St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson lavishes praise on record breaker Steven Anderson



St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson has lavished praise on Steven Anderson after watching the defender become a Saints record breaker on Saturday.

Anderson made his 362nd appearance in the 3-0 win at Hearts and surpassed the previous best tally that was set by former goalkeeper Alan Main.

The 30-year-old did it in style as the Perth side produced one of their best performances of the season to stun Hearts.

Davidson received the plaudits for his two-goal haul but the midfielder was quick to pay tribute to his his team-mate.

IMG_2736Davidson said: “It is a great achievement and we all congratulated him afterwards, but he still didn’t smile.

“He doesn’t get very excitable, that’s just the way he is.

“He loves keeping clean sheets so it is probably the perfect day for him.

“He is just one of those cliched, old-school defenders. Even in training if his team loses a goal he is going mad.

“I actually spoke to Alan Main last week and to beat his record is a massive achievement and something he should be greatly proud of.

“He got the match ball and we all signed it for him.”

Davidson had the visitors two up inside 21 minutes before Darnell Fisher rounded off the scoring two minutes from time.

The Scotland cap added: “Steven has been here for 12 years and I have been here for seven.

“He is great to have about the dressing room.

“He happily kicks the ball as far away from his goal because he looks at it that you can’t score if the ball is at the other end of the park.

“He is a leader in the team and I couldn’t be any more happy for him.”