Lennon confident of revival
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon insists his side can recover from their dip in form and make this season one to remember for the right reasons.
The Paisley side have lost their last five matches in the SPL and have slipped to second bottom in the table as a result.
Lennon's men travel to take on Hearts at a sold-out Tynecastle on Saturday, hoping to record three points over John McGlynn's side for the second time this season. "It's been a very fruitful week and we are relishing the challenge, there's no doubt there will be a fantastic atmosphere," said Lennon. "This season our poor form has coincided with injuries and suspensions to important players, but I believe we have the squad and the personnel to come through our dip in form.
"We are only four points behind where we were at this time last season and with hard work and commitment we can move ourselves up the league - ensuring a season to remember for the right reasons." Despite a disappointing slump in form, Lennon believes every team in the SPL will suffer a similar downturn in results. Hearts will hosts St Mirren having only recorded one victory from their last six league fixtures.
"Last season after beating Rangers on Christmas Eve we went 11 games in the league without a win," Lennon added. "Every team will suffer a blip at one stage of the season, Motherwell have lost five of their last six matches and that's with the same players that helped them to the Champions League last season. "We know what needs to be fixed and how to fix it, all we ask is that the fans get behind the team and we can get through this blip together."
The Hearts fans have rallied to ensure a packed stadium for their first home fixture since the crisis-hit club were served with a winding-up order from HMRC for a tax bill of over £400,000. This week the Edinburgh club were handed a lifeline when they were granted permission to pay the bill back in two instalments, however their future remains uncertain. Lennon said: "They are going through a worrying time for the fans, where the finances are undermining the very future of the club.
"I have a lot of sympathy for the fans and the staff at the club, but it does show that clubs must get their houses in order. "I believe that if they are to get through this financial trouble, then the transitional period that they have been going through where they have had to bring in a number of young players will see them right in the long term."
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