Dundee United manager Thomas Courts has hailed St Johnstone keeper Zander Clark’s performance in yesterday’s 1-0 win for the Saints at Tannadice – admitting the shot-stopper helped “turn one point into three” for Callum Davidson’s side.

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Clark made a string of stops to deny the hosts and record a vital clean sheet for Callum Davidson’s side that helped St Johnstone climb above Livingston into ninth place in the league.

Courts compared the keeper’s performance to Hearts and Scotland star Craig Gordon as he admitted Clark left his players “exasperated” with some “tremendous” saves.

“I actually said to Benji [Siegrist] when we were walking off. A couple of the players had said it was almost un-human-like,” Courts said after the game.

“We’ve seen Benji do that for us too. We’ve got a keeper who can turn one point into three and I’ve seen Craig Gordon do that, too.

“All credit to Zander Clark for his performance and it gave us an indication for our attacking intent in the second half.

I think there were two or three moments at the end you could see the exasperation on our players’ faces because they’ve made clean contact and made the right decision, but the big man made a few tremendous saves and kept his team in front so he deserves all the credit.”

Ali Crawford scored the only goal of the game, netting after 17 minutes for the Saints as they ended United’s seven-game unbeaten run.

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