St Johnstone boss admits defensive worries after seven defeats on the spin

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has admitted his side’s recent defensive performances have him worried and insisted that he expects better from his players after losing 2-1 to Ross County at McDiarmid Park last night.

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The Saints have now lost seven games in a row and are two points adrift of Dundee at the foot of the Premiership heading into the winter break.

While Davidson was happy enough with his side’s reaction after going a goal down as Jacob Butterfield quickly cancelled out Regan Charles-Cook’s early opener, he was far from impressed with how they defended once the Saints had drawn level with Ross Callachan scoring the winner, saying:

“After going a goal down I thought we reacted really well to it. Second half we tried to come out and be the team that was pushing.

“I keep talking about us not scoring goals but defensively we were really poor. We didn’t do enough first contact again and one-v-one battles, and allowed Ross County too many chances.

I asked them to show character and have a go and I thought they did in parts but there were other parts that weren’t good enough.

“Last year we were very good defensively and for me now we are not good enough in that department and it’s a concern for me.

“It’s something we need to sort, and I take responsibility for it. We have obviously had some issues but I expect better than that – I expect boys to fight and do better in certain situations.”

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