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Liam Gordon: St Johnstone’s first half display against Kilmarnock “nowhere near good enough”

St Johnstone should not produce one other first half efficiency just like the one supplied on Saturday in opposition to Kilmarnock, skipper Liam Gordon has warned.

The Perth facet failed to fireside from the traps and had been fortunate to be trailing by only a single purpose after a really disappointing opening 45 minutes at Rugby Park.

Wing-back Drey Wright did stage within the second half with an exquisite low drive from distance which, in the long run, clinched a helpful level.

“The primary half was nowhere close to ok,” Gordon admitted. “We knew that as gamers.

“It was removed from ok. Removed from the requirements we set at this soccer membership.

“We pleasure ourselves on laborious work. That self-pride to go on the market, not let anybody outwork you and be a disciplined, organised group. I felt we had been so removed from being that facet within the first half.

“It was as poor as I’ve seen. We have to be taught from it, see what we will do higher and put in a 90 minute efficiency.

“Second half the boys got here out and confirmed the character we’ve obtained and the need to get one thing from the sport. However the first half, that may’t occur once more.

“Now we have come away from a tricky venue with a degree after producing half a efficiency so it isn’t all doom and gloom.

“Hopefully the followers went residence a bit happier than they’d’ve been on the finish of the primary half.”

Wright has been a constant performer for Saints this season and can possible be within the operating for participant of the season recognition. That was his sixth purpose of the marketing campaign.

Gordon advised the PA: “Drey has been sensible for us this season. He can play wing-back, right-back, right-wing.

“He’s in all probability a pleasure for the supervisor and he’s a pleasure to play with as properly.

“His goal-scoring has been high drawer however he is not only scoring targets. He’s doing the defensive facet of the sport properly too. I’m hoping he can preserve his run of type up.”

Saints stay eighth within the desk, eight factors away from second-from-bottom Ross County and 10 factors forward of basement boys Dundee United.

Wanting the opposite approach, the Perth membership is presently six factors off breaking into the highest six.

There isn’t any league recreation subsequent week on account of worldwide fixtures and preparations will now start for the go to of Aberdeen on Saturday, April 1.

“It may very well be an enormous level,” Gordon added. “As I touched on, Rugby Park is a tricky place to come back.

“We go into each recreation feeling we will take most factors and that, on our day, we’re a match for anybody within the league.

“We’ll stay up for the subsequent recreation now however hopefully put a 90 minute efficiency in and put some extra factors on the board.”

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