Bohemians manager Keith Long believes his side were their own worst enemy as they threw away a 1-0 lead against the 10 men of Shamrock Rovers in Monday night clash at Tallaght Stadium.

Bohs took control on at Tallaght Stadium in a frantic ten-minute spell just before half-time when Liam Burt fired the visitors Roberto Lopes dismissed after tussling with Bohemians striker Promise Omochere.

The home side also lost Gary O'Neill to a suspected concussion before the break.

However rather that build on their advantage in the second-half, Bohemians seemed to retreat into themselves and allowed Rovers to force their way back into the game.

Rovers equalised on 69 minutes through a dreadful goalkeeping error. Stephen McGuinness, who was a last- minute addition to the team for the injured James Talbot, made a mess of collecting a weak long-range shot from Richie Towell and allowed the ball to bounce off him and into the net.

Afterwards Long was left to bemoan his side's second-half display and admitted that it was a case of two-points lost for his side.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "Rovers were down to 10-men and we’re 1-0 up and it’s another costly individual error.

"I apportion no blame to Stephen McGuinness, he comes in having been on the bench all year, playing second to James. It’s unfortunate for Stephan because he feels he should have collected that shot from distance.

"I think we missed a beat really at half-time, because we didn’t come out second-half in the manner that we wanted to.

"We wanted to use the man advantage to pass the ball better, to move it quicker and when we did it we created chances but we didn’t do it enough.

"We were probably a little bit lucky in the end, Rovers had a chance or two, again of our own making. There were some individual errors and some basic mistakes that we need to make sure don’t happen."

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What made the result all the more disappointing for Long is that a win would have taken them above Derry City into fourth place and just a point behind Sligo Rovers, who sit in third place, which offers European qualification.

Despite this Long remains upbeat about his side’s European chances.

"It’s another point," he said. "Coming away to Rovers is very tough and in a Dublin derby you don’t get anything easy.

"We’ve got a number of games still to play so there’s still a lot of twists and turns to go in the season.

"It’s out of our hands a little bit, we have to rely on result elsewhere but coming to Tallaght, losing the players that we did pre-game and with the game on Friday against Dundalk, it’s not the worst result in the world."

Up next for Bohemians a FAI Cup semi-final clash with Waterford on Friday and Long hopes to be able to welcome back Talbot for that game along with Georgie Kelly and Ross Tierney who both missed the clash with Rovers.

"We’ll have to wait and see," he replied when asked about their fitness. "It’s not all doom and gloom, the dressing room is still positive. The boys understand the importance of this week.

"We’re looking forward to the game on Friday, it’s a big challenge to get the boys ready and hopefully we’ll have the bodies back on the pitch for selection on Friday."