Disappointed Mayo manager James Horan admitted his team hadn't played to their level in a demoralising five-point loss to Tyrone.
Mayo entered their sixth All-Ireland final in 10 years on a wave of expectant euphoria after finally sinking Dublin in the semi-final but they delivered their flattest display in a decider since 2006.
The phlegmatic Horan afterwards stressed that the team had made good progress in 2021 but acknowledged that poor decision-making and poor shooting had let them down in the final.
"We're disappointed with how we played today. Very disappointed," Horan told RTÉ Sport. "Lookit, we're very proud of the guys and the effort and commitment they put in this year and the development and growth we've made this year. Today is very disappointing but in the overall context, there was a lot of development.
"I think we gave away a lot of turnovers in the first half that weren't good decisions or good skills. Having said that, we were only two points down at half-time. The penalty was a big turning point as well. We could have gone one up. But overall, we started to snatch shots then. We just didn't play like we could today."
The Mayo manager refused to offer up the four-week gap as an excuse for the off-key performance.
"I don't think so. The semi-final was such a hard game, we needed time to recover. Tyrone came through and had the same team that came through the semi-final. They obviously had no injuries. Maybe from that point of view, they had a bit of momentum. But at the same time, we started the game pretty well.
"Tyrone were very good today. They were very strong, strong on their kickouts, they made great gains there. Tyrone were good and deserved their win for sure."
"I think we gave away a lot of turnovers in the first half that weren't good decisions or good skills"
Asked soon after the game whether he felt the management team could have done things differently, Horan said they made in-game changes when things weren't working out - but hinted at a general malaise, citing low tackle stats.
"We set up to play the way we picked the team. It didn't work out. So, we made in-game changes on some of those. But just in general, we seemed to be a bit off today. The tackle count was quite low.
"Maybe it wasn't today, maybe (we could have) changed something in the lead-up. Overall, it's disappointing.
"No, not at all. Lookit, the performance wasn't what we can give, that's what's disappointing."