Mayo lacked a huge amount of leadership in attack - Staunton

September 16, 2021

The Mayo players warm up ahead of the All-Ireland SFC final against Tyrone at Croke Park ©INPHO/James Crombie

Mayo legend Cora Staunton reckons her county lacked “a huge amount of leadership” in attack during last Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC final loss to Tyrone.

The Connacht champions were made to rue their missed chances at Croke Park as they fell to a 2-14 to 0-15 defeat, meaning their long wait for the Sam Maguire Cup goes on.

Speaking on Off The Ball, Staunton tried to dissect where it went wrong for James Horan’s men on the day.

"In my opinion and this is just from me watching the game, I sat with Colm Cooper watching it on Saturday evening and just even from speaking to him, looking at the game I felt that at times we were so devoid of any game plan in the forwards,” said the four-time All-Ireland winner.

"I just didn't feel that we have a structure that we know we're playing to in the forward line. At times we had Tommy Conroy chasing back on the Mayo 21, we had Kevin McLoughlin at times in on the full-forward line.

"To me, Kevin McLoughlin is our playmaker, we need him to get on the ball as much as we can. Tommy Conroy has the speed and is probably one of maybe two or three players who can get goals for us, who can score and I just thought there was no structure in our forward line. We lacked a huge amount of leadership up there."

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