launch in Croke Park ahead of the trip to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday week, Doherty said: "Our aim is to go down Cork and get the two points.

"We can only let everything else look after itself, whether we reach the semi-finals or stay up, our main priority is put in a good performance, up it again from the last day and beat Cork down there.

"It’ll be by no means an easy task but if we can come out with two points we’ll let everything else look after itself.

"We went on a bad run of results but at the same time within those games there were patches of very good football. We just didn’t sustain that.

"We got punished for it by other teams and rightly so. We know ourselves if we can sustain that play for 70 minutes and work hard then we can come out with a lot of good results. That is what happened the last day.

"We just sustained that pressure and work rate a little bit longer than we have been and we came away with the two points which is the most important thing."

Mayo surprised many by reaching the All-Ireland decider last season and while their form has done little to inspire confidence for the season ahead, the Burrishoole man has ambitions to go a step better.

“2012 is done, it is gone and we have to forget about that. Whatever happened then, we’re not going to let it affect us in 2013.

"Our aim again this year is get as far as we can and if that means winning an All-Ireland, all the better.

"That is what we want to do. Every player is trying to improve the whole time. If every player ups it a couple of percent, we know we will not be that far off," he concluded.

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