St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson has been happy with the defensive work his Buddies team-mates have produced over the past two matches to reward the goalkeeper with his third and fourth clean sheet of the season.
The 33-year-old exclaimed to the media on Thursday afternoon:
“It is something the manager and ourselves as a group of players have spoken about – we are a very attacking side, who have a lot of forward-thinking players, but, we have probably let in more goals than we would have liked; we can’t always win matches 4-3 or something along those lines, so, it has been good to get a couple of clean sheets in a row, not just for myself, but, the whole team in the last two games have been defensively excellent.
I think that [attacking style of play] is something which the manager has stressed to you guys [the media], the fans and us as players, that this is the way he likes to play. Sometimes, we may be open and teams may get chances to score, but, it is down to us as defenders and goalkeepers to try stop as many goals going in the back of our net, so we can allow the boys up front to do the business for us. Over the last few games we have looked very solid: the Falkirk match was a massive test for us; with the game getting played up there and them flying high under their new manager, we knew it’d be a difficult game for us but I felt we came through the game with flying colours.”
From a personal perspective, Samson is more concerned about the three points on a Saturday rather than keeping a clean sheet himself.
“I would rather we won the game 5-4, than drew 0-0. The most important thing is to win the match. I am not going to be pretend that [clean sheets] are the be-all and end-all as it isn’t, winning and staying where we are right now in the league is.”
Looking ahead to this afternoon’s derby against Morton, the keeper said:
“It is a massive game because it is a derby, but, as I stressed after the Falkirk match, we have to focus solely on ourselves – not just on this game due to it being so important. We just need to tick the matches off and try stay at the top of the league as our ultimate aim is to get promoted this year; whether that is through the play-offs or by winning the league, it doesn’t matter, as long as we do it. There are teams trying to catch us at the minute and that is a good pressure to have on ourselves: we are looking forward to the match, it is at home where we have a good record so we are aiming to pick up another three points.”