De­fen­sive er­rors costly for Saints

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - By JAMES MAS­SON

ST JOHN­STONE man­ager Tommy Wright rued his side’s de­fend­ing, which cost his team dearly at home to Rangers.

Af­ter record­ing a 0-0 di­vide away to Celtic and beat­ing Ross County 2-0 at home, Saints re­turned to the sus­pect de­fend­ing which has cost them in games this sea­son as they lost 4-1 to the Ibrox men at McDiarmid Park.

“It was back to how we have been at home. We gifted Rangers the first two goals,” said Tommy.

“I could point the fin­ger at two or three play­ers for the first goal which was a penalty. We were too eas­ily breached in the move that led to the spot-kick.

“And for the sec­ond one we didn’t press the ball well enough and we didn’t track the run­ner. It’s ba­sic de­fend­ing.

“We just can’t gift goals away like we did tonight. It’s been our Achilles heel all sea­son.

“How­ever, we re­sponded well but the third goal ef­fec­tively kills the game.

“I don’t think it was a foul and Mur­ray David­son shouldn’t have been booked as he wins the ball. How­ever, the referee gives a foul and they score from it.

“At 3-0 Rangers the game is dead, at 2-0 we have a chance.

“It was 3-0 at half-time and we tried to win the sec­ond half.

“We should, how­ever, have done bet­ter in the build up to their fourth goal. We just didn’t stop the cross.

“We just can’t give goals away like we did.”

Tommy was bet­ter pleased with Saints’ sec­ond-half show­ing. He added: “We will try to take the pos­i­tives from the match.”

Saints went into the game with­out six in­jured play­ers — Ste­fan Scougall, Richard Foster, Brian Eas­ton, Cal­lum Hendry, David McMil­lan and Keith Wat­son.

Scougall, Foster and Hendry will miss the home game against Hamil­ton on Satur­day and it re­mains to be seen if Eas­ton, McMil­lan and Hendry make it.

Mur­ray David­son may also be miss­ing.

The mid­field man suf­fered a cou­ple of heavy knocks against Rangers and was sub­sti­tuted.

Chris Mil­lar and Steven Ma­cLean could be back for the Hamil­ton game.

They were un­used sub­sti­tutes against Rangers but, hav­ing im­pressed in re­cent starts, they could be in the team to face the New Dou­glas Park side.

St John­stone de­fender Ja­son Kerr and keeper Alan Man­nus can’t stop Al­fredo More­los scor­ing Rangers’ fourth goal.

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