St Johnstone luck will turn, says boss Steve Lomas

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas

Manager Steve Lomas believes St Johnstone's luck in front of goal will change as the Perth team continue to seek their first win of the season.

"I'm positive that if we continue playing like this it will turn for us, no doubt," he told BBC Radio Scotland after losing 2-0 at Hibernian.

"If it was a boxing match the towel would have gone in but when you are on top you have to take your chances.

"We've got to start taking the chances we are creating."

The Saints sit 11th in the Scottish Premier League with just one point from their first four matches.

The visitors certainly had the better of the first half at Easter Road but found themselves trailing when Paul Hanlon headed in from a corner in the final minute.

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Interview - St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas

And Eoin Doyle doubled the Hibs lead early in the second half.

"Hibs got a big boost from a free header, which can happen from set-plays," explained Lomas.

"To have played as well as we did in the first half and have nothing is tough. We should have been a couple up.

"I said to the lads just keep going the way you are and something will turn but we make a mistake five minutes into the second half and we are two goals down.

"Hibs probably didn't deserve to be in front but that's football.

"If you don't take your chances and make mistakes at the back, you get punished. It's as simple as that."

Saints' best chances fell to Gregory Tade, who was twice through on goal, but the burly striker lacked the composure to find the net.

"We will always make chances," continued Lomas.

"The only negative would be that we got in their area enough to score goals and we didn't.

"That's frustrating and it was the same story at Motherwell when we should have killed the game off.

"Overall, I was pleased with the response from the Aberdeen game. That was more like St Johnstone today.

"We've just got to stick at it. It's all about the business ends of the pitch."