St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas thinks turnaround in form is easy to explain

Steve Lomas: Looking for a third consecutive SPL win

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St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas believes the reason for their improved form is simple - they're taking their chances.

The Perth club won their first game of the season at home to Celtic earlier this month when it looked like they could struggle to get off the bottom of the table.

Saints are now on a run of three wins and a draw from their last four games, including a 4-1 Scottish Communities League Cup third-round victory over Queen's Park in midweek.

And ahead of Saturday's trip to Dundee, the McDiarmid Park boss claims his team were always playing well but have now addressed their issues at both ends of the field.

"People like to over-complicate it and over-analyse it but it is simple," said Lomas.

"It makes a difference when you can score when you are on top.

"We are taking chances now which we weren't doing and I think we have been harder to score against, so it is a combination.

"When we weren't getting the results I was happy with the performances.

"When we weren't getting the results I was happy with the performances."

Steve Lomas

"If we had played like the way we did against Aberdeen in the first five or six games I wouldn't have been happy.

"But I believed it was going to turn, when, was the question. It is a massive carrot for us to win three SPL games on the spin."

No danger

But there is no danger of Lomas underestimating Saturday's SPL opponents.

"I have seen Dundee's performances and they aren't far away," added the Northern Irishman.

"I saw their very good win against Hearts where they performed very well and they did well in spells against Motherwell.

"Barry Smith has added the experience of Colin Nish and Mark Kerr and they will be a handful, no two ways about it.

"Dundee will see it as a winnable game, I'm sure they will be believing that they can get their first home win.

"We are hoping to spoil that party but regarding who is favourites, it is almost like a cup tie, a local derby and form goes out the window, so it is set up for a decent game."