However, he revealed that the centre-half did not get the opportunity to apologise to the dressing-room, such was his desire to offload his annoyance at the way the whole team allowed standards to dip.
"No he never got the chance … it was one of those days!” said a dismayed Ross who was unhappy at the way his side sold themselves short against their Perth visitors, allowing fourth-placed Aberdeen to close the gap on them to three points in the battle for third place.
“We didn't play well. We didn't do enough to win, but I don't necessarily think we deserved to lose.
"I don't think St Johnstone did much more than us, there wasn't a lot created and it wasn't a good game to watch. But we came out on the wrong side because of the defensive lapse, otherwise it would probably have been 0-0.
“Look, Ryan cares about his football and he spends a lot of time working with myself and [Hibs assistant manager] John Potter. He is prepared to take responsibility to get better but he also has broad shoulders. He has bounced back this season already and I think he will do that again.”
Ross expects a positive response from the whole squad, as they now return to Scottish Cup duty. "It's a good week ahead of us, an exciting week. We've shown plenty of times this season that we respond in the right manner.”
To compound the afternoon’s frustrations, Ross collected a yellow card after approaching the officials at full-time – but he is unsure what he did to merit it.
"I didn't swear, didn't raise my voice, I don't think I was aggressive but I'll accept it and move on,” said Ross.
“Sometimes officials like to talk to you and then choose their moments not to talk to you. I find that frustrating.
“I know other managers get frustrated with it as well. People forget football is an emotional game and sometimes there needs to be a collective reminder of that.”