Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan described his side as a 'wounded animal' after their Europa League exit and believes they have a difficult game against UCD in the league this weekend.
“We’re in for a very tough game on Sunday,” he said. “We are a wounded animal now."
The Gypsies slumped to a 5-1 defeat in the Europa League against Thor Akureyri - their heaviest defeat of the season - despite taking the lead through a Dave Scully goal, but Callaghan hopes that his team will bounce back.
"We can hope that the lads take stock of what happened on Thursday night [against Thor AK] and put a bit of anger into the performance. They have a point to prove to themselves.
“I’m disappointed for the players more than anything else,” said Callaghan. "To pick them up, you put an arm around the shoulder, you reflect on the mistakes, and you say to them that at any level in football, not just in Europe, you cannot be giving goals away."
He added: “We had a fantastic start to the game, and scored the goal I knew we would score when we got there. Then it was a calamity of errors."
The Bohs boss said that individual and collective errors were ultimately to blame for the heavy defeat, noting that his team failed to deal with set-pieces.
“You can set up tactically and make all the plans you like, but then lads make errors, as they did," he said. "But we also made the cardinal sin of not dealing properly with set pieces."
He continued: “At 3-1 down, we’re thinking, what can we do? Do we defend and keep the scoreline respectable, or do we go and try and do something about it?
“We changed things around, put the centre halves up front, tried to nick a goal. We had two chances to make the score 3-2 and change the momentum of the game.
“It was a mad game. If you look at that result, it looks as if we surrendered the game. But we were chasing the second goal and that made us very vulnerable at the back,” concluded the manager.
Bohemians host UCD at Dalymount Park in the league this Sunday July 15. Kick off 15.00 BST.