Despite Dundalk inflicting a heavy - and what could prove to be costly defeat - on Bohemians last Friday night, former player Mark Rossiter is hopeful the Gypsies will not drop out of the division.
As his current side moved into third place in the league table, Shelbourne cut the gap on second-bottom Bohs to a solitary point which left supporters rather worried around Phibsboro.
However, Rossiter, who enjoyed a successful spell with the club in which he won two league titles and an FAI and Setanta Cup, revealed he will be rooting for them in their bid to retain their top flight status.
“I have a lot of time and respect for Bohs as a club and the supporters too and it is disappointing to see them at the bottom,” said ‘Rossi’.
“It shows though that any team can fall into that trap no matter who you are if you try to go beyond your means. I know times were tough off the field even when I was there and we won the league.”
He does believe that they have shown that they are better than their results may suggest, saying: “They have picked up good results away from home especially against teams like Shamrock Rovers, Sligo and Pat’s and I just hope that they can beat the drop.”
Of the game itself, which Dundalk coasted to thanks to a 3-0 win through a Pat Hoban hat-trick, the 30-year-old was happy to be back having picked up an injury against Limerick but happier that the Lilywhites picked up the win in the kind of game that they have struggled in at times.
“But we opened them up well at times and got the goals we needed at good times by taking the game to them which we did very well so I am very happy.”
The win moved them to within three points of St Pat’s at the top of the table and the whispers around Carrick Road of a title challenge have become louder and louder, not that the versatile star is too concerned about that.
Rossiter, in search of his third league title medal in Irish football, is resolute in his insistence that it remains too early at this stage of the season to discuss it.
“Come back to me again with five games to go and then we will see about it,” he laughed. “There is still so much football to be played and anything can happen.
“We will just keep looking at our games and then at the end of the season we will see about all of that.”