Football - Lennon: Get back to basics

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has ordered his men to get back to basics in a bid to turn around their miserable season.

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The long-term future of Lennon as Buddies boss is in real doubt after his side's failure to register a single victory in their first seven games of the season.

They take on an Aberdeen side on Monday currently sitting third in the Scottish Premiership table and buoyed on by the 5-0 League Cup win over Falkirk on Wednesday.

The Dons were full of verve as they booked a quarter-final place against Motherwell but Lennon has refused to show any concern about his team's opponents.

Instead he claims his team are close to grabbing that first precious three points of the campaign, if only they can cut out the mistakes that have cost them dear so far.

He said: "We need to get back to basics. With that I mean we need hard work, to cut out the uncharacteristic mistakes that we are making as individuals - the short pass-backs, the cheap fouls we are giving away, the failure to defend crosses or not matching runs.

"I believe in my players. We have got guys that have played at international level, who have done great things in the game and won silverware.

"The only thing that is lacking - and it's a key ingredient - is confidence.

"But I believe that if we can take care of the small things, the greater things will come. There is a great saying that you have to look after the pennies to look after the pounds and we must get the basics right if we want to turn things around."

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