SHAMROCK Rovers boss Michael O'Neill accepted that his side were second best as they lost their 17-game unbeaten run with a 5-1 loss away to Dundalk last night.
A hat-trick from Michael Tipton, as well as goals from Tom Miller and Faz Kuduzovic, gave Dundalk their third win in three games against Rovers this season and the result, combined with a win for Bohemians at home to Drogheda United, has made the title run -in a lot more interesting, Rovers now only four points ahead of Bohs with six games to go.
"We were second best last night, Dundalk fed off that and we can have no complaints, we were beaten by the better team," said O'Neill.
"It was a very poor performance. The conditions were a big factor, we didn't deal with the conditions in the first half and Dundalk were excellent. They put the ball into the box and we didn't deal with it, we found ourselves 4-0 down and the game was over.
"I am disappointed to lose by that scoreline but we gave people a job to do last night and they didn't do their jobs, that's what happens when you don't do your job.
"You look at Dundalk's performance last night and you wonder how their results have been the way they were," added the Rovers boss as the Hoops take a break from the league now to face Galway United in the FAI Cup on Friday.
In last night's other games, UCD came from behind to win 3-2 at home to St Patrick's Athletic, Greg Bolger netting the crucial goal for the Students.
Bray Wanderers moved off the bottom of the table thanks to a 2-2 draw away to Sporting Fingal while Galway United bounced back from Friday's disaster against Bray by earning a 2-2 draw with Sligo Rovers.
Monaghan United moved to the top of Division One with a 2-0 win over Athlone Town last night, with Sean Brennan netting both goals for United.