Photo: Mayo Mick
Monday morning once more, a nice-looking one too if these early indications are anything to go by, but one for work rather than play so I’ll keep this one brief enough. I’ll get to the match reports in a little bit but first I need to wave my tally stick around the place a bit.
Yesterday’s performance by the lads was poor – I think we’re all agreed on that. My own match report didn’t hold back in pointing to the inadequacies in certain aspects of our play yesterday and the flood of post-match comments were also, in the main, of the hard but fair category. A minority, though, strayed over the line and, as ever, it’s the actions of the minority that risks tainting the whole lot of us with the same coat of tar.
The comments in question include the allegation that a particular player “just doesn’t seem to care”, that our brightest young spark on the day is “over-rated” and “not the answer” and that, in relation to the team as a whole “we need a big clean-out”. Don’t bother going back looking for these comments as they’ve all been deleted. I know it’s a case of bolting the door after the horse has scarpered and that, a bit like Padraig Hughes yesterday, I can with some justification be accused of not brandishing cards when I should have done but I’m doing so now to make the point that there are acceptable ways to make criticisms of players and there are unacceptable ways. For anyone who needs guidance on this issue, the house rules on posting comments are here.
I get it that many people are pissed off after yesterday’s performance but I think it’s important to view the match on its own merits – a league game in February at a time when we’re missing a number of important players and trying out some players in different positions at a juncture where we’re a bit behind the curve in terms of prep compared to our opponents – and not use the result to rush to judgment on individual players or the team as a whole and its prospects for this year. As I said yesterday, we were getting relegated last April until Cillian O’Connor knocked over those two monstrous sideline kicks down in Páirc Uí Chaoimh – on a day, incidentally, when the player who allegedly doesn’t seem to care put in an absolutely storming performance – so I think it’s a bit premature to rule out what could yet prove to be an okay league campaign based on our first two results. Using these defeats as a basis for saying we’ll do no good in the championship is just ridiculous.
Okay, lecture over – onto the match reports. Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph, GAA, RTÉ (match report, post-match comments), BBC, The Score, Breaking News, Hogan Stand. Photos of the game from Mayo Mick, Sportsfile and Inpho.
That’s it – back to work, you lot but don’t forget to vote for your Mayo MOTM if you haven’t yet done so. Have a good one.