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Mayo have ‘a lot to work on’, warns Peter Canavan

Following Mayo’s draw with Galway in the National League opener, Peter Canavan highlighted how Kevin McStay’s side have room to improve

Peter Canavan Mayo

Tyrone legend Peter Canavan has said that Mayo have a great deal to work on, despite the heart shown to dig out a draw against Galway on Saturday night.

Kevin McStay’s charges rescued a point late in the contest, with a Ryan O’Donoghue leveller seconds before the final whistle.

But Canavan, who recently joined RTÉ as a pundit, noted that there was no change of style by the men in green and red.

“He (McStay) will be delighted with their endeavour and the way they went about it. Even at the start of the second-half, they came out a different Mayo team, there was a wee bit more jizz about them. And they really went at [Galway]. But again, in terms of pattern and styles of play, very hard [to see a difference],” said the 1995 Footballer of the Year.

And he suggested that Mayo should have taken a more direct approach following the introduction of Aidan O’Shea.

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“Even when Aidan came in, they didn’t kick the ball into him,” he said.

“From time to time he was [on the edge of the square], and the ball simply wasn’t kicked in. Eoghan Kelly went on him straight away, but he still had a height advantage over him.

“It’s the end of January, and Kevin is a relieved man there. He wanted fight and endeavour from his side. He definitely got that. But they’ve a lot to work on moving forward.”

Next up for Mayo in Division 1 is a trip to Athletic Grounds next Sunday to face Armagh, who picked up an opening win away to Monaghan on Saturday evening.

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