JAMIE LANGFIELD has issued a scathing warning to St Mirren - cut out the mistakes now or face a long season ahead.

The experienced goalkeeper was helpless in preventing the Buddies slipping to their fourth defeat in seven Ladbrokes Championship on Friday night in Paisley when Raith Rovers snatched a late winner in a 2-1 reverse.

Both goals were poorly defended in what was yet another tale of two halves for the Paisley club, who have struggled to string together a run of consistent 90-minute performances since the campaign began.

The unpredictability of the Buddies has seen their attempts to gain promotion from Scotland’s second tier at the first time of asking stall as they sink to third bottom of the standings.

And Langfield, who has been more accustomed in recent times to challenging at the top end of the Premiership with Aberdeen, believes enough is enough.

He vented: “Losing to Raith was absolutely sickening. We dominated the second half so much, I actually don’t know what to say. It’s so frustrating.

“We can keep on making excuses but we are switching off at the wrong time. There’s no point in dominating games for 45 or 90 minutes and then switching off for a minute. It cost us a goal.

We are not here to beat about the bush. I know we are a young team and we are all getting to know each other, but we are now seven games in and it’s time to get our fingers out our backsides.

“We know the fans are frustrated but no more so than us.

“We are switching off at the wrong times and we need to learn fast. Especially in this league.”

Langfield was brought down from Aberdeen to add some experience to Ian Murray’s St Mirren ranks.

He joins the likes of Steven Thompson, Jim Goodwin, Andy Webster and Scott Agnew as the more senior members of the dressing room.

However, the 35-year-old Paisley native has dismissed suggestions that this group must shoulder more responsibility than the fledgling members of the Saints team.

“We need to start winning,” said Langfield ahead of this weekend’s trip to Easter Road to face Hibs.

“It’s great knowing we have been playing well or we are creating chances but the bottom line is if you come away with no points it doesn’t matter.

“Our home form is letting us down badly. Away from home at the likes of Queens and Morton it doesn’t seem to be a problem, it’s just at home. We need to rectify that as a team and I’m sure we will do.

“Yeah, there are four or five of us who are experienced in the team but that doesn’t make a team, you need at least nine or 10 to pull their weight. Especially in this Championship which is a very tough league.

“Having coming from the Premiership, I’m getting to notice it. It’s a tough, tough league and there is no point kicking about.

“We all need to pull our weight. Not just the experienced guys, but the younger boys who have now played enough games this season to get us through this.”