Ollie Horgan said he could have no complaints about the result on Friday night, accepting that the gulf in class, on and off the pitch, between Dundalk and Harps is all too evident.
The Harps boss, however, must now prepare for Monday night’s visit of Shamrock Rovers to Finn Park without Ciaran Coll who was stretchered off in the dying moments at Oriel Park.
“The biggest negative was Ciaran Coll being stretchered off,” Horgan said after the game.
“He’s being taken to hospital as we speak.
“It’s another player who, in the space of seven days, looks like he’ll be out long-term. He suffered an injury to his knee without anyone around him, which isn’t a good sign.”
Coll’s injury follows those picked up by new signings Barry Molloy and Sean Houston in the opening game against Derry City. Horgan said it’s another blow that his club now has to deal with as they prepare for a busy period of games.
“It’s a difficult task,” he said.” I tried to explain that, I don’t think people wanted to listen to me. It’s now become even more difficult. It’s a savage league.
“These lads go to work tomorrow, the majority of them.
“They’re off Sunday, they go to work on Monday. We all have our work on Monday and then we play Shamrock Rovers on Monday night, minus three of our so-called better players.
“It looks like we are going to be short them long-term, so a difficult task has become even more difficult. But we knew what it was about. I just hope that people realise they need to be patient and support us through thick and thin here because it most certainly will be that.”
Horgan gave a first start to Ethan Boyle in defence while in the absence of Ciaran Gallagher, Richard Brush started for the first time in goal.
“Ciaran started a new job on Monday and couldn’t get off work,” the manager explained.
“But we’ve great cover with regards Richard Brush. He did very well tonight. We’ve no problem in that area of the field, it’s in other areas of the field that we don’t have as much cover.
“But it just puts things into perspective that we couldn’t get a player off to play. He had to work to earn his corn. These lads will go back up the road tonight, I don’t know what time they’ll get home at, and the majority of them will go into work tomorrow. That’s the nature of it. All the odds are stacked against you, but we’ll fight and we’ll see where it gets us.”