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Fitzmaurice: Kerry need more consistency

Updated: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 20:37 | Comments

Eamon Fitzmaurice's Kerry facing a "tough" clash with Mayo
Eamon Fitzmaurice's Kerry facing a "tough" clash with Mayo

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Despite reaching an All-Ireland football semi-final, Kerry boss Eamonn Fizmaurice still believes there is more to come from his side ahead of Sunday’s clash with Mayo.

The Kingdom have had an excellent championship record against the Westerners in recent times and Fitzmaurice will be hoping the winning sequence continues this weekend. Kerry last reached the September decider in 2011 and it was James Horan’s Mayo whom they defeated in the semis.  

As for this year’s camapaign, Kerry retained their Munster title, but the manager would welcome a more consistent level of performance from his troops.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: “We have been winning games. We’ve mixed the good and the bad. In the Cork game (Munster final) we played very well.

"In the other two games (Clare and Galway), we had patches of good play and poor play. We aren’t as consistent as we’d like to be yet.  However, if we keep improving, I’d be happy enough.”

"We’ve mixed the good and the bad" - Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Not surprisingly, Fitzmaurice is expecting a tough encounter against what he describes are “a serious” team on Sunday next.

“Under James Horan, Mayo have really progressed in the last couple of years. When he took over in 2011, he made them into a different animal altogether.

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"They were very, very close in the last two years to winning an All-Ireland. They are a serious team  - a team we have a lot of respect for in terms of what they have achieved over the last couple of years."

Horan is also acutely aware of the attacking threat he faces on Sunday. 

"They are ferociously honest and work very hard for each other, particularly in the forward line.” he added.

“They have a good few game-breakers that can score from anywhere. The likes of Lee Keegan is having a massive season again. Aidan O’Shea, Alan Dillon, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran and Jason Doherty and Kevin McLoughlin are all serious players. 

"I think they are a very united bunch and they’ll  be a hard nut for us to crack." 

Watch Kerry v Mayo live on RTÉ Two television from 1445, Sky Sports 3 from 1500. Also live on RTÉ Player and worldwide on GAAGO.

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