Scottish Premiership
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St Johnstone 2-1 Dundee United

A wonderful individual goal from Chris Millar completed a sensational fightback for St Johnstone to continue the home side's resurgent form.

United's breakthrough came two minutes before half-time when Calum Butcher angled a low effort across Alan Mannus.

Michael O'Halloran nodded Lee Croft's perfect delivery down and into the net.

Saints kept going and Millar picked up on the edge of the box, jinked to the left then cut back on to his right foot to finish low into the corner.

The goal was reward for St Johnstone's second-half commitment, and they always looked the more likely of the two teams despite falling behind.

A healthy 7,000 crowd witnessed a frenetic finale as the game opened up but United will rue the missed chance to close the gap to leaders Celtic to just two points.

It was a stale first half devoid of chances, with a Croft shot, which was tipped over, the only real effort of note by either side.

However, Butcher put the visitors ahead just before half-time after latching on to Stuart Armstrong's lay-off.

The midfielder stretched as he was closed down and arrowed a low effort across Mannus which left the keeper stranded.

United impressed with their tight, incisive interplay but a lack of clinical finishing cost them dearly as the match wore on, with Armstrong missing two good openings.

Dave Mackay went closest for St Johnstone with a fierce left-foot drive which was tipped away superbly by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

O'Hallaron brought St Johnstone back on level terms when he was inexplicably left unmarked just six yards from goal.

United claimed handball when Mackay charged down a clearance. The ball broke to Croft and it was his wonderful delivery that found the striker with the easiest of chances to nod home.

The game swung from end to end but it was a piece of individual brilliance which settled the match, perhaps from the unlikeliest source.

Millar picked up possession and jinked left into the penalty area.

He abruptly checked back and fired a wonderful low right-footed shot across goal, inside the far post to send the home crowd wild.

It was pulsating stuff as the final whistle approached but the home side held out to continue their upturn in form.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 6Anderson
  • 5Wright
  • 24Easton
  • 22CroftSubstituted forMillerat 90'minutes
  • 7Millar
  • 4LappinBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 77'minutes
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 9MacLean

Substitutes

  • 8McDonald
  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 19Miller
  • 20Brown
  • 33McLaren
  • 45Kitchen

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 2Dillon
  • 14MorrisBooked at 82minsSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 88'minutes
  • 5Fojut
  • 3Townsend
  • 8Rankin
  • 20Butcher
  • 24Spittal
  • 10Armstrong
  • 17Erskine
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 16Wilson
  • 18Dow
  • 21Telfer
  • 22Connolly
  • 26Szromnik
  • 33Spark
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
7,384

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 2, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 2, Dundee United 1.

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Gary Miller replaces Lee Croft.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Callum Morris because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Dundee United 1. Chris Millar (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by David Mackay (St. Johnstone).

Booking

Callum Morris (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Attempt saved. Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Lee Croft (St. Johnstone).

Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Callum Morris (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Gary McDonald replaces Simon Lappin.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 1, Dundee United 1. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Croft.

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high.

Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Millar (St. Johnstone).

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Callum Morris.

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Calum Butcher (Dundee United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Attempt saved. David Mackay (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins St. Johnstone 0, Dundee United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, St. Johnstone 0, Dundee United 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic18123334122239
2Dundee Utd1811163122934
3Aberdeen1711152617934
4Hamilton18103530191133
5Inverness CT1710252418632
6St Johnstone189271718-129
7Kilmarnock187381822-424
8Dundee185672325-221
9Partick Thistle185582321220
10Motherwell1852111327-1417
11St Mirren1832131432-1811
12Ross County1824121737-2010
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