TWO wins with an accumulated winning margin of 29 points, but Mayo manager James Horan is not getting carried away on any great tide of expectation.
While getting into a Connaught final is itself an achievement en route to a first three in-a-row since 1951, there is no doubt that Mayo have only one ambition this year - the Sam Maguire Cup.
Roscommon were the latest team to be mowed down by Mayo’s swashbuckling style as they kicked 21 points and snuffed out the Roscommon attack with an iron-like defensive fist before a crowd close to 20,000 at Elverys MacHale Park on Sunday.
However, the attention was turned towards the Mayo manager as pundits found it difficult to quantify their threat to All-Ireland champions Donegal, whom they could well be meeting in a semi-final in late August.
Horan was taking the plaudits but was also cautious about what lies ahead.
“I’ll take winning games by 29 points any time. Obviously, we didn’t get everything out of that game,” he said, perhaps hinting that Roscommon were a bit disappointing.
“We got sloppy and dropped our standards so we need to look at that. We got a bit selfish instead of playing for ourselves so that gives us plenty to work on, even though we won comfortably.
“You always find out more from closer games but we can only play what’s in front of us and we have to make sure we get competitive. Our training and our in-house games are pretty competitive so we’ll use that as a springboard.”