Perthshire Advertiser

Saints aimfor reversein fortunes

- MATTHEW GALLAGHER

Callum Davidson has pointed to three “huge games” as St Johnstone look to get back on the winning wagon.

The Perth boss watched his players fall to a third straight league defeat on Wednesday when Rangers left with three points.

A busy festive schedule continues with Saints travelling to Aberdeen on Boxing Day before quick-fire fixtures with Hamilton and then Ross County.

“They are all coming thick and fast at the moment so the boys need to dust themselves down after Wednesday,” said Saints boss Davidson.

“One thing I was pleased about was that they didn’t stop fighting.

“You need to move on really quickly and concentrat­e on three huge games. We’ll make sure the players are all fully focused.”

Saints could have no complaints about their 3-0 defeat against the Gers through the week.

But Davidson was certainly well within his rights to be disappoint­ed in winger Michael O’Halloran, who was sent off minutes after entering the action as a substitute.

“I’m disappoint­ed,” Davidson said. “Michael is an experience­d player and he’s already been booked.

“He has got to earn my trust to play again. Ultimately it’s not this game that costs us.

“It will cost us not having him available for another game that will be important.”

On the game generally, Davidson added: “First 20 minutes I was pretty pleased. But from a throw-in midway in their half, we managed to get everything wrong.

“Five minutes later you are 2-0 down, again from a similar situation that we can deal with better as a unit.

“After that it’s an uphill struggle. What I will say about the players is that they kept going, especially Chris Kane up front.

“When you play Rangers you need 10 or 11 to perform at a high level. For me we had too many below par.”

Davidson confirmed fullback Danny McNamara has been recalled from his impressive loan spell by Millwall.

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