St Mirren boss Danny Lennon expects better performances

Danny Lennon
Lennon expressed disappointment in his St Mirren side's display

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon insists his players will bounce back after the 2-1 home defeat by Inverness.

The loss was the Paisley club's second in a row after a 5-0 defeat away to Celtic and Lennon believes his team were below par.

"It's always a concern when you lose games," said Lennon. "You always try to analyse and improve for the next one.

"We'll work hard to make sure we put it right next Saturday."

A defensive blunder by Saints early in the first half enabled Andrew Shinnie to score the opener for Inverness, which was cancelled out by Steven Thompson's first-half injury time header.

Jonny Hayes sealed the points for the visitors with a superb second-half strike.

Lennon was critical of his side's work-rate and felt they were well below par.

"There wasn't really a performance out there or the brand of football we like to play," said Lennon.

"There were difficult elements and other influences that you can't really control, but what we've got to do better when we don't get our own way and learn how to see a game of football out and pick up points.

"We do that by doing the ugly side of things even better."

The win edged Terry Butcher's side up to ninth in the league table, while St Mirren slipped down to seventh and Lennon said his players made it too easy for the visitors by giving away an early opener.

"I take responsibility for the way we're trying to play football, but we gave Inverness a helping hand in the opening goal and we were punished for it," said Lennon.

"It's something that my staff and my group of players will reflect on how we take it forward. When things aren't going our way, we've got to make sure we stick together like glue.

"But for the brand of football we've played and given our home support, it's not what they expect at times. We've got to take these things into consideration.

"I still have my strong beliefs in the way that we play, but we must give ourselves the opportunity to see games out. We can't gift teams a goal of a start.

"It brings a challenge along for us with it being back-to-back defeats.

"It's something we've not suffered this season, so we'll work relentlessly come Monday to put it right."

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