St Johnstone boss McInnes keen to end goal drought

Derek McInnes
McInnes's players have gone five matches without scoring

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes believes fans will stick with the club as long as they see determination to end their goal-drought.

Saints were beaten 3-0 by Inverness in the Scottish Premier League and have now gone five matches without scoring.

"It would give the team so much confidence and belief and we could kick on and win it," said McInnes.

"We have to keep working hard and the fans will stick with us if they see that willingness."

Chris Innes's header was joined by Aaron Doran's curling shot and Richie Foran's low drive to give Terry Butcher's side a well-deserved win at McDiarmid Park.

However, Saints were not shy of chances, with Alan Maybury striking the post and Andy Jackson's shot being parried away by Inverness keeper Ryan Esson.

McInnes felt his team started out the better side but acknowledged that Inverness deserved their win and remains determined to end Saints' barren patch.

"We were vey positive and when you're on the run that we're on, you're hoping the ball just goes over the line," said McInnes.

"We had plenty of attempts and there was some good defending from Inverness.

"We hit the post too - we had plenty of attempts and we took the game to them, but we're disappointed in the manner that we lost the goals.

"But we can't make excuses - it was poor defending.

"Until we get that goal and get up and running again, we're liable to have a performance like that.

"But Inverness were worthy winners - we can't complain about that."