MANAGER Graeme Murty gave the following reaction to today’s 1-0 loss at home to Kilmarnock.
He said: “I didn’t think we deserved to lose but I didn’t think we deserved to win. I didn’t think we did enough – I didn’t think we were good enough over the peace.
“We looked too slow at times and we lost too many first and second balls and were second to too many breakdowns.
“As always, if you don’t take your chance when you have one, and they do, it makes it very, very difficult for you, especially against a team who are going to be as organised and as compact as that.
“We need to play quicker, sharper and move the ball brighter than we did, and we found it difficult today. But, no apologies – we weren’t good enough to get the points.
“There were chances, and chances change the mood. But we need to actually hold onto a core of belief that we were going to get something from the game, and I thought that was possibly lacking.
“There were opportunities in there for us to go and get something – but not enough. There were never going to be against that team – they were very well-organised, very compact and they make it difficult.
“So that is why we have to move the ball faster, be braver on it and have to penetrate better with more quality. I thought we actually started okay but we just didn’t manage to push the tempo as I would have liked.
“The tempo was too disrupted and fragmented.”
On the response he got out of his side following last week’s Old Firm defeat, he continued: “I got work-rate and I got attitude – I just didn’t get enough of it. I thought everything about today was a little bit flat from us to the stadium – but that’s not a criticism.
“We have to do something – we have to get the crowd off their seat and engage them by being good, and I just thought we were too flat to give them anything today and we need to be better at what we are good at and be sharper with the ball.
“As I said, I didn’t think we were – not enough times. We were occasionally, but not enough and not what I would like us to be.”
On the substitution of Sean Goss for Jason Holt at half-time, Murty said: “It was tactical. I just wanted more energy on the pitch – I wanted more intensity. But it was no reflection on Sean – I just wanted to change things up and have some different personnel in there to add some bite into the middle and add some tempo into it.
“But, over the peace, I don’t think we pushed the tempo or were on the front-foot for long enough. I thought too many times we came out second-best in one-v-one contests which hasn’t been like us, and we don’t want it to be like us for the rest of the season.”
And on how the international break looks for his side, he said: “It would have looked a lot better, but now we just need to make sure get the guys recovered and learn the lessons which need learned today.
“Some of the guys that haven’t had a lot of minutes need to get that this week. We will try to organise a game, but we need to make sure we look at our mentality and make sure our mentality is good from the break as it would be really, really easy now to cast away everything we have done and forget about the strides we have made.
“We can’t keep on talking about them though – we need to accelerate into the latter part of the season. Today was a good opportunity to do that, but we failed to do that and that burns.”