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Ian Baraclough admits Sligo Rovers were 'second best in all departments' against Dundalk

Updated: Saturday, 24 May 2014 12:11 | Comments

The Bit o' Red face Shamrock Rovers next weekend in The Showgrounds
The Bit o' Red face Shamrock Rovers next weekend in The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough admitted his side were "second best in all departments" in Friday’s 3-0 defeat to league leaders Dundalk in Oriel Park.

Visiting goalkeeper Gary Rogers was Sligo’s best performer as he denied Dundalk an even more convincing victory with a string of excellent saves.

Daryl Horgan, Kurtis Byrne and Patrick Hoban did manage to find the net as the Lilywhites produced a stunning performance to go 11 points clear of the Bit o’ Red.

Baraclough said: “It could have been (more) if it wasn't for Gary Rogers. We were well-beaten on the night and that's all I can really say. I thought we were second best in all departments and rightly got beaten.

“I think we'll learn from it. To be beaten so soundly hurts me as a manager and hopefully it hurts the players. I hope it's starting to sink in.

“You talk about fine margins and winning individuals battles within a team game is essential. We didn't win enough of those battles unfortunately.”

The Sligo boss added that the result is a reality check as their run of eight league matches unbeaten came to an end in a devastating fashion.

Rovers won the Setanta Sports Cup earlier this month against Stephen Kenny's men but face a huge mountain to climb in the Premier Division with five defeats in the league before the half-way stage.

Baraclough said: “We've worked really hard to get ourselves back in the shake-up. This defeat isn't going to help matters.

“We knew we were coming to a place that was going to ask questions of us. Unfortunately we didn't have enough answers at all.

“That probably brings some people back down to earth. You might have won a trophy, you have might have won five out of six games, but this game has a knack of hurting you.

“That has shown some of our deficiencies that when you're not fully at it, you'll get beaten.

“Tonight Dundalk were quicker to second balls, better in a lot of departments and it is there for everyone to see. Three-nil, there is no argument.”

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