Guess I must be one of the "least of us" then. I have no confidence whatsoever that we are going to start scoring any time soon, let alone start taking anything out of games.
We're watching a dead team with no self-belief now. I saw a lot of the Hibs side of a few seasons ago that ended with them being relegated, and this Saints team horribly remind me of that. Poor quality, predictable, bad to watch, lacking in confidence, some awful signings, and whether anyone wants to hear it or not, a management team that don't actually know how to make it better - or if they do, the're not doing it. A rebuild has been needed for a couple of seasons now, but we've not done it, and unfortunately this has been coming. At this level, unless you're a club that has cash to spend, I'm afraid everyone at a club in any capacity has a shelf life - players and managers. When a team becomes stale, the forward looking clubs that change on a regular basis generally wise up to it pretty fast. That's what's happening to us now. Other teams have sussed St Johnstone out. They know our players, and they know our game plan (when there is one). In short, they know how to win against us.
As Edstar said, there's no room for sentiment. The manager failed to rebuild the team from the bottom up when he should have 3 seasons ago, and has relied on largely the same core set of players doing pretty much the same thing the same way. That team peaked back then. Look at the big sides when they win something, what's the first thing they do? Pretty much dismantle it and start again. I'm not saying that it's the manager's fault, things could have been beyond his control, but for whatever reason, it wasn't done, and we are where we are now. In my opinion, the manager needs a new challenge and Saints desperately need fresh ideas. I'd hate for this to go on and see Tommy Wright forced out under a cloud. But as I said, the comparison to Hibs under Fenlon and Butcher to they way we're playing is scary.
Having said all that, we'll probably go out and beat Celtic on Saturday...