Mayo not at their best but 'moving in the right direction', says Rochford

July 09, 2017

Relief was the overriding emotion for Mayo manager Stephen Rochford following yesterday's seven point All-Ireland SFC qualifier success over Clare.

Rochford's side overturned a two point half-time deficit to prevail on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-13 and, speaking to RTE Sport afterwards, the winning manager commented: "When you are coming through the qualifiers there is a certain amount of relief.

"We weren't anywhere near where we wanted to be in the first half, but thankfully we only went in at half-time two points down and we were probably lucky to be only two points down.

"We set ourselves a target of getting the first score [in the second half] and from there we kicked on and we got a goal at a real early part of that third quarter, and I think that ignited that second half performance.

"I think you saw more of what we're about in the second half. I don't think we were at our best but I think we are moving in the right direction."

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