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St Johnstone 2-1 Dundee United

Graham Cummins headed St Johnstone on level terms
Graham Cummins headed St Johnstone on level terms

St Johnstone recovered from having goalkeeper Allan Mannus sent off in the first half to come from behind and beat Dundee United at McDiarmid Park.

Mannus was dismissed for barging into Billy McKay in the box, with the on-loan striker beating Zander Clark with the subsequent penalty.

Saints were level when Liam Craig found Graham Cummins with a corner, and his towering header found the net.

Substitute Simon Lappin lobbed Luis Zwick for a dramatic winner.

St Johnstone followed up their impressive 3-1 League Cup win at Rangers in midweek by making it seven home games against United unbeaten.

Defeat leaves the visitors with five points from their opening nine games, 12 points fewer than at this stage last season, but they only have themselves to blame having squandered both the lead and a numerical advantage.

It was St Johnstone who set the pace in the opening 10 minutes - Michael O'Halloran getting free on the right to fire in a powerful cross which just evaded Cummins.

The first save of match came when Adam Taggart pounced at the edge of the six-yard box, but Mannus dealt with it.

The goalkeeper's next involvement was his last.

Simon Lappin (left) celebrates his goal with fellow scorer Graham Cummins
Simon Lappin (left) celebrates his goal with fellow scorer Graham Cummins

Tam Scobbie was short with a back header into the box and could only watch as McKay reached the ball first. Mannus bundled over the United striker and referee Bobby Madden correctly pointed to the spot and brought out the red card.

O'Halloran was withdrawn to allow the introduction of substitute goalkeeper Clark, whose first act on his St Johnstone debut was to face the penalty, which McKay drilled home.

The home fans voiced their disapproval at the red card, but they would have been satisfied by the endeavour shown by their 10 men, who ended the first half the stronger side and began the second in the same way.

Cummins looked the most likely goalscorer for Saints, and he duly pulled them level by heading home Craig's corner after Clark saved superbly from John Souttar.

Saints surged forward in the belief they could score another, and substitute Lappin cleverly lobbed Zwick to give them the winner their play merited.

United responded after falling behind, but their renewed urgency failed to bring an equaliser.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1MannusBooked at 23mins
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 2Mackay
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24Easton
  • 7MillarSubstituted forWotherspoonat 67'minutes
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 43mins
  • 26CraigBooked at 87mins
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forClarkat 24'minutes
  • 9MacLeanBooked at 47minsSubstituted forLappinat 77'minutes
  • 18Cummins

Substitutes

  • 4Lappin
  • 6Anderson
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 22Fisher
  • 25Kane

Dundee Utd

  • 51Zwick
  • 12McGowan
  • 5Morris
  • 17DurnanBooked at 57mins
  • 2Dillon
  • 4SouttarSubstituted forConnollyat 74'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 20Spittal
  • 22FraserBooked at 37minsSubstituted forDowat 58'minutes
  • 29TaggartSubstituted forBilateat 58'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 14Dow
  • 16Telfer
  • 18Connolly
  • 19Bilate
  • 21Szromnik
  • 28Donaldson
  • 30Bodul
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,634

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Mario Bilate (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aidan Connolly (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David Wotherspoon.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Booking

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Dundee United 1. Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Cummins.

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

Attempt missed. Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Simon Lappin replaces Steven MacLean.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Connolly replaces John Souttar.

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Tam Scobbie.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by John Rankin.

Attempt blocked. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David Wotherspoon replaces Chris Millar because of an injury.

Foul by David Mackay (St. Johnstone).

Mario Bilate (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tam Scobbie (St. Johnstone).

Mario Bilate (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 1, Dundee United 1. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Craig with a cross following a set piece situation.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Attempt missed. Mario Bilate (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Mario Bilate replaces Adam Taggart.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Ryan Dow replaces Scott Fraser.

Booking

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen98011651124
2Celtic96212381520
3Hearts95131613316
4Hamilton95131310316
5Ross County94321510515
6Dundee93331417-312
7St Johnstone93241616011
8Inverness CT9243911-210
9Motherwell9315711-410
10Kilmarnock9225919-108
11Dundee Utd9126917-85
12Partick Thistle9036313-103
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