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Published: 10:55 | 16/8/16

Rochford: We need to score goals


Stephen Rochford has warned Mayo will need to score goals if they are to beat Tipperary and advance to the All-Ireland SFC final.

Mayo are the warm favourites to win Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park but they face a Tipperary team that overcame Galway, who defeated Mayo in the Connacht SFC.

Having failed to find the back of the net against Tyrone, Rochford believes a repeat performance on Sunday could prove costly.

“We didn’t create any goal chance, which wouldn’t necessarily be easy against Tyrone but is still something I think in order to beat Tipperary and the scores we accumulate we will need to be able to score a goal," he told the Irish Examiner.

“Otherwise, you’re on about kicking 16 or 17 points and that’s a very difficult challenge considering the way they played against Galway anyway."

When asked about being the bookmakers favourites, Rochford added: “They also expected us to beat Galway and we didn’t. If that isn’t a lesson for what is outside the group and what can get talked about, maybe I’m not doing my job properly. I don’t see that being a factor at all. We’re acutely aware of what Tipperary bring.

"They had the standout result in the early rounds when they beat Cork and the way they regrouped after the Munster final defeat was really super, travelling to Cavan and the performance they put up against Galway, the team that handed us a good beating a number of weeks ago.

“If somebody just landed back in the country thinks all we have to do is turn up that certainly isn’t the language, the mood or vibe that’s currently in our camp."

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