Tommy Wright wants better defensive display from St Johnstone

St Johnstone Manager Tommy Wright is left frustrated by his side
St Johnstone Manager Tommy Wright is left frustrated by his side

Tommy Wright watched his St Johnstone side beaten by a freak own goal against Kilmarnock - and insists his side will have to defend better if they are to beat Rangers at Ibrox on Tuesday night.

Killie striker Josh Magennis’s header in the 40th minute cancelled out midfielder David Wotherspoon’s 16th minute opener for the McDiarmid Park side.

But all the Ladbrokes Premiership points remained in Ayrshire for the first time this season when Rory McKenzie’s cross from wide on the right in the 58th minute appeared to strike Saints left-back Brian Easton before looping over goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

After the 2-1 win, the Perth side turned their attention to their Scottish League Cup tie against Championship leaders Rangers - who have started the season with 11 successive wins.

And after conceding 15 goals in eight league matches, Wright said: “The goal is obviously disappointing because it is a bit freakish.

“But from our point of view we have three, four, five opportunities to clear the ball in the build-up and we didn’t do it - and we ended up getting punished for it.

“I haven’t been happy for a while with the number of goals we have been conceding. It is not that teams are tearing us apart and it is backs to the wall for us - it is not dealing with certain situations in the game and that is down to individuals.

“The ball into the box to one striker - we have to deal with that. People have to take responsibility. We haven’t been ruthless enough in our defending as a team.

“We haven’t been good enough and that’s why we have conceded so many goals. It has to stop and it has to get better.”