Heavy home defeat kick-started winning away run, says St Johnstone goal hero Scott Tanser

Scott Tanser, right, celebrates his goal.
Scott Tanser, right, celebrates his goal.

Goal hero Scott Tanser has highlighted the heavy home loss to Celtic as a “blessing in disguise” for record-breaking St Johnstone.

Saints reached a club milestone of six straight away wins in the top flight when they eased to a 2-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park on Saturday.

Remarkably, every success on the road has been achieved without conceding a single goal.

It is a fabulous feat, of which Tommy Wright and his team can be extremely proud.

It all started after they suffered a 6-0 hammering from the Hoops at McDiarmid Park on October 7.

Since that day, they have travelled to play Motherwell, Livingston, Hibs, Aberdeen, St Mirren and Dundee and left victorious on every occasion.

Tanser said: “I think that’s a record for us as a team and it’s great to be a part of that.

“We’ve achieved it so everyone is happy.

“We just started playing away like we would at home, all working together.

“At the start of the season, you could say we were a new team with quite a few new players.

“It was always going to take a few games for us to gel together.

“Going back to the Celtic game, that was the motivation we needed to get back up and we have never looked back.

“You could say it was a blessing in disguise.

“We haven’t looked behind us since.”

The 1,800-plus away fans had barely planted their bums on their seats when, with just 35 seconds on the clock, Tanser sent over a cross that hit the post on its way into the home net on Saturday.

Liam Craig added a second after 58 minutes as he became second on the list of the club’s all-time appearance list behind Steven Anderson with game number 362.

In truth, it could have been whole lot more for the visitors, who dominated their opponents from start to finish.

Tanser said: “It was a really good day for us, not just the result, but the performance was great.”

As if Saints needed further good news they got it with an injury update on Murray Davidson, who missed the Dundee game with a knee problem.

Boss Wright said: “Murray’s scan has come back showing no structural damage so it’s just a few weeks he’s looking at.

“That’s obviously great news because we were worried it may be more serious than that.

“We will hopefully have him back once the break is finished.”