Scottish Premiership
Dundee Utd1St Johnstone2

Scottish Premiership: Dundee United 1-2 St Johnstone

Davidson bundled home the winner from close range
Davidson bundled home the winner from close range

St Johnstone came from behind against Dundee United to register their sixth straight away win in all competitions.

United - who are now six points adrift at the bottom - started well and took a deserved lead when Billy McKay headed home after some fine build-up play.

Chris Kane's header drew Saints level, and they took the lead when Murray Davidson scored from close range.

Steven MacLean missed a second-half penalty, but Saints held on for a fourth straight Premiership victory.

Dundee United began with a new look 3-4-2-1 formation, with wing-backs Ryan McGowan and Paul Dixon pushing high up the pitch.

McGowan fired a shot just wide in the fourth minute, while Gavin Gunning almost marked his return to Tannadice with a goal but his free-kick from 25 yards flew inches wide.

A squiggler from John Rankin, parried wide by the St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus, got the home crowd voicing their approval.

They were off their seats soon after when some excellent play from United resulted in McGowan crossing for McKay,who nodded the home side in front.

St Johnstone almost equalised immediately, but Dave Mackay's free-kick came back off a post.

Charlie Telfer then almost extended United's lead, but Mannus saved well.

But St Johnstone would equalise with a venomous header from Chris Kane from a David Wotherspoon corner.

And just before half-time Davidson put Saints in front. Joe Shaughnessy somehow managed to miss with the goal at his mercy from a Michael O'Halloran cross, but the ball rebounded back to Davidson to squeeze home.

MacLean blazed a penalty high over the bar
MacLean blazed a penalty high over the bar

The major talking point at the start of the second-half was an incident that saw McGowan go down under a challenge from Steven Anderson in the box. Referee Craig Thomson booked the Australian international for diving, despite his vigorous complaints to the contrary.

Thomson would point to the spot down at the other end when Rankin pulled down Kane. However, MacLean blazed the penalty high over the bar.

Dixon had a deflected effort which went just over the bar, and Blair Spittal had a 20-yard pile driver saved by Mannus, as St Johnstone held on for the three points to strengthen their grip on fourth place.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 21Szromnik
  • 12McGowanBooked at 52mins
  • 17Durnan
  • 19Gunning
  • 20Spittal
  • 2Dillon
  • 4Souttar
  • 3Dixon
  • 16TelferSubstituted forFraserat 58'minutes
  • 8RankinBooked at 64mins
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 15Murray
  • 22Fraser
  • 24Spark
  • 25Kuhl
  • 28Donaldson
  • 40Robson
  • 51Zwick

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 6Anderson
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 24Easton
  • 7MillarBooked at 69mins
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 83mins
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 14minsSubstituted forCaddisat 50'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 29O'HalloranBooked at 62mins
  • 9MacLean
  • 25KaneSubstituted forSuttonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 16Caddis
  • 22Fisher
  • 27Thomson
  • 31Hurst
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
7,020

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Liam Caddis (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Brian Easton.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David Mackay.

Foul by Blair Spittal (Dundee United).

Liam Caddis (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Billy McKay (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Dundee United).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

Attempt blocked. Paul Dixon (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt blocked. John Souttar (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. John Sutton replaces Christopher Kane.

Booking

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

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Caddis (St. Johnstone).

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Chris Millar (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Millar (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic15113138112736
2Hearts1593327151230
3Aberdeen149142116528
4St Johnstone158253123826
5Ross County156362219321
6Dundee154742124-319
7Hamilton145361820-218
8Inverness CT154561619-317
9Kilmarnock154471524-916
10Partick Thistle153571221-914
11Motherwell154291121-1014
12Dundee Utd1522111130-198
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