Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley has hit out at the clogged fixture schedule, labelling the decision to fix a league encounter four days before an FAI Cup semi-final as "disgraceful."

Rovers, who were held to a scoreless draw by St Patrick's Athletic in Tallaght tonight, must travel to Oriel Park on Monday, requiring a win or a draw to at least mathematically prolong the title race for another week. 

Then on Friday, they meet Bohemians in Dalymount Park in a hotly anticipated FAI Cup semi-final. 

"We've got to go and win the game (in Oriel)," he told RTÉ Sport after tonight's draw. "That will always be our plan no matter where we go. How can we go and win the game?

"We've always used the squad throughout the year when we've had the three games (in seven days). 

"I think it's disgraceful that we've a game on the Monday and an FAI Cup semi-final on the Friday. It's not right and it needs to be looked at."

Bradley more or less scoffed when asked if he or Rovers had made representations to alter the fixture schedule ahead of the Cup semi-final.

"Sure, you might as well talk to that wall. There's no point. Honestly. The people that make these decisions don't listen." 

It was a frustrating night at home for Bradley's team, though they were much improved in the second period following a sluggish first half in which the visitors largely controlled the play. 

"I thought they completely controlled the first half. They could have been two up, I thought we were poor. It was very unlike us.

"But I thought second half, we were very good. We controlled it and could have scored one or two. Overall, I thought the draw was probably a fair result.

"The first half from us is not good enough. We're better than that. We can't start games like that because Alan (Mannus) kept us in the game early on."

The draw, coupled with Dundalk's win at the RSC, means Shamrock Rovers are now 12 points behind the champions with five games remaining.

Technically, their league chances are still alive and they head to Oriel with a chance to prolong the uncertainty but Bradley tonight conceded that the title will be staying in Dundalk.

"Yeah, it's done. I think to be fair the best team wins the league. And they've all but done it now."