Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has defended his team selection after Dundalk were well beaten by St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park last night.
The champions slumped to a 5-2 defeat after just Gary Rogers and Alan Keane were retained from the side that beat Bohemians to claim the title last Sunday.
Dundalk are in the midst of a gruelling schedule as they continue to battle on three fronts in the SSE Airticity League, the Europa League and the FAI Cup.
"It’s a magnificent week for the club winning the league on Sunday but having to play again within 48 hours is crazy," Kenny told RTÉ Sport.
"Yes, we had to make a lot of changes, but we had no choice. We had to give the players a night off.
"We made nine changes but we didn’t envisage losing.
"Unfortunately we deserved to lose, there’s no getting away from it."
The Lilywhites round off their league season with a home game against Galway on Friday night.
They then face a long haul trip to Russia to face Zenit St Petersburg the following Thursday before heading to the Aviva Stadium to try and complete a consecutive double when they face Cork City in the FAI Cup final on Sunday November 6.