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St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson targets success in five-game run

The Buddies aim to bounce back quickly from defeat at Ibrox.

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson targets success in five-game run SNS Group

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson believes his side have a real opportunity to rack up points in their next five games, starting with back-to-back matches at home.

The Paisley side host Kilmarnock on Saturday before welcoming Dundee United to the SMiSA stadium the following weekend. Away games against Hibs and Ross County follow before a home match against St Johnstone.

Robinson saw his side lose 4-0 at Ibrox last weekend but is now eyeing the fixture list and hoping his side can regain the momentum that had seen them climb to third in the table.

“We believe we’ve got five games coming up now where we can get points,” he told STV News. “We want to make St Mirren a really hard place for people to come to.

“We want to keep doing what we’re doing. We don’t need to change a lot, just be better at certain aspects of what we did last week.

“We don’t fear anybody, we don’t change a lot for anybody. It’s just about where we do make mistakes we look at them and try to rectify them.”

St Mirren have only lost one of their home league games, against Motherwell on opening day, and Robinson believes that is down to more than just a settled style of play.

“I think the home crowd has played a big part in that,” he said. “Crowds are up from last season.

“There’s been a lot of times where they’ve really gotten behind the boys and driven them over the line. Key moments in games and fine lines in the Premiership are so small.

“We need help and we’re one of the smaller clubs but certainly the fan base has grown. If we keep winning games then that can continue.”

The manager admitted to disappointment at the loss to Rangers this weekend but said there were still positive signs that he could look to.

“We have to get back to winning ways again,” he said. “Obviously we lost on Saturday and it’s not often we will lose 4-0 and I’m not disappointed with every aspect of the game.

“On the ball I thought we were really good at times, we created more chances that we have at Ibrox for a long time.”

“At the back we made bad decisions, not bad decisions that are really glaring mistakes, but ones that aren’t positive decisions. We have to get back to stepping forward and making positive decisions and when we break on teams in key moments in the game we need to make them go our way.”

The Ibrox game saw Robinson having to reshape his team to cope with absences but he now has a full squad to pick from, with the exception of injury to Toyosi Olusanya. The Saints boss said he was happy to have selection decisions to make.

“It means your squad is stronger,” he said. “Towards the end of last season we had 13 players at some points and we were worried about putting a team out.

“Obviously this is a much better position. We’ve got a real competition for boys at the back.

“Big decisions and hard decisions for Saturday, but honest decisions that we believe are the right thing, with a really strong bench.”