Following back-to-back defeats to Celtic and their defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle, it would be easy for heads to drop in the St Johnstone camp. They really shouldn’t, they’re still in the hunt for a top six spot.
Their main man is between the sticks, with Zander Clark a enjoying a fine campaign.
Despite going down to Celtic 2-0 at McDiarmid Park, Saints did well to frustrate the champions until conceding the first goal on 78 minutes. Tommy Wright’s side played well, Clark in particular was excellent to ensure that Perth wouldn’t be an easy place to come for the Hoops like last time.
But it’s been a common theme of his – and Saints’ – season. A clean sheet percentage of 45.8% (11 from 24 appearances) is the best in the Scottish Premiership. He was a pivotal part in Saints keeping a new consecutive clean sheet record this season.
Clark even registered four on the bounce in all competitions, prior to the defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle. A solid defensive unit in front of him is epitomised by the goalkeeper. His name should be thrown into the hat for upcoming Scotland squads.
Sticky spell for Saints at the minute
Yes he’s conceded six in his last three. However, in that time were two daunting away trips to good sides in the division. It would be unfair to deem him responsible for the two he conceded to Celtic at the weekend too.
Saints, and Clark, mustn’t let their heads drop if they are to have a successful season. February looks to be a tricky month with some hard Premiership fixtures, along with yet another trip to Parkhead in the Scottish Cup.
They must feel that they’re in with a chance in most games with the often impenetrable defence they have. It’s whether they can create in the final third and grab the goals to seal victories and add to Clark’s clean sheets.