St Johnstone striker Nicky Clark reflected on a “massive” night for himself and the team after his double against Kilmarnock sealed a first cinch Premiership win of the season.
Clark struck twice inside seven minutes of his first appearance at McDiarmid Park since February before Saints held on for a 2-1 win despite Dara Costelloe’s red card.
The 32-year-old had not played a home game since February and only made his return from an ankle injury during Saturday’s 4-0 defeat by St Mirren, which proved to be Steven MacLean’s final match in charge.
Clark said: “It was a long road, ups and downs and setbacks along the way. I knew if I kept working hard I would get back eventually and to come back and score two goals is a great feeling.
“It was massive for us. We let a lot of people down at the weekend, including ourselves as players. We knew we had to respond and I think we did that.
“We started really well and to a man defensively we were amazing. We can take a lot of confidence from this.”
St Johnstone remain bottom of the Premiership despite the win, but are now only three points behind 11th placed Livingston and have a game in hand over David Martindale’s side.
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