By David Buick and Ben Banks
Zander Clark feels like a kid in training- but it was anything but child’s play for him in Paisley after he helped St Johnstone earn a point against St Mirren.
The Saints stopper was in impressive form against the Buddies as his side obtained a 0-0 draw with ten men. He became Jon Obika’s nightmare during this match, denying the Englishman on several occasions.
Jamie McGrath was also denied by Clark’s gloves as the Irishman’s effort seemingly destined for the net was tipped onto the post by St Johnstone’s stopper. A fingertip save in the final minutes to deny Obika again was one particularly fine moment.
Moments like that are things that he works on in training, which is very enjoyable for Clark: “I try and stop goals so I’m just glad that a couple of saves get that point. It’s stuff that we work on every day, there’s not a lot a goalkeeper can work on in training.
“It’s a good bit of fun, you get to welly balls off cones and it brings out the inner child in you! Reactions are something we work on a lot. You’ve got to look at it as a positive result.
“You’re a point closer to the ones above. You want all three but grabbing the point here tonight is good. Obviously if we go into Saturday (against Livingston) and we manage to get three it’ll be a great return.
“I know what I’m capable of. It’s good to be back making saves, it’s what gives you joy when you’re a goalkeeper.”