The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Derek Adams

In my view


There is no doubt St Johnstone were far better than us and deserved to win the match.

They have a vastly experience­d side and they passed the ball well, created lots of chances and bullied us.

We didn't play well defensivel­y and failed to cause them problems when we had the chance to attack.

We didn't create enough opportunit­ies and our first shot at goal didn't come until 30 minutes into the match. You are not going to take anything out of games if you don't create.

Last season we had one of the best defensive records in the league and were rock solid.

This is the first time as a manager that I have lost three games in a row and it is hard for me to take.

I know it is only 18 defeats in 78 league games but that doesn't mean anything.

We made some personnel changes for the match but the players who came in didn't perform well enough.

We changed personnel today and other players have come in. They haven't performed well enough. We have to get back to doing the basics right as we didn't do that in this match.

We have given the new players a chance and the older players who were here last season need to pull up their socks and get going as well.

The start we have made to the season is a concern, especially as we have lost so many goals.

We didn't lose many goals last season and if you don't have things right defensivel­y then you aren't going to do well.

This defeat feels as bad as last weekend's defeat to Partick Thistle.

It wasn't any better, it wasn't any worse. We didn't get going from the start, whereas they got a lift from scoring early and then scored a very good free kick.

It was a long way back after that.

We weren't able to get that next goal, which was a huge pity, but St Johnstone were stronger than us. They have a very experience­d back four with Dave Mackay, Frazer Wright, Steven Anderson and Tam Scobbie – they aren't the prettiest guys but they do the ugly side of the game very well. They bully people and that is the beauty of having an experience­d team.

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