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McInnes praises Saints duo Davidson and MacDonald

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes
Saints lost their record of seven home games without conceding a goal

Derek McInnes identified midfielder Murray Davidson and striker Peter MacDonald as his key players in their 1-1 draw with Hibernian in Perth.

He said of Davidson: "I thought he was the outstanding player on the park.

"Defensively, in the middle, the creative side of it, throwing himself at crosses at the end trying to get the goal - his performance was top-notch."

And McInnes described MacDonald as a "constant threat, likely to score goals if we get service to him in the box".

Hibernian rarely threatened the home side's goal and McInnes was aggrieved to have taken only a point from the game, having been ahead thanks to a 46th-minute Richie Towell own-goal.

"I thought we were the better team from start to finish," the McDiarmid Park boss told BBC Scotland.

"We applied a lot of pressure to Hibs and never allowed them to get any control of the game.

"We carried a threat, we got a lot of balls into the box and we are disappointed that it took us so long to score.

"I thought we looked like the team who wanted to win the game."

Hibs, though, are a side who have discovered the knack of picking up points: they arrived for the game on the back of five consecutive Scottish Premier League wins.

The other night against Aberdeen was as good as I had seen him

Derek McInnes pays tribute to Peter MacDonald's return to form

And, although not at their best, they levelled the match with 10 minutes remaining when David Wotherspoon's shot smacked off the underside of the bar and crossed Peter Enckelman's goal-line.

"We're disappointed at the Hibs goal. We felt there was a hand ball in the build-up to it," said McInnes.

"The referee has apologised to me, he thinks he has got it wrong. Who knows?

"It was a hard one for the boys to take. I thought, for 80 minutes, we had complete control of the game."

The point lifts St Johnstone above Aberdeen to ninth place in the table and in with a shout of a top-six finish.

And McInnes hopes that MacDonald's return to form will help his team achieve that ambition.

"The other night against Aberdeen was as good as I had seen him," said McInnes of his striker.

"I said, 'if you can give me anything like that from now until the end of the season, I'll be more than happy'; and he was a constant threat again.

"He puts himself about, he was working behind, working close to (Collin) Samuel and always looking lively in the box."

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St Johnstone 1-1 Hibernian
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