St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has explained his time in COVID-19 isolation after returning to the Buddies starting XI on Saturday.
Prior to the Paisley club’s match with Hibs recently, their full goalkeeping department was wiped out with positive COVID-19 tests. Number one Alnwick and backup stopper Dean Lyness had both contracted the virus and had to isolate for two weeks.
It led to Zdenek Zlamal coming in on loan from Hearts for three games as a losing run started to form. Alnwick couldn’t turn the tide at the weekend as Jim Goodwin’s side lost their fifth game in succession, a 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock.
The Buddies number one has opened up on his isolation period: “It was frustrating but obviously safety is important. I was ill for two days but not with symptoms associated with coronavirus. Unfortunately a lot of people have died from it so I’m one of the lucky ones. As footballers we aren’t untouchable.
“I analysed a little bit, I was watching the games and having a look at things I could come back in and say and help the lads out. It’s all well and good when you’re in a game and you get caught up in the moment but when you sit and watch things, you get a different perspective. I looked at the Celtic game. I watched that and thought we did really well against them and I thought we deserved to take something from the game.
“We sat off them and countered well and then there was the Hibs game where we exposed the midfield and we went long too early at times; the midfield couldn’t get up the pitch.
“That’s what I was trying to work on against Kilmarnock. Just taking my time, waiting a little bit longer, making sure that the boys in midfield can get up the pitch and in the second half, I think that’s what we did.
“You’ve got to put points on the board and we need to start doing that.”