James Horan feels Mayo's performance was "patchy" despite a comprehensive All-Ireland semi-final victory over Tipperary.
The Mayo manager has guided the county to a Croke Park decider for the third time in his managerial career, with Dublin the opposition on 19 December, and saw his side score five goals, including a haul of four from Cillian O'Connor.
But Horan expressed concerns about his side taking the foot off the pedal in the second half as Tipperary helped themselves to two goals and numerous points in the eventual 5-20 to 3-13 result at HQ.
"Patchy... when we were good, we were very, very good but I think we stepped off the gas a little bit in the second half and lost the overall battle in the second half," he told RTÉ Sport when asked about his thoughts on proceedings.
"We did a lot of things right and maybe after 10 minutes of the first half, I thought our pressure on Tipperary was very, very good and we scored heavily during that time.
"But I'd be disappointed with a lot of the second half to be honest and how we played. We just stood off a little bit, so loads of stuff for us to look at but overall, it's about getting into a final and looking forward to that and working for that so we'll take that."
Horan also praised goalkeeper David Clarke for timely interventions for denying Tipperary's early goal chances and also credited "brilliant marksman" Cillian O'Connor for making hay at the other end with an individual haul of 4-09.
"The full-forward line in general were very sharp today, Tommy Conroy and Aidan [O'Shea] as well," he added.
Highlights of this weekend's action will be on The Sunday Game, 9.30pm RTÉ2.