IB: We didn't have enough answers
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough said his side didn’t have enough answers in the defeat to Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division on Friday night.
The Bit o’ Red went down to a convincing 3-0 defeat against the Lilywhites and goalkeeper Gary Rogers had to keep the rampant home side at bay to prevent further goals.
He told RTÉ: “We knew we were coming to a place that was going to ask questions of us. Unfortunately we didn't have enough answers at all. That probably brings some people back down to earth.
“You might have won a trophy, you have might have won five out of six games, but this game has a knack of hurting you.
“That has shown some of our deficiencies that when you're not fully at it, you'll get beaten.
“Tonight Dundalk were quicker to second balls, better in a lot of departments and it is there for everyone to see. Three-nil, there is no argument.”
The Rovers boss continued by saying he wants his players to react from the manner in which they were beaten.
“I think we'll learn from it. To be beaten so soundly hurts me as a manager and hopefully it hurts the players. I hope it's starting to sink in.
“It could have been (more) if it wasn't for Gary Rogers. We were well-beaten on the night and that's all I can really say. I thought we were second best in all departments and rightly got beaten.
“You talk about fine margins and winning individuals battles within a team game is essential. We didn't win enough of those battles unfortunately.”