St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas praises hard-working players

Francisco Sandaza
Sandaza fired in St Johnstone's second of three against Dunfermline

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas insists his side can play better despite easing to a 3-0 win over Dunfermline.

The Perth side bounced back from three consecutive home defeats and Lomas recognised Pars keeper Chris Smith's own goal was the pivotal moment.

"We played better than in the last three games," said Lomas.

"Dunfermline did what we did in the last few games with individual mistakes. As a manager you can't legislate for that."

Stand-in Dunfermline keeper Smith punched Liam Craig's corner into his own net after 36 minutes in the match at East End Park to gift St Johnstone the lead.

Francisco Sandaza doubled Smith's misery in the second half when the keeper failed to gather a Marcus Haber shot and the Spaniard fired in, then Craig doubled his tally after Sandaza set him up with 30 minutes of the game remaining.

Lomas says he expects his team to produce better performances as they bid to further close the gap on third-placed Motherwell, which now stands at five points.

"I'm delighted but there's more in the locker from the boys and I told them that," said Lomas.

"We're delighted with 3-0 and a clean sheet but I believe we can play better than that and we'll have to if we want to kick on."