Not An Easy Game
St Johnstone will be taking on a dangerous opponent on Wednesday
St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is not taking the prospect of taking on Dundee lightly. Any club at the bottom of the league are a dangerous proposition and he has warned his players that Dundee will be "fighting for their lives" when they visit McDiarmid Park tomorrow. The Dees, late entrants to the SPL, have struggled to hit their stride this season and sit nine points behind second-bottom Ross County and without an SPL win in six games. Lomas, though, is not reading anything into Dundee's struggles. He said: "We are not stupid enough not to realise that if we don't put in a performance then we won't win. It is a local derby, Dundee will bring a good support with them and they will be fighting for their lives so we have got to be careful about complacency. We will have to be at our best. One thing you can't guarantee in the SPL is three points, the league has shown that. Dundee were in a difficult position in the summer, not knowing if they were coming up to the SPL or not which was a nightmare for their manager. He has also been hampered by injuries which has affected team selection. But they still have good players like Colin Nish and Nicky Riley. However, we have to look after ourselves and make sure that complacency doesn't come in. We are at the end of a tough period of games over a short space of time and it will be down to who wants it most." The former Manchester City and West Ham midfielder, wants to start the New Year with a win for the fans ahead of the winter break. He said: "Our priority is to get the win at home before the break then the players can rest their legs for a week or so. As I have often said, I have been happy with our performances this season. The most glaring thing, though, over the last six to eight games is that we haven't been converting our chances. If we had nine or 10 points more on the board then I don't think anyone could grumble."
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