Danny Lennon: St Mirren must ditch long-ball approach or miss out on top six

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon believes their long-ball approach is causing their defensive problems

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St Mirren manager Danny Lennon plans to ditch their long-ball strategy in order to clinch a top-six finish in this season's SPL.

Lennon was unhappy that his players opted for a route-one tactic after falling behind against Celtic last weekend.

The Hoops ran out convincing 5-0 winners and the Buddies boss says their style of play is contributing to their poor defensive record.

He told the Paisley Daily Express: "People will point out that we have now lost nine goals at home in two games and that we are leaking goals.

"If you watch three of the Celtic goals, they came about from us actually knocking the ball long. Going long is another tool but it can't become our main tool. "

Lennon believes his side will respond positively from the defeat to Celtic when Dundee United visit Paisley on Saturday.

He said: "I believe we can play the game in the proper manner and eliminate the errors but, in order to do that, we have to make sure we get back to those wee triangular passes that we complete in training.

"We have to ensure that our passing is accurate and we are not giving up possession.

"If we can control ownership of the ball then, more often than not, we'll control the points we earn."