St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig admis Saints did not even practice set-plays ahead of Hearts win


Liam Craig insists St Johnstone did not even practice set-plays before Saturday’s stunning 3-0 win over Hearts – because manager Tommy Wright had been ill.

The midfielder made the most of his return to the starting eleven by twice providing assists for Murray Davidson from corners as Saints stormed into a two-goal lead inside 21 minutes.

Darnell Fisher rounded off the scoring in the 88th minute as the visitors recorded a memorable win.


But experienced playmaker Craig admits they had not put any planning into their corner kick routines.

Craig said: “The manager normally names his team the day before and we’ll do set-pieces but this week he never because he’s been ill.

“Maybe that’s the secret, we just turn up on a Saturday and do it.”

Saints boss Wright was thrilled after his side all but claimed a top six finish with the win.

He said: “It’s a big win when you consider the other results. You’re thinking maybe that you come in and top six will be secure but it’s not yet.

“We’re in a good position, three teams have got to get ahead of us. We played well and we can take that into the last two games before the split.”