Lomas praise for Saints duo

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St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas praised goalkeeper Peter Enckelman and midfielder Murray Davidson following the 2-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win at Hearts.

Liam Craig netted early and Dave MacKay converted a 78th-minute penalty as Saints, who have lost just once away all season, strengthened their advantage over their hosts in fourth place in the table. Enckelman saved Jamie Hamill penalty after 64 minutes and Davidson was fouled for Saints' spot-kick for the second, rendering Mehdi Taouil's 86th-minute goal a consolation.

Davidson, who has been linked with Rangers among other clubs, was at his usual box-to-box best despite his brother being injured in a car accident on Friday night. His condition was described as "okay" by Lomas, who said: "To come out and put the shift in he did I thought was special. To have that on your mind - I thought he was different class."

Enckelman was also lauded for blocking Hamill's penalty after John Sutton had been hauled down by David McCracken.

Lomas added: "The big turning point was the penalty, an unbelievable save from the big man. He's fantastic."

The win took Lomas' record to seven points from a possible nine in three matches in charge and pushed Saints four-points behind next weekend's opponents Motherwell.

It says something about Davidson's character and professionalism that team captain MacKay was unaware of the midfielder's personal torment.

MacKay said: "I don't think any of the players knew about that. He keeps himself to himself. He'll turn up and put performances in like that all the time.

"That's why teams are looking at him and he'll get his move sooner or later.

"His work rate is great. One minute he's throwing himself in front of someone in our box, the next minute he's winning a penalty. It was a great run. It's just the type of player he is and the attitude he's got."

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