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Mayo boss James Horan on Donegal: ‘There are a lot of similarities’

“We’re a different animal now,” says the Mayo chief ahead of Sunday’s big showdown.

MAYO manager James Horan.
MAYO manager James Horan.
Image: INPHO/Donall Farmer

MAYO FACE DONEGAL in the All-Ireland SFC final on Sunday. Here’s what Mayo boss James Horan thinks of the men standing between his side and the Sam Maguire.

“We played them in the League up in Donegal. We had a bad second half and the won that game. We had a challenge against them down in Swinford, I think it was on a Sunday and we had club games the day before so we couldn’t play our A team. That challenge match was what it was, a challenge game to open a pitch. We’re a bit of a different animal since then — we’ve developed in every game and every training since then. We’re just looking forward to the challenge that Donegal will bring.

“They’re winning games. Donegal do their stuff. They do a number of different things well. They’re a fit team, but we’re a fit team too and we’re a young and hungry team. We do an awful lot of stuff well and we feel that if we do our stuff we’ll be competitive against anyone. There are similarities between the trajectories, but two very different teams would be a very fair way to describe it. There are a lot of similarities.

“There are always players on teams who you look at and see how influential they are. Mark McHugh has been powerful for Donegal this year and is a source of a lot of their attacks, so he is definitely a player we will factor in and have a look at. But we’re comfortable and very, very confident that our game and the way we play is very, very strong.”

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