St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson was left “bitterly disappointed” by his side’s application in the 1-0 defeat by Dundee last night and thinks they made it hard for themselves against James McPake’s side.

Danny Mullen scored the only goal of the game as St Johnstone slipped to tenth in the Premiership table, leaving the Saints winless in their last four games going into the hectic festive schedule.

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St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

St Johnstone were second-best for much of the Tayside Derby clash at Dens Park and the lack of hard work from his players is what left Davidson most disappointed at the end.

“I’m bitterly disappointed,” Davidson admitted after the final whistle.


“What we pride ourselves on is hard work, our defensive shape and our attitude to win the ball.

“That was lacking I thought. They were better all over the pitch.

“When you do that you make it really hard for yourselves to win a game of football. That cost us.

“That’s probably the most disappointing thing.

“I said that after. In any game it’s important how you battle and fight.

“It’s never easy to win a game. We had a good travelling support on a cold Wednesday night and didn’t do it justice.”

St Johnstone host Ross County this weekend in the Premiership and Davidson will be hoping for a much-improved performance from his players.

After sliding to tenth in the league, the Saints need to start turning things around quickly if they want to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle with Staggies.

However, with only seven points separating the teams from sixth to twelfth in the table, there’s a great opportunity for any team who puts a run of form together to pull themselves out of danger and challenge for a place in the top six.

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