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Lomas warns against complacency

25 Oct 2012 16:23:00

Lomas warns against complacency

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas hopes confidence does not give way to complacency against Inverness on Saturday. The Perth men are in second place in the SPL behind Celtic following their 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock last week which equalled a club record of five straight top-flight wins dating back to 1971. Lomas, who described reports linking him to the vacant managerial post at Burnley as speculation, says his players must continue to show the same determination and work-rate of recent weeks when they face Terry Butcher's side. "I always liked a bit of a fear factor when I played," he said. "It is great when you are confident and assured, as long as that doesn't turn into complacency. "Once you think you are just going to turn up and win, you end up getting found out and we have to guard against that. "It is about not getting too high when you win and too low when you lose. "It is my job to analyse everything. I am a big believer in performances individually and collectively and if you have enough of that it normally takes care of results over the course of the season. "You need a little bit of luck along the way, there is no two ways about it and we would love to (break the record) but Terry Butcher and his boys have been fantastic. "They have had a high turnover of players like us and he has used his contacts to good effect. "I watched them win at Dundee and they have players who can hurt you so it has the makings of a good game. "But we know that if we are not on our game we will get found out up there. "So the lads have got to do what they have been doing and hopefully it is enough." After the win over Killie last week Saints defender Frazer Wright claimed Lomas, with one eye on his injury list, was worried about his side's robust scoring celebrations which sees his players pile on top of the scorer. However, the Northern Irishman said: "I would love to see it again on Saturday. It is good that they celebrate together, I like that. "Obviously when they were piling on when we had only 13 fit players, that was the concern. "But I always love to watch teams celebrating together, it is a decent indicator of their togetherness. "It is not just about the scorer, it is a team effort, you win or lose together as a team."


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