PREVIEW | Saints v St Mirren

Saints face St Mirren in the Ladbrokes Premiership at McDiarmid Park tomorrow afternoon as Tommy Wright's men look to bounce back from the recent winless run this weekend.

It's a different test for the players as they come up against a St Mirren outfit battling against relegation while Saints look to make a late charge for a top six finish.

Looking ahead to the match, the manager said it's vital his players bounce back from the defeat to Livingston last time out if they are to have any hopes of a top half finish.

"We want to reignite our top six chances," he said, "and to do that we have to get all three points.

"There is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves. We're still having a good season even if our current form doesn't make it seem that way at the moment.

"We need to find a way to win the match and just because St Mirren are at the wrong end of the table it doesn't make it any easier.

"They've improved since the winter break - they're harder to beat and have nicked a few goals - plus they've had Jackson chip in with some goals.

"They have a lot of energy and some enthusiastic players so it's going to be a tough game. If we can get the result then I really believe it's game on again in the fight for the top six."

Despite enjoying more of the ball in recent matches, the lack of opportunities created in the final third has been a worry to the manager and he says that's something that his players need to improve on this weekend.

"The last time St Mirren came here it was probably one of our best performances of the season," Tommy said.

"We created lots of chances and missed two penalties. On another day we could have by 6 or 7.

"That was then and this is now though. In recent matches we've kept possession better but lacked that creativity in the final third which has limited our opportunities in front of goal.

"We've got to make things happen and show more urgency in the final third. We need to get shots away, crosses in the box and test the opposition 'keeper more."

In terms of team news, Tommy will include Brian Easton in the pool again this weekend and will make a late call on the fitness of his number one goalkeeper Zander Clark.

"I think Brian is just a wee bit away yet in terms of being involved from the start," he said. "but he'll be in the squad available for selection again.

"He probably needs at least one more 90 minutes under his belt for the Reserves which he'll get on Monday against Partick Thistle.

"We need to remember he hasn't played competitive football for over 15 months and although his fitness levels are very good he still needs that match sharpness to be ready.

"Zander's got a chance but we'll assess him and make a late decision. He's been such a big player for us this season that it's a bit of risk and reward.

"We know the reward because he's been a top performer his campaign but we don't want to risk setting him back and ruling him out longer term."


Tomorrow's match at McDiarmid Park is a 3PM kick-off. The match will be broadcast LIVE on Saints TV to our overseas subscribers with UK & Ireland subscribers receiving live audio commentary.

The co-commentator tomorrow is former Saints defender Danny Griffin.