James Horan says side have no complaints after All-Ireland final loss

By Michael Scully

James Horan said Mayo could have no complaints after losing yet another All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park.

Since last lifting the Sam Maguire in 1951, the county have lost 11 finals, including today's first meeting in an All-Ireland decider with Tyrone.

Mayo had the goal chances to make history - including Ryan O'Donoghue's 41st minute penalty - but failed to take any of them, while Tyrone scored two goals to put the game beyond Horan's charges.

"We’re disappointed," said Horan. "We’re disappointed with how we played today - very disappointed that way.

"Look, we’re very proud of the guys and the effort and commitment they put in this year, and the development and growth that we’ve made this year.

"Today is very disappointing but, in the overall context, there was a lot of development this year.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 11/9/2021 Mayo vs Tyrone Tyrone Peter Canavan and his son Darragh Canavan celebrate (©INPHO/James Crombie)

“I think we gave away a lot of turnovers in the first half that weren’t good decisions or good skills. But having said that we were still in the game, 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 at shots then. So, we just didn’t play like we could today.

“Tyrone were very good today. They were very strong - they were strong in their kickouts and made great gains there. Tyrone were good and deserved their win, for sure.”

Asked if he would have done anything differently in hindsight, Horan added: “We set up to play a way and picked a team, and it didn’t work out so we made in-game changes.

"But just as a general we seemed to be a bit off today. The tackle count was quite low...but overall it’s disappointing.”

Asked if he saw that coming in the build-up, Horan replied: “No, not at all.

"The performance wasn’t what we can give, I suppose. That’s the disappointing thing.”

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