Greg Docherty spoke to web Reporter Mark Gillespie after Friday’s defeat and was very frank about our shortcomings on the night.
“It’s a massive disappointment. We really let ourselves down tonight. After going ahead, for some reason we sat back instead of building momentum. It’s something we talk about, so even more frustrating when it’s happened, and we’ve not done that. It’s not like us.”
“It’s four games on the trot we’ve lost which is not good enough. It’s relegation form, and we’re better than that, and to perform like that and the way we have over the past few weeks is not good enough.”
Can you put your finger on what happened after the first 20 minutes and getting off to the perfect start?
“We had a 15-minute spell where we seemed to be all over the place. There was a lack of communication from everywhere. Rangers hit us on the break with some quick counters,and when we lost the ball the way we did we knew there was chance they could catch us out. It’s not good enough, we’ve got to be switched on at all times. we’ve really shot ourselves in the foot with our defending and it’s so disheartening going into this international break after a performance like that.”
Can you take any positives from the game?
“Every game is a learning experience. Rangers are obviously a top side and that’s how you get results. We need to look at that and how they’ve reacted to going a goal down. They were ruthless tonight in that 15-minute spell. We’ve got to be that team who are ruthless and kill teams off. We were chasing our tails but we thought we had a chance when Rangers went down to 10. Then we gave away a poor penalty, which sums up the night really.”
That’s four defeats on the trot. Is it something the squad are trying not to dwell on?
“You could look at it as us losing to four top four sides, certainly top six. But in three of those games we should have taken something to get ourselves in a better position. We’re back in the dog fight now, and it’s a really poor month we need to try and put behind us.”
Next game v Motherwell is an ideal opportunity to start to make amends?
“Yes, it’s a derby game and we just need people to get behind us. Motherwell will bring a big support and it will be a feisty atmosphere. It’ll be a good battle but we have to face it head on, and pick ourselves up.”
You are off on international duties. Will some time away from domestic game be a benefit to you?
“I’d rather the Motherwell game was tomorrow to be honest. To go away on such a sour note is not nice. I’m looking forward to being back involved with the squad of course over the two matches. This result tonight will be at the back of my mind though, and I’ll be in constant touch with the boys here to see how training’s going. It’s just one of these things and we have to go again in two weeks.”