OWEN COYLE has urged his players to banish the woes of December, which saw them fall to the foot of the Premiership taking just one point from a possible twenty-one.

The ex-Burnley gaffer took over from Jim McIntyre in September; however, his fortunes have faltered and the Staggies have found themselves in a scrap for survival.

Coyle, 51, was speaking to the Press & Journal when he confirmed that the club must get themselves out of this rut of performances.

“For me, it is not about what is missing. It is putting the bits of the jigsaw together.

“We’ve already shown what we can do in a very good October and November, looking at performances. When we came in we took 10 points from six games, which was a very good reaction.

“Since then we’ve had one or two good performances but when all said and done, we’ve got what we’ve got.

“There is no getting away from it, we had a horrible December – some it self-inflicted, some of it not.

“But we didn’t do well enough in December. Even looking at the two home games against Kilmarnock and St Johnstone we should probably be sitting with four extra points.

“There’s little bits that need fine-tuning and that will give us a team that can win games and move up the league to where we want to be.”

Coyle has sought the help of ex-Caley midfielder, Greg Tansey, as he looks to climb back out of the division’s trapdoor. The Staggies face a trip to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup before a visit to Motherwell in the league.


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