GALWAY manager Alan Mulholland conceded the scars of Saturday evening's shock defeat to Sligo in Salthill would take some considerable time to heal.
"The dressing room is really deflated in there," he admitted after Sligo had plundered two second-half goals to win by 2-14 to 0-15 at Pearse Stadium and in doing so, simultaneously qualified for another Connacht Final and burst Galway's recent bubble.
"We will take a while to bounce back. The good news is that we have a few weeks to just let the dust settle on this. They will go back to their clubs and play a few games for the next couple of weeks. We will be in a different headspace in a few weeks.
"We have got to do ourselves justice. There is no point in training from October to now and then give up for the next couple of weeks.
"We are going to try regroup in the next couple of weeks and give this a lash and see where that takes us."
Adrian Marren was responsible for 2-6 of Sligo's tally, with 1-4 coming from play as Galway drew a collective blank as to how best to stop Sligo's talisman.
Sligo trailed by four points at the break (0-9 to 0-5) but showed a different class entirely in front of the posts after half-time and were level by the 47th minute, at which point Galway hadn't scored for 19 minutes.
The expected introduction of Michael Meehan and Pádraig Joyce had little uniting effect on the Tribesmen and when Marren bagged his second goal after 69 minutes, Sligo's mugging was complete.
"There's nothing worse than coming off and knowing you haven't performed. That's the way we're taking it at the moment.
"Hopefully there's another one there," said Sligo manager and Galway All-Ireland winning midfielder, Kevin Walsh after they qualified for another provincial final with Mayo or Leitrim on July 15.
"The approach will be different on the basis that hopefully we've learned a few lessons.
"Having said that, it's every game on its own. If Mayo beat Leitrim, we're heading into the lion's den," concluded Walsh.