St Johnstone goalie Zander Clark insists no-one was panicking despite run of defeats

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Zander Clark.

St Johnstone keeper Zander Clark insists there was never any crisis talk in the Perth dressing-room after the six-goal loss to Celtic capped a miserable four-game losing run against the top teams.

“There wasn’t much talk in the dressing room after that Celtic defeat. We just wanted it out of our system quickly,” he said.

“We knew we had come through a tough run of fixtures but we also knew our season wasn’t going to be defined on that one result.

“We had to bounce back quickly.

“And we were aware there were opportunities to get more points on the board before the next international break.

“I suppose there’s no better way to bounce back than having three clean sheets.

“That is credit to the boys. We have been ore resolute and solid at the back and defending from the front.

“It was always said the group of players here had character and maybe some people thought we would suffer losing guys like Steven MacLean and Chris Millar over the summer.

“But the lads that have come in like Tony Watt, Matty Kennedy and Drey Wright have all shown they can stand up and be counted when the chips are down.

“Thankfully we have managed to do that and it gives us great confidence going to face Hibs.

“We have opened up a gap between the teams below us and have closed in on teams above.

“Getting away from the bottom and being secure has to be the first priority for a club of our size.

“Once you get past that marker it is about trying to climb as high as you can.

“Since I have been here that is the way we have always approached it and it has served us well.

“Hibs have been in good form but our record has been decent against them and hopefully that will continue.”