DUNDALK vice-captain Mark Rossiter could not hide his disappointment following the 3-2 defeat to UCD on Friday night.
The Lilywhites surrendered an early lead to find themselves 3-1 down approaching the hour mark and even though they had enough chances to still take something from the game, Rossiter felt they should never have been in that position.
“It’s very disappointing”, he said. “From a team point of view, that’s the most chances we’ve created in a game. They got a controversial penalty and they’ve had two chances and they’ve scored from them.
“We shouldn’t be leaving ourselves in a situation where we are chasing games in the 90th minute. We have done it too many times this season”, he added.
“There is a lot of bollocks about this team going until the 90th minute but if you are chasing two goals against teams, you are leaving yourself with too much to do. You won’t comeback all the time.
“We had enough chances to have won three games. The positive is that we seem to be creating chances in every game. If we weren’t creating then we would have a problem.”
Things looked very promising for Dundalk when Pat Hoban put them ahead after just 100 seconds but they never kicked on, much to Rossiter’s regret.
“We started the game really well, got the goal after two minutes and pressed them. After that we stopped. UCD didn’t really play in the first-half, we dominated the game, but they were awarded a soft penalty. You need to regroup and push on from there but I don’t think we did.”
Dundalk’s slack ending to the first-half continued into the second as McMillan put UCD in front after just four minutes of the restart.
“We got off to a bad start in the second-half”, said Rossiter. “They scored again and, in fairness to them, their third goal was very good. They have pace in their team, they are set up to hit on the counter attack and they did that for the third goal but to concede three against UCD is not good enough.”
Despite the result, Dundalk remain unoccupied in fourth place - three points ahead of Shamrock Rovers – but they now sit nine points off the top of the table ahead of their visit to Sligo on Tuesday.
“We are only focussed on our own results but we should have gained ground tonight”, lamented Rossiter. “We’re going over to the Showgrounds now looking for a win. If Sligo Rovers think they’ll have an easy game of it, they’re in for a shock. There is a lot of boys in that dressing room who are going home angry tonight. We’ll be ready to kick on on Tuesday.”