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Wed, 24th Oct 2007 9:10pm

Colin Hendry spoke to www.clydefc.co.uk after training this afternoon and he was under no illusions about the work required to be done to improve the team's form in Perth on Saturday.

The Clyde boss started by giving some more thoughts on the Morton defeat which concluded a difficult week:-

"I think I might have been a bit over-reactive straight after the match but it was not a good performance in terms of the basics. We did a lot

of good things at Stirling and it felt like we had wasted that work.

"When you are not around the players during the week you soon lose a feeling of how things are and if certain things are right or not. However, that's not an excuse for not doing better on the day. The players must also look at themselves as they have a responsibility to themselves to do the best they can do in every match.

"Dougie (Bell) said that there was a lack of passion in our play and I totally agree. The one thing we expect at Clyde is that the players show the correct attitude and give 100%. The team spirit also wasn't as evident as it has been. I would say it was ok when I arrived, following a lot of changes, but it was getting better and it will get better again."

Colin was unsurprised that supporter frustrations came to the surface during the match:-

"That's the nature of the beast and it doesn't bother me. I'm open to criticism as long as it's constructive. I've been on the other side as a player and sometimes a manager can't change everything from the touchline during a game."

Due to his wife's illness, Colin is commuting from England this week but he did manage to lead training yesterday and today and revealed he was pleased with the preparation for Saturday's match against St.Johnstone:-

"We've had a good couple of days training and have worked hard on the things we need to.

"There are no easy games in this league but equally every one is winnable if you perform well on the day. St.Johnstone are a decent side and have hit some form recently so it's a big test for us. I've played at McDiarmid as a player but it's a new place for me as a manager.

"Hopefully everyone will enjoy the day."