RTE pundit Martin Carney says he believes that Mayo footballers tend to play much better when they are underdogs and little is expected of them.
In an interview in the Irish Times Carney said:
“The feeling in Mayo before Sunday was one of very low expectation. For whatever reason, that seems to benefit teams. The Mayo crowd was very poor at the weekend and if the hype doesn’t build up too much I believe Mayo will perform quite well”.
“It shows what can be achieved if a team’s attitude is right and opponents take them for granted. The bad start compounded what looked like complacency on Cork’s part, maybe confirmed to them the match was bit of a ‘gimme’”.