Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson has claimed that Dundalk’s team selection in their 5-2 defeat away to St Patrick’s Athletic showed a lack of integrity.
Just two days after clinching a third successive SSE Airtricity League title, manager Stephen Kenny made nine changes to the side that defeated Bohemians with upcoming Europa League fixtures plus an FAI Cup final date against Cork City looming in the calendar.
Keith Dalton made his league debut for the Lilywhites, while Georgie Poynton and Michael O’Connor made their first starts in the league and Pat’s took advantage of the second string selection by racing into a four-goal lead at the interval.
Dean Shiels and Michael O'Connor pulled goals back in the second half, but it was a night to forget for Dundalk, with Jonathan Lunney claiming the seventh and final goal on the night for the hosts with four minutes remaining.
The result was not good news for Sligo Rovers, who sit just one point ahead of Pat’s with one game remaining and Roberston voiced his displeasure at events at Richmond Park on his personal Twitter account.
“Looks like Stephen Kenny & Dundalk have chucked the towel in on the League #NoIntegrity,” he posted and followed it up with a later tweet with the hashtag ‘justsaying’.
Looks like Stephen Kenny & Dundalk have chucked the towel in on the League #NoIntegrity— Dave Robertson (@DaveRobertson11) October 25, 2016
Robertson later added that he was "just hoping for a more competitive end of the season for everyone in the League, no insult intended."
Rovers complete their campaign at home to struggling Wexford Youths on Friday night, while the Saints entertain Derry City at the same time.