Filippo Giovagnoli admitted his side need to work on breaking down teams who sat back against Dundalk over the coming weeks.

Even before the Italian’s arrival at Oriel Park at the end of August, the Lilywhites often lacked the creativity to break down teams in the league.

That was evident again in recent matches against Waterford, St Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers.

When it was put to him after the 2-0 defeat to the Bit O Red on Monday, Giovagnoli said: “That’s true. We struggle with a team who sit behind and defend as a block.

“That’s the reality. We will need to find a way to work on this situation better and find a way to break this block but I think the teams here in Ireland know Dundalk really well and study Dundalk really well and when you study you can find a way to neutralise any team in the world. Any team in the world can be neutralised so we will need tactically to find more situations to get over this problem that we have.

“This is a good observation actually.”