Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright has told his side to cut out the errors that have dragged the Rugby Park side into a battle for Premiership survival.

Killie lost 3-2 to fellow relegation rivals Ross County on Saturday. A Kyle Lafferty double wasn’t enough as slack defending allowed Billy McKay to notch a brace alongside a first senior goal for Staggies defender Leo Hjelde.

Kilmarnock v Ross County - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Ross County beat Kilmarnock on Saturday. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It leaves Wright’s side rooted to the bottom of the Premiership, three points off Hamilton Accies in 11th and four points off safety. Kilmarnock are yet to win under Wright, losing four matches and drawing once.

This was the worst performance of his reign so far by Wright’s own admission and he says things must pick up urgently: “We have got to look at ourselves long and hard because it clearly isn’t good enough. We shouldn’t let them back in before half-time but we do.

“Our defending for the second and third goals was littered with individual errors, people not being positive enough on a difficult pitch to go and meet things. We only have ourselves to blame for being 3-1 down.

Rangers v Kilmarnock - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Unhappy with the goals. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We’ve lost a game we were in control of and should have won. I’ve defended us in the previous games that we’ve had, but to lose a game where we are in control in the manner that we did is difficult for me to defend. It’s about getting as many points in the table as possible and it’s about winning games.

“We’re in this position because we’ve not been good enough over 32 games and Saturday the goals epitomised and identified why we’ve had the problems we’ve had.

“In my previous games we’ve played reasonably well and the performances were good, but that was way short of the performance that’s needed to win a game.”

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