Aaron McGowan says it’s up to the Kilmarnock players to turn their form around as a tough run of matches continues.

The right-back was part of a Killie side that slipped to a fifth straight Premiership defeat at the hands of Livingston, leaving them in eighth and three points away from the relegation play-off spot.

Kilmarnock v Aberdeen - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

The Killie man knows things have to get better. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The former Hamilton Accies player has had a bumpy start to life in Ayrshire and the recent run of poor results hasn’t helped squad morale, but McGowan is aware that the only people that can turn things around are the players.

Speaking after the match the Liverpool-born defender said: “It’s just really not going for us at the minute. The conditions were not great for playing but it’s the same for both teams at the end of the day so there are no excuses for that. We’ve got to have a little look in the mirror and with all honesty I’ll assess my own performance and how I’m doing because it’s not good enough.

“We should really be seeing the game out but at the end of the day we know what we need to build on and we know what we need to do because it’s only going to be ourselves that drag us out of it. I’m under no illusions that it’s going to be a difficult job, but we also have good lads in that dressing room that will stick together and that’s the most important thing.”

Kilmarnock v St. Johnstone - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Backing the Kilmarnock boss. (Alan Harvey / SNS Group / Getty Images)

A poor run of form has dropped Kilmarnock steadily down the table. However, McGowan insists that the squad are behind their manager, and that the blame should sit with them.

He said: “You can’t just have a go at the manager. Yes, he picks the team of but at the end of the day there are 11 players on the pitch, so that tells me that there is more than just the manager.

“We are behind him fully. It is the easy way out to have a go at the manager because he’s not there passing the ball and putting the ball in the back of the net or defending as players, we need to step up a little bit more than we are doing.”

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