Date: 6th October 2015 at 9:41am
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Barry Robson and Ryan Jack have both made a visit to the press department following the shambles of a performance against St Johnstone at the weekend.

With manager Derek McInnes making his thoughts clear following the five one loss and saying the players knew they hadn’t put a proper shift in based on our own standards of play, Robson in his interview with the Official Site echoed the thoughts of the manager.

‘I have been in football a long time and I know these things sometimes come up but you have to deal with it. As a squad of players we know that we were not good enough. We worked on a lot of set pieces but did not defend them well enough. We also did not attack well enough. We know that.’

With the bad clearly on show, Robson admitted there was work to be done and improvements to be made, but he didn’t want anybody to lose sight of what had been a good start to the season for the club.

‘We know there is work to be done but you can’t get away from the fact we have 24 points out of 30. That is not a bad return. We know today’s performance was not good enough and we are very disappointed for ourselves, the fans, our coaching staff but it has still been a decent start to the season and we look forward to moving on.’

Adding that for him ‘first and foremost’ we had to credit the job that St Johnstone did on us as they harassed us well and deserved their victory but in acknowledging that we have to ensure we are clearly better prepared in the future.

‘I think we were complacent at set plays which is something we normal do not do. That is something we are going to be working on a lot over the next week. It was a bad day at the office but what else can do you? – we come back in tomorrow, get together and starting working hard again to make sure it does not happen again.’

He ended his interview by saying that everybody knew the media and some would talk about bubbles bursting with the back to back defeats, but that’s not what the players will be thinking, they will be focused on improvement so we can bounce back to winning ways and start picking up positive results again.

‘We are still top of the league. I am still looking at things from a positive perspective. We are still in a great position with a great squad of players who work hard for each other. We have played some good football this season. People need to remember that. We are looking forward to our next game very much especially after what happened today. We have the international break coming up and you can look at that two different ways. Some might say a break is a good thing but I would rather play tomorrow if I could. We can’t do that but what we can do is go and work in training to get things right for the next game.’

With fluctuating emotions following the loss, he added.

‘We do not get carried away in that dressing room. We know the performance was not good enough but we will make sure it does not happen again.’

As for Jack in his own interview, he was largely singing from the same sheet as you would expect.

‘Saturday was not good enough. Right across the board we were not good enough. Credit to St Johnstone, I think every time they had a chance they scored. Every time we tried to get back into the game we conceded again. It was just one of those days but we were not good enough.’

Jack says in many ways it’s the cliche of getting ‘back to basics’ now for the side, focusing on the simple things and the ugly things that enable quality to come through that gets result.

‘Our main quality this season has been not giving anything away. And then at the top end of the pitch being clinical when we have had chances. That is what we are. A solid defensive unit as a team. We have to get back to training this week and get back to basics. Hopefully we can put things right against Ross County.’

Jack added that with all due respect given the progress we have made as a group under Derek McInnes shows we shouldn’t be losing at home especially by that scoreline to a side like St Johnstone and that shows how bad a day at the office it was, and how clinical they were, but the only way to prove it was a bad day at the office – especially going back to back losses – is by bouncing back at the next time of asking.

‘We have shown this season we can deal with the greater expectation levels. We went into the Celtic game with a lot of pressure and won that. After a result like that you want to go and play as soon as possible to put things right so in some ways the international break has come at a bad time. But we can’t so there is no point in worrying about that. We have extra time in training now to put things right. There is no hiding the fact it was very disappointing. If someone had said at the start of the season we would be going into this international break at the top of the table we would have taken it, but that does not make the result any less disappointing.’


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