Defensive errors costly for Saints
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.