Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley insists he understands the frustrations of his side’s fans after the Hoops slipped to a 5-2 defeat against Dundalk.

Rovers were the better side in the early stages and took a deserved early lead when Dan Carr poked home from close range.

However Patrick Hoban levelled for the visitors against the run of play just before half-time and Rovers suffered a second-half collapse.

Daniel Cleary, Dane Massey and a Robbie Benson brace saw Stephen Kenny's side cut loose in the final stages, with Roberto Lopes briefly giving Rovers some hope, before it was dashed.

The Hoops have now won just two of their last 13 games. 

A section of the Rovers support were calling for managerial change at the final whistle and speaking to RTÉ Sport, Bradley admitted that he can understand their frustrations.

"We got beat at home, I understand they’re frustrated. We’ll keep working hard," he said.

"The game was tight, we could have been two-up. The scoreline at the end maybe tells a different story but I thought for large parts we were good in the game."

Bradley pointed to injuries to both Carr and Ronan Finn as the turning point in the game and admitted that his side felt the lose of Graham Burke.

Burke was released by Rovers ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s international friendly with the USA, although there have been questions raised over the wisdom of letter such an important player miss this game.

"Any team in this country would miss Graham, he’s a top player, but he’s going to play for his country," Bradley said.

"Whether it’s one minute or 90 minutes, he has a chance to play for his country, we support that 100%.

"We still created chances but with Dan and Ronan on the pitch we were the team that looked really in control.

"When they two big players come out for you, it obviously has an effect."