McInnes laments St Johnstone defensive lapses

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes
McInnes saw his side fall apart defensively in the first half

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes was left to rue a defensive horror show after the 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell.

"We expected so much from ourselves and we delivered so little," said McInnes. "It was a terrible afternoon for us.

"Today of all days to be so poor defensively as we were in the first 45 minutes, very rarely do you get away with defending in the manner we did.

"We huffed and puffed and we couldn't even give the punters a goal."

A terrific solo goal from Jamie Murphy and a 30-yard strike from John Sutton secured Motherwell's victory before half-time after Stephen Craigan had been gifted a fifth-minute opener when goalkeeper Peter Enckelman missed Tom Hateley's corner.

St Johnstone's goal-scoring problems had been highlighted before the Hampden clash.

However, the Perth side have been largely sound in defence all season, which made the early collapse such a surprise.

"Motherwell will feel their forward players were inspirational at times," added McInnes.

"The third goal was an instinctive strike but we failed to deal with the first header.

"The second goal was a catalogue of errors and to lose a goal from a set-piece is very unlike us. All that combined made it a difficult afternoon."

Midfielder Murray Davidson twice went close for St Johnstone in the second half, crashing a header against the crossbar and drawing a great fingertip save from Darren Randolph with a powerful strike.

But once again the Saints forwards were blunt in attack.

"I know exactly where my problems lie and hopefully I can get that addressed for next season," continued a deflated McInnes.

"You are always learning about your players and mentalities when it comes to the business end. Can you make that stride to be successful?

"Some of them were exactly how we expected. Some of them didn't do as well as they can.

"I know the ones who I can hang my hat on and trust if I get back to his stage again as a manager and St Johnstone get back to this stage."

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