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Sunday Session For Saints

Tue, 22nd Mar 2005 12:00am

St. Johnstone's players spent part of Sunday in the company of team boss John Connolly and coach Jim Weir following the Perth side's most recent performance against Ross County.

Whether this interruption to normal plans went down well with his players was the last thing on the Saints manager's mind. "I'm not bothered whether they were receptive to it. We've got to get points on board and if it takes them coming in every Sunday from now until the end of the season, we'll do it."

"We've lost a lot of goals this season straight after half-time," continued the McDiarmid manager, "and it happened again on Saturday. You wonder if it's worthwhile having a team talk because some of the things we're saying to these guys are not sinking in."

Saints' central defender Ian Maxwell (pictured right) accepted that the Saints boss had a right to be unhappy. "Our performance wasn't good enough by any stretch of the imagination. You have to accept coming in on a Sunday when you haven't played well as a team and the manager got us in to improve a few things for the Clyde game, and hopefully it has helped us."

"We're not getting things right at either end. We hardly had a shot on target against Ross County and lost two bad goals. Going back to our good form of December, the forwards knew then that one goal would be enough to win a game.

"Now they're thinking the chances are that we could lose goals, while defenders are wondering where a goal is coming from.

"We've got two games against Clyde and matches against Falkirk and Partick Thistle. Games we were expected to win - like Hamilton and Ross County ant home - we haven't. so maybe these are the types of fixtures we need to get us going again

"Hopefully Clyde used up all their goals by scoring four against Airdrie and we'll get the win we need.