Ross: We Have To Believe In Ourselves

The players “have to continue trusting in what they do” said Jack Ross as his side look to bounce back from Wednesday’s cinch Premiership defeat to Ross County.

That was the fifth successive league defeat for his side who have now dropped out of the top six.

Our manager has acknowledged that results need to change quickly and has urged his players to keep faith in what they’re doing to make that happen.

“The mood around the group is good and they have to continue trusting in what they do.

“You need more than fortune to win games, you need to be ruthless in both boxes; when we’re presented with opportunities and to get a clean sheet, if you get a clean sheet at least you’ll take something from the game.

“We aren’t going to shy away from the fact that the results haven’t been good enough, but the performances we’ve been mainly pleased with. It’s about repeating that and believing you can win games.”

Ross will be without two key men, however, this weekend after Christian Doidge and Martin Boyle both saw red this week.

“It makes it harder in terms of the options you have, but we have more than enough in our squad to go and win the game and the ones that follow.

“There’s a responsibility and opportunity that will fall upon others, some of been waiting patiently for them so we’ll see how eager they are to grab it as there will be that chance for players tomorrow.”

Despite those two being unavailable, our manager has a boost as two senior players could return!

“Jamie Murphy could possibly be involved as he was involved in training today. It’ll be a late call as we’re a little bit surprised how quickly he’s back available, but if he is it’s a boost for us.

“Sean Mackie, Melker Hallberg, Dan Mackay all need match practice before they can be considered. Kyle Magennis is out, and Ryan Porteous is back from suspension.”

When we faced St Johnstone earlier this season, we beat them 1-0 in what was an incredibly close encounter. Ross is expecting something similar again this time around.

“We’ve played them frequently over the past season and a half now, so familiar opponents in that respect. Callum’s system has remained settled, so there will be no surprises in that regard.

“The games have always been tight and there’s been very little between them. We showed we were able to come out the right side of that result earlier this season and we will look for a repeat of that.”