ROSS County boss Derek Adams is urging Staggies fans to give his new-look side time to settle into their second season in the Scottish Premiership.
The Dingwall team slid to a surprise 3-1 loss against newcomers Partick Thistle on Saturday, which came a week after their opening day defeat at champions Celtic.
With half a dozen new signings arriving at the club this summer, Adams believes they will click into gear sooner rather than later.
He said: "We didn’t play well at all against Partick Thistle and we’ll be looking for a big improvement at Perth.
"Partick Thistle passed the ball effectively and created chances, but from our point of view we didn’t do that, nor did we defend well enough.
"There have been big changes here this season. Only one of the starting 11 from last season started on Saturday and we have six new faces.
"They will take time to gel and then we can move forward."
Thistle’s Kris Doolan and a double from Steven Lawless swept the Staggies aside on Saturday, although a Graham Carey goal gave them hosts a glimmer of hope for a while.
That weekend defeat was labelled by Adams as "probably the worst result since I became Ross County manager".
However, captain Richard Brittain, who scored 11 goals last season and was arguably one of the league’s most consistent performers, and forward Ivan Sproule are available for Saturday’s trip to St Johnstone to face last term’s third-placed side.
Adams explained: "It’s great to have Richard and Ivan back from suspension. They are both experienced players who are eager to come back into the team.
"St Johnstone did remarkably well, finishing third last season and they have already won and drawn their opening two games in the league as well as beating Rosenborg and coming close against FC Minsk in the Europa League, so it will be tough."
On-loan forward from Grasshopper in Switzerland, Orhan Mustafi, made his home debut against the Jags, stepping in for injured Dutchman Kevin Luckassen.
Adams added: "He played well, but it was difficult for him as he is not yet 100 per cent fit. Kevin had to miss out because of a thigh injury. We will see how he is for the weekend. We have a few injury concerns, but hopefully they will clear up in time for the St Johnstone match."
*** The Black Isle Supporters Club are running a bus to Perth for the St Johnstone game picking up at the usual places at the following times: Tore 10.15am, Dingwall 10.30am, Inverness 10.45am.
Seats on the bus will be priced at £13 for Black Isle Supporters Club members and £15 for non-members. Seats are available to purchase online from www.rosscountyfootballclub.co.uk, over the phone at 01349 860860 and in person at Victoria Park Stadium, Dingwall.