James Horan explains what Mayo can do to get more joy in attack against Dublin

He and Aaron Kernan look ahead to the All-Ireland final replay

BY Raf Diallo 21:23 Thursday 29 September 2016, 21:23 29 Sep 2016

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea ©INPHO/James Crombie

James Horan believes Mayo can reap some rewards with more options on the ball in attack to reduce the need for lower percentage shots against Dublin in Saturday's All-Ireland final replay. 

The former Mayo manager joined Off The Ball to look ahead to the much-anticipated fixture and gave his take on what both teams can add.

With Mayo, their defending in the drawn final impressed him but he believes they can bring a little bit extra to their attack.

"Their defending the last day was absolutely superb. It was disciplined, it was controlled, they stood strong, good footwork and you felt they were getting in good contact with the Dublin players," he said.

"I think what Mayo need to do a little bit more is some of the shots that they took, they probably had to take. They were that little bit further out than you'd like. The support or the option that you need if that shot is too high risk - so you can pop it off and play it again - that option on the shoulder wasn't always there.

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly with Chris Barrett of Mayo ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

"So that extra man that you need to keep defenders honest wasn't always there, so you had Mayo taking high risk shots. I think Mayo in that transition, where they get the ball into attack quickly, they need to have one to two more options there with the ball and I think if they have that, they can create some doubt in the Dublin defenders' minds, so they could have a higher return rate."

James also expects "Dublin to be more of what they're strong at" and highlighted the threat of Brian Fenton, although he feels the 2015 All-Ireland champions are "more beatable than they were two years ago" as he had explained in detail shortly after the drawn final.

Aaron Kernan also joined Off The Ball to look ahead to the replay and he believes too much focus has been put on one match-up in the space between the first final and Saturday.

"I would say the Lee Keegan-Diarmuid Connolly scenario for me definitely has been over-hyped - too much emphasis on the two players," he said. 

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