Dundalk midfielder and man of the match Chris Shields was unhappy with the antics of his former team-mate Derek Foran in the 0-0 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night.
Foran went down clutching his face after an altercation with David McMillan, leading to the Dundalk striker getting his marching orders from Neil Doyle.
And Shields, who was a team-mate of Foran during the 2012 season at Oriel Park, said he was surprised by the defender’s behaviour.
“I think it was play acting by Derek more than anything. Dave may have given him the opportunity by raising his hands but Derek has gone down way too easily.
“I don’t think that’s in Derek’s nature. He got the opportunity to go down and he seized it. It’s streetwise and it shows a bit of cleverness but it’s not something you want to see happen.”
The scoreless draw maintains Dundalk’s six point lead over Pat’s at the halfway point of the campaign. If offered that position at the start of the season, Shields said he would have taken hand and all.
“I would have definitely snatched at that, especially after the first day of the season,” he laughed.
“There was a bit of dejection that we didn’t win the game tonight but it goes to show how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed with a 0-0 draw against the champions.”
The Dundalk players return to training on Wednesday after having the rare luxury of four days off and Shields said the break had arrived at just the right time.
“The legs are getting a bit weary and the few days rest will do us the world of good,” he added. “The games are coming thick and fast so it will give us a chance to relax for a few days.”