PREVIEW: Saints v Hamilton

Saints welcome Hamilton Accies to McDiarmid Park tomorrow looking to make it five wins on the bounce in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

It's the final match before the November international break and both sides go into Saturday's fixture on the back of impressive victories.

Joe Shaughnessy's late winner at Easter Road last time out made it four wins and four clean sheets in a row for Tommy Wright's men, while Hamilton overcame Premiership newboys Livingston 1-0 at the Hope CBD Stadium.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's match, Tommy says that training in the build-up to the weekend has been excellent but he's expecting a tough game against Martin Canning's side.

"Training has been excellent all week," the manager said, "it's an excellent run we're on and the players deserve a lot of credit.

"The one thing that's been key has been the amount of effort the boys have been putting in each week and then how well they've stepped up to the mark on matchdays.

"We're not getting carried away though and it's another difficult game tomorrow against a tricky Hamilton side.

"I've always admired the job Martin has done at Hamilton and is still doing. Every year they get tipped for relegation and they prove people wrong.

"They've got experienced players in their team who know the league as well as some good young players with quality. We've got a really good record against them though and the onus is on us to really take the game to them and make it a difficult afternoon for Hamilton."

With a potential top flight clean sheet record at stake for Saints 'keeper Zander Clark, Tommy waxed lyrical about his defence and number one's performes in recent matches.

"To keep four clean sheets in a row - the first team to do it this season - is extremely pleasing," the manager said.

"It's a great achievement but we want five. Zander's played a huge part in that and I really feel for him not being called-up to the Scotland squad this time around.

"I thought - with the form he's showed during our run but also in his performances in other games this season - that he'd be in the squad but unfortunately he hasn't been included.

"He's been solid and made big saves when he's had to. He's organised the defence really well but the clean sheets have been based on hard work from the people in front of him as well so it's been a team effort."

On the injury front, the manager has revealed that there is a doubt over the fitness of Danny Swanson but has more positive news about midfielder Blair Alston.

"Danny tweaked his knee in training this week so he's a doubt for tomorrow," Tommy said.

"We've got Steven Anderson and Brian Easton making progress which is good but they're still sidelined.

"Blair Alston, Murray Davidson and David Wotherspoon have all trained this week so they'll be in the squad which is good news ahead of tomorrow."


Kick-off tomorrow is 3PM and the referee is Steven McLean.

There will be live updates from tomorrow's match from the club's official Twitter account.