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Rudden energy sparks attack but defence needs work – Davidson


ZAK Rudden has already done enough to show he was worth St Johnstone taking him on loan from Dundee.

In five substitute appearance­s the former Partick Thistle centreforw­ard has scored one goal, played a part in another and looked a Premiershi­p standard player.

With Nicky Clark ruled out for the season, he could be on the verge of becoming a Perth starter.

“Zak was one we wanted to bring in because he runs in behind and adds energy,” said manager Callum Davidson.

“So with Nicky being out he’s now got an opportunit­y to show what he can do.

“We wanted competitio­n for places so players have to be patient at times – but they also have to be ready to take their chance when it comes along.

“He did well when he came on at Kilmarnock and played a role in the equaliser although I was shouting for him to square it rather than shoot.

“But I like the fact he had confidence in himself to go for it and that’s what you want from a striker.

“He certainly impacted the game and that’s what we asked him to do when we put him on.”

Saints have only failed to score on one occasion in their last six fixtures.

But Davidson believes it’s the other end of the pitch where there’s been a drop-off in standards.

“Our goal-scoring record has been miles better this season but we need to keep more clean sheets to really get the benefit of it,” he said.

“We have looked at it – we’re conceding too many soft goals at the moment.

“To win more games we have to limit teams better and stop them scoring.

“If we do that, we’ll pick up a lot of points.”

 ?? ?? Zak Rudden is on loan from Dundee.
Zak Rudden is on loan from Dundee.

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