Finn Harps might have enjoyed a decent start to the season, but the result and manner of Friday's defeat, prompted Ollie Horgan to point out just why he, for one, was never getting carried away with the good results.
“I have said this from day one. We’re in a battle at the bottom of the table,” he said.
“Some people want to interpret it differently and feel that maybe I’m too negative.
“Look, we’re going to be down battling, near the bottom of the table and if we survive it’ll be a massive achievement.
“Some people don’t want to hear that, but that’s what it is.
“Tonight showed the gulf in standard without a shadow of a doubt.
“But unfortunately there was a gulf in hunger and work-rate that shouldn’t have been there.
At least Harps will be given an early chance to put Friday night's mauling behind them when they travel to play St. Patrick's Athletic on Tuesday night.
Harps might not have been happy with the decision to reschedule the fixture to next week. But all of a sudden, that move might well prove a blessing for Horgan's side.
“The sooner the better we get into a game again - albeit a hugely difficult game away in Inchicore,” Horgan said.
“ The last time we were there we conceded six.
“But if we were waiting two or three weeks for our next game, I think that result (the Dundalk defeat) might linger on a little bit.
“But we’ve got to move on, and we will do.
“We’re in tomorrow morning which is great so that we can try and move on from this and prepare for Inchicore.”
To rub salt into the wounds, both Wexford Youths (2-0 v Shamrock Rovers) and Longford Town (3-3 at St. Pat's), picked up valuable points on Friday to close the gap on Harps.
Horgan's side now face two difficult away games in Dublin with Shamrock Rovers to come on Sunday week.
In between the St. Pat's and Rovers games, Harps are back in action in Ballybofey next Saturday night when they play Crumlin United in the FAI Senior Cup 2nd round.
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