Shamrock Rovers midfielder Ronan Finn says that the Hoops have been doing themselves no favours by conceding 'sloppy' goals.
The Tallaght side conceded a late equaliser to bitter rivals St Patrick's Athletic on Sunday and Stephen Kenny's men have conceded 24 league goals this season - just one fewer than bottom-of-the-table UCD.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Finn said that he could not understand the lack of concentration within the side.
"It is happening too much," said the 24-year-old. "It's just another sloppy goal from our point of view."
He continued: "We defended well throughout the whole game but just concentration in the last minute cost us again. It felt like a defeat.
"I can't get my head around it. You work so hard to get a goal up and I think we should, at the level that we're at, see these games out."
He added: "We're not a young side, we're an experienced team and it's happening again and again. We're shooting ourselves in the foot."
Despite only 15 games played, the Dubliner believes that the champions could rue the number of goals conceded at the end of the season.
"We know there's a long way to go in the season but it's happening too often. We could be looking back at these games at the end of the season.
"It's something that we have to rectify but there is a long way to go. This time last year, we went on a run, that's what we're looking at this year as well."
He added: "We're just giving teams presents where last year we weren't and teams don't seem to be giving us presents. It's just sloppy from us. We're an experienced team, it shouldn't be the case.
"Ninety per cent of the players have won a league, we've been here before. For me, it's not good enough," he concluded.