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The Lilywhites defender is disappointed with his side's 2-1 defeat to Limerick, leaving them six points behind league leaders St Patrick's Athletic with just four games to go

Dundalk defender Mark Rossiter has admitted that he is disappointed with how his side were defeated by Limerick on Friday evening.

The Shannonsiders left Oriel Park with a 2-1 victory, which sees the Lilywhites slip down to third in the Airtricity Premier Division table, six points adrift of leaders St Patrick's Athletic. Rory Gaffney twice broke the offside trap to give Limerick a 2-0 lead at half-time, leaving Rossiter frustrated. “Every game against Limerick this year has been disappointing, apart from the cup match," Rossiter told the club's official website. "I thought we were the better team in the first half, but we go in two goals down.

"They are dangerous on the counter attack and in fairness they got some good seasoned players in the middle with Bradley and Gamble. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we probably didn’t do enough to win it."

Rossiter thought that Gaffney's second goal was offside, but the referee allowed play to continue, allowing the midfielder in to score again. "To be honest with the second goal I don’t know," Rossiter admitted. "The lino said I played him on, but I felt he was offside, but at this stage it doesn’t really matter, if he doesn’t put up his flag up there is nothing you can do. If he is right I will put my hand up and say it’s my fault."

With just four games left in the season, the Lilywhites know that they must defeat Derry City on Monday to stay in contention. "There is six points in it. If any team in this league isn’t at it, they could lose on any given night. St Pats still have tough games. It’s the best thing ever the quick turnaround. We will want to put things right there and put in a good performance."

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