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Published: 10:21 | 10/3/16

Keegan: Mayo in a dogfight

Mayo are in a dogfight and must treat every game as if it were the Championship, Lee Keegan has stated.

Last weekend's defeat of Monaghan was their first win in the Allianz Football League this season and they are in danger of losing their Division 1 status if they do not turn things around.

They face Kerry in Castlebar this weekend before games against Roscommon and Down and Keegan admits they need to get points on the board if they are to avoid relegation to Division 2.

"It’s very important that we move on now and put in a big week in training ahead of playing Kerry. We are still in a dogfight and it is vital that we get another two points," Keegan said.

"We don’t really have a target in terms of points overall, just to try and win every game from now on. We are looking at it that it is Championship time now and every game is kind of a knock-out. We will take it as it comes on that basis.

"Beating Monaghan was a huge momentum builder for us because it’s all about building confidence and there is no better way of doing that than by getting wins up on the board."

Mayo have a good record against Kerry in the league and will be looking for a fifth win in six meetings when the Kingdom travel to Castlebar.

"We’ve had a few thrillers over the last few years, especially with those semi-finals in 2014," Keegan reflected. "We actually have a very good record against them in the league so hopefully we can continue that.

"It’s definitely a game that we love to target each year and having them at home is going to be a huge help too. It’s another huge game and if we can get the two points there, you don’t know where it’s going to take us."

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