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Lennon: Saints will survive

Danny Lennon has no fears about St Mirren's ability to drag themselves out of the relegation zone as they prepare to face Dundee.

Last weekend's 1-0 defeat against Hearts means Saints have now lost six SPL games in a row and sit just a single point ahead of Saturday's opponents.

Lennon admitted after the reverse at Tynecastle that his side are in a relegation battle right now.

But the Buddies boss is confident they will no longer be in such a precarious position come the end of the season when it really matters.

He said: "I'm not worried at all. We've got 24 games still to go, it's a marathon.

"I know what I'm going to get from the players most weeks.

"Four of those six games could have gone either way so we are not far away performance-wise.

"Last week, we showed a great fighting spirit in being difficult to beat and a deflected goal was the difference between the two sides.

"With the players, my staff, the board and the fans all being as one, we will be stronger and more difficult to beat and hopefully, beginning on Saturday, we can start to climb that table again."

Saints failed to take any points from meetings with St Johnstone, Celtic, Dundee United, Hibernian and Aberdeen, as well as Hearts.

Lennon added: "We can't ignore the recent run of results.

"But we have a group of guys who are willing to go out there and fight and play for the black and white jersey and give their all.

"We've got 135 years of wonderful club history and we want to add to that and keep it going.

"It's going to take us getting our sleeves rolled up and a lot of hard work.

"The work and commitment from the boys has been second to none, they're a pleasure to work with.

"If I had to pick a group of guys to go into the trenches with, these are the ones I would have.

"We certainly believe we are sitting in a false position at this minute in time but the table doesn't lie.

"I feel that we have the quality to progress up the table."

The Saints boss takes some comfort from the tight nature of the SPL this season.

He said: "It's very close. There are seven points between ourselves and the top six. We know how quickly it can turn around.

"What we have to do - and there is no hiding from it - is start picking up points and winning football games again."