Unfortunately, it looks like our brilliant cup runs have been to the detriment of our league form.
Doing well in the cups is all well and good – and Wednesday’s Scottish Cup win in Inverness was excellent – but we’ve totally lost our way in the league, and that’s our bread and butter.
Even allowing for the hectic run of fixtures we’ve had, we should still be doing better than we have been lately. One league win in six is not good enough for a team with our ambitions. Falling so far adrift of Rangers has probably left the players deflated and there’s maybe a subconscious feeling that they will just settle for second place and take their chances in the play-offs, but even that is not certain now given the brilliant form being shown by Falkirk.
Everybody else in the top half of the league seems to be doing well and we’ve completely lost our mojo, which is a real concern because we’re now at the business end of the season.
I think the fact we’ve been without key men like Dylan McGeouch, Fraser Fyvie and Paul Hanlon is also taking its toll. As well as missing their quality on the pitch, their absence has also meant the manager has had less options to shuffle the pack in recent weeks, which has meant the same players being relied upon heavily game to game. On Saturday, without Liam Henderson as well, we ended up with a couple of strikers playing in slightly unusual positions.
It doesn’t help that Jason Cummings is having one of those barren runs that all strikers have throughout their careers. He’s still a very young lad, so it’s inevitable that he’s going to have dips along the way. He’ll come again, without a doubt, but he’s got to make sure he deals with adversity better than he did on Saturday, when he appeared to show a bit of petulance towards the manager after being subbed. It’s all well and good wanting to score goals, but you’ve got to be able to take the good with the bad.
We need everybody to keep their heads if we’re to ride out this storm. Hopefully the two-week break gives us a chance to regroup and get some of the injured bodies back.