St Johnstone 1-1 Dundee Utd: Not enough credit given - Wright

Dundee United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak watches Murray Davidson's strike hit the net
Dundee United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak watches Murray Davidson's strike hit the net

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright claimed his side do not get enough credit after their 1-1 draw with Dundee United kept the Perth men in the Europa League spot hunt.

John Rankin gave the visitors the lead but Murray Davidson cancelled it out, though Saints captain Dave Mackay missed a first-half penalty.

"We don't seem to get mentioned in the same breath as Dundee United or even Dundee," Wright told BBC Scotland.

"We are a good side and we've had another good season."

St Johnstone and Dundee United remain level in the Scottish Premiership on 53 points apiece with two games to go.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have already clinched third place, however a win for the Highlanders in the Scottish Cup final would open up a European place for whoever finishes in fourth spot.

"We've still an outside chance of getting fourth which may or may not get us Europe, so we still have a lot to play for in the last two games," said Wright.

"I thought we edged it in terms of chances and even if you take the penalty miss out of I thought we had the better chances.

"But, I thought we showed a lot of character to come back against a good side and get back in the game and it's status quo, same number of points."

"We had chances and I thought we played extremely well and probably went down a goal against the run of play."

Dundee United's John Souttar (right) battles for the ball against St Johnstone's David Wotherspoon
Dundee United's John Souttar (right) battles for the ball against St Johnstone's David Wotherspoon

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara admitted Inverness were worthy of third spot.

He said: "It's important for both sides, we both want to have an outside chance of making Europe.

"Credit to Inverness, another fantastic result, they've had a great season. We haven't won enough games to put pressure on them for third spot and we are now fighting it out with St Johnstone and it's still all to play for.

"Obviously when they had a penalty you fear the worst but a great save from Rado [Cierniak]. I don't think there was much in the game, but a lot of mistakes in the game by the players and possibly by the officials.

"I don't think there's much in certain decisions. I thought there was a bit of inconsistency there with certain bookings and they were very quick to give their penalty. I'd like to see it again and the one with Nadir [Ciftci] in their box when he passed it across and was taken out."

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