Murray Davidson admits if someone in the St Johnstone squad is not pulling their weight, manager Tommy Wright doesn’t need to sort them out the rest of the players do it themselves.
Saints’ work ethic and never-say-die attitude was in evidence yet again at Tannadice on Saturday when they clawed their way back from being a goal down against a rejuvenated Dundee United side to take all three points.
Davidson scored what ultimately proved to be the winner as St Johnstone made it a record-equalling six away wins in a row.
The midfielder said: “We have become an established top six team but we feel we don’t get a massive amount of credit.
“However, we are delighted to go and prove people wrong.
“We have shown again that we are more than capable of being a match for most teams.
“When you look at the budget of this squad compared to others . . . I think the spirit and the whole togetherness of the club is something that you can’t replace. You can’t buy that.
“If someone isn’t working hard enough, it is sometimes easy for the manager as the players are so professional, we sort it out ourselves.
“That is what a lot of it is based on. It is just sheer hard work, being organised and then we do believe we have enough quality in the squad to hurt the opposition.”
United’s defeat combined with Partick Thistle winning meant that the Tangerines are now six points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership.
However, Tannadice defender Ryan McGowan insists no-one at the club is hitting the panic button just yet.
When asked if the points gap was concerning, he said: “No, not really. It is only November and there are still plenty more games to go.
“We have a lot of home games coming up but we need to start getting a few victories and putting points on the board.”