Dundalk sporting director Jim Magilton willingly shouldered the blame for sticking with the line-up which ended Shamrock Rovers' 33-game unbeaten run as the Lilywhites suffered a 5-1 drubbing by Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Monday evening.

Despite a protest before Friday's surprise 2-1 win over the Hoops, fans would have hoped the result could have proved a turning point in the Oriel Park outfit's season.

However, that win smacked of a false dawn as Dundalk were dismantled by the Gypsies in Phibsborough.

"We were second best all over the pitch," Magilton, who is acting as interim manager as the club continues its search for a new boss, told RTÉ Sport.

"That's probably, in hindsight, my fault. I gave the 11 who did so well and started the game the other night another chance and we were leggy."

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Team selection aside, Magilton also questioned the application of his charges in another anaemic display.

"It's been par for the course this year, we've given ourselves mountains to climb, and we've managed to get back into games.

"Today we just didn't have enough.

"What is more disappointing is the attitude and application shown by Bohemians, who had the same turnaround as ourselves, and we just couldn't go again. We didn't have enough in our locker.

"Given the experience and quality we have in our team, to be beaten in sheer endeavour is really disappointing."

Dundalk players now face a brief period of soul searching before returning to the fray against St Pat's at Richmond Park on Friday night.

"It'll hurt staff, I know it'll hurt players," Magilton added.

"They'll have to reflect on why they were so poor. They can't turn up and think they are going to win a game of football just by thinking they had overcome the best team in the country.

"And they're the best team in the country because they can go week in, week out and be consistent in performances and attitude and application. There are lessons we can learn from today, certainly."

Meanwhile, Bohs boss Keith Long couldn't fault his side after they bounced back to winning way after Friday's narrow loss to St Pat's.

"It was a brilliant team performance from the boys," Long enthused.

"The players didn't feel sorry for themselves.

"We played really well in Inchicore and should have got something from the game. We didn't.

"We reset, we refocused and we got the boys in over the weekend and we've gone again and run out convincing winners after a really, really good team performance."