Jack Ross has admitted he’s searching for answers to his Dundee United’s side’s loss of form after seeing them slump to another defeat.
St Mirren won 3-0 at Tannadice thanks to a double from Curtis Main and a goal from Alex Greive, stretching United’s losing run to four games, during which they’ve conceded 15 goals.
Ross, who took over at United in the summer, said he took responsibility for the situation but suggested his side were short on belief and look low on energy.
“I’ve not found a solution and that’s a failing on me as a manager,” he said. “I need to find them.
“I’m producing a team that has lethargy and lack of energy and lack of purpose with or without the ball. It hasn’t been strong enough but the responsibility falls on my shoulders. Right now I’m not getting enough.
“I don’t think all footballers go on brimming with confidence – we have stresses, doubts and anxieties but when they come on the pitch they come to life.
“But there was lethargy and a lack of energy and I have to try and fix it.”
St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson was delighted with his side’s performance but was determined to keep a sense of perspective after a second successive Premiership win.
He said: “There are only four games gone. I said we will look at it after 10 games.
“We didn’t get too down when we lost the first two games.
“We’ll lose games and we have to not get too down. We won’t win every game but we have a game plan.
“As long as nobody plays as an individual, we need a 20-man squad to be successful.
“In three games we’ve allowed three shots on target. We’re a team that goes out not to be beat.
“We have forward players like we have and boys off the bench being solid is a number one priority.”