By David Buick and Ben Banks
Tommy Wright has provided an update on why Callum Hendry missed a 0-0 St Johnstone draw with St Mirren.
Wright’s side got out of Paisley with a point despite finishing the game with ten men. Liam Craig was sent off with ten minutes to go but St Johnstone manned the barricades to earn a share of the spoils.
Whilst it isn’t a bad result in the context of the game, Wright’s side could have been doing with three to strengthen their push for the top six after a terrific run of form. A win could have taken them two points off sixth placed Hibs, they now sit four behind.
It’s a more than achievable points gap to make up and they’ve got a trip to face the Hibees in just over a week’s time. Wright has reflected on the draw in Paisley whilst saying that Hendry, a star in recent weeks, was left out of the game on a precautionary basis.
“There was a lot of character in our performance,” Wright said. “It’s a fair result, a good point for both sides. We done a bit better second half, hit the bar, and then the last ten minutes we needed to defend for our lives.
“We did that well. I’m proud of the players, it’s not easy coming here and it takes us a point closer to Hibs. That’s what we’ve got to be positive about. Callum Hendry had a foot injury, happened in training.
“It’s an impact injury so I’m confident he’ll be ok for Saturday. He’d have needed to do a lot of kicking and a lot of work on the foot. If that doesn’t work out, you maybe end up out for Saturday, maybe longer.
“The precaution was taken but it sort of limited what we could do to change it”