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Finian Hanley admits to hurt in Galway after 17-point defeat to Mayo

Updated: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:13 | Comments

"Supporters will be quite disappointed and so they should be. Galway and Mayo is a huge game. That is a lot of people's year."
"Supporters will be quite disappointed and so they should be. Galway and Mayo is a huge game. That is a lot of people's year."

Galway's Finian Hanley has admitted there is a lot of hurt in the county after the humiliating defeat to Mayo in the Connacht Senior Football Championship on Sunday in Pearse Stadium.

The Tribsemen were hammered 4-16 to 0-11 by the 2012 All-Ireland finalists and ended the match with 13 men after a disasterous afternoon.

Hanley, who missed the game because of injury, told RTÉ Sport: "We didn't do ourselves justice by any means. It just seemed to come and go with a whimper. We whimpered out.

"The facts are there and it is crystal clear to everyone that it is what happened. We started quite poorly and after that we just couldn't get it back.

"There is work to be done. We have to take our medicine and look at the game. We made a lot of fundamental errors and definitely we can get back on the training pitch and work on these things.

"We are going to be training for the next couple of weeks, we are going to be playing a qualifier, we are going to do it with intent and hopefully improve on a lot on Sunday. I think a few small improvements will make a massive difference.

"We have a lot of young players. It is quite a young dressing-room and young panel we have. It will be quite tough take for a lot of guys, myself included. It has been a tough couple of days. You are playing your neighbours, your old rivals and things like that.

"Supporters will be quite disappointed and so they should be. Galway and Mayo is a huge game. That is a lot of people's year.

"The fact we played so poorly will not help. We have a lot to look at and there is a lot to work on.

"The management and players will all have to look at themselves now. We all have to sit down together and see where we go from here with regards to coming back.

"People will question attitude and that is fair enough. People are disappointed with Sunday and no one is more disappointed than the players.

"I know that and no one wants to make amends more than the players and management as well. It's difficult, a tough place to come back from, but that is life and it has to be done now. It is either that or taper out again."

Hanley did not feature in the game because of a shoulder injury picked up in training.

As Galway attempt to regroup, he is aiming to be back in time for the first round of qualifiers.

He concluded: "I was disappointed not be involved on Sunday. You always want to play but it just came a week or two too early for me. It was disappointing to watch but I know what it is like out there. I've been out there a lot of times and I've been out there a lot of times and made a lot of mistakes as well.

"But when the whole team is making mistakes it is more obvious than just one or individuals.

"I hope to be fit for the qualifiers. I have another week or two to get back training fully but we have six weeks now so my own thing for the next couple of weeks is get myself right, get myself fit and see if I can get back in contention again."

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