St Johnstone: Steve Lomas praises 'fantastic' Alan Mannus

St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus makes to deny Inverness midfielder Ross Draper

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas praised keeper Alan Mannus following

Mannus made crucial saves to keep Saints level, with both sides already assured of a Scottish Premier League top-six place.

"Alan's been magnificent all year," said Lomas.

"He's been in fantastic form. He's not flashy, he makes saves when he needs to and he's a calming influence. He was excellent tonight."

The result keeps third-place Inverness five points ahead of the Perth outfit, with the teams finishing second and third in the league guaranteed a place in next season's Europa League qualifiers.

And Lomas hopes St Johnstone get three home games in the SPL's post-split fixtures, which will be announced on Monday.

"If we had conceded, we wouldn't have been able to catch Inverness," he said. "It's still going to be a tall order to make up five points.

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"That might be a great point come the end of the season.

"At home, we're a match for anybody. Hopefully, we get a wee bit of fortune with the fixtures."

Though the home side created the more obvious chances, Saints had plenty of possession in attacking areas throughout the 90 minutes.

"It was a strange game because I thought we probably dominated proceedings but Inverness had two clear-cut chances just by our lack of concentration," added Lomas.

"It's a good point because teams have come here and got a right good hiding.

"We dominated for large periods of the game. It would've been very cruel on our lads if we hadn't have got at least a point."