Preview - St Johnstone (h)

Last updated : 24 December 2009 By Firparkcorner

A collection of six or seven points from the next three games would keep our top six ambitions on track but perhaps more importantly, it would reinforce our gap over the relegation fight. The league is very tight at present but Falkirk's recent improvement has shrunk the distance from 12th to 5th to only eight points - not a margin which can be viewed as insurmountable.

Forbes celebrates in Perth

Our injury problems are slowly clearing up with Hutchison and Humphrey both playing last week at Ibrox although it is unlikely Fitzpatrick or Smith will feature much even when fit. Paul Slane would be a very welcome addition to the squad though with a start on the bench likely when he is available to return.

Jim Gannon kept us confused by regularly changing the side even when things were going well which means we have no real idea of who we should turn to when the going is tough. Craigan, for all his faults on the ball, could be just what the defence needs after last week's embarrassment while Sutton, O'Brien, Forbes and Coke will all hope to get back into the starting line-up.

St Johnstone have picked up their fair share of points so far and only moments of carelessness at either end have reduced their haul. Morais seems to be in spectacular form while Morris will fancy his chances of dominating the midfield. They have injury problems too though with Samuel ruled out of the attack while Hardie is missing from the midfield and both McCaffray and Rutkiewicz are injured from the defence.

There are very few instances in such a competitive league that the performance is more importance than the result. This is certainly not one of them and we simply must get back on track with three points regardless of how it comes. There will be some very nervous points during the 90 minutes but hopefully we will come out on top with a 2-0 scoreline.