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Goal scored by David Robertson from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-0 St Johnstone.Assist by David Goodwillie.
Paul Dixon challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger produces a cross, Murray Davidson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Kevin Moon, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Jon Daly coming on for Craig Conway. David Robertson replaces Morgaro Gomis.
Foul by Graham Gartland on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded. Craig Conway takes the direct free kick, David Goodwillie produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Jordan Robertson coming on for Daniele Invincibile.
Scott Robertson comes on in place of Daniel Swanson.
Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Swanson. Free kick crossed by Craig Conway, save by Graeme Smith.
David Goodwillie is caught offside. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Daniel Swanson sends in a cross.
Short corner worked by Daniel Grainger.
Effort from the edge of the box by Johnny Russell goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Paul Dixon concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Millar. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right wing, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Craig Conway, Garry Kenneth challenges Graeme Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson by Daniele Invincibile. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.
Long range effort from Collin Samuel misses to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, clearance by Collin Samuel.
Murray Davidson fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
Johnny Russell finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 St Johnstone.Michael Duberry receives a yellow card. Prince Buaben provided the assist for the goal. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, clearance made by Garry Kenneth. Corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
Daniel Swanson takes a shot.
Centre by Paul Dixon, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Johnny Russell misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, Michael Duberry makes a clearance.
Daniel Swanson booked. Daniel Swanson challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Paul Dixon.
Corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
Foul by Kevin Moon on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Craig Conway crosses the ball in from the free kick, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.
Chris Millar goes into the book. Chris Millar concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Dixon. A cross is delivered by Paul Dixon, Garry Kenneth has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Murray Davidson takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Grainger.
Booking for Scott Severin for unsporting behaviour. Collin Samuel fouled by Scott Severin, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance.
Garry Kenneth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Shot on goal comes in from Daniel Grainger from the free kick, save by Dusan Pernis. Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Prince Buaben manages to make a clearance.
Graham Gartland comes on in place of Peter MacDonald.
Corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line, save by Graeme Smith.
The referee sends off Steven Anderson for second bookable offence. Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Swanson. Direct free kick taken by Craig Conway. Inswinging corner taken by Craig Conway.
Foul by Daniel Swanson on Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Conway.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Anderson on Daniel Swanson. Free kick crossed by Paul Dixon, save by Graeme Smith.
Craig Conway challenges Alan Maybury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Paul Dixon from right wing, save by Graeme Smith.
The referee shows Steven Anderson a yellow card. Foul by Steven Anderson on Daniel Swanson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Conway. Effort on goal by Prince Buaben from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Houston wary of Saints threat
Dundee United boss Peter Houston insists he has paid no attention to St Johnstone's poor scoring record ahead of Saturday`s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash.
The McDiarmid Park side have struggled to find the net all season and have not scored since youngster Stevie May did so twice against Hamilton on February 1.
That is almost 800 minutes of football but Houston, whose team are desperate to fend off Kilmarnock and secure fourth place in the Premier League, is concentrating totally on what his team can do.
Despite losing to Motherwell in midweek he was pleased with their performance and wants a similar showing this weekend.
With Saints gearing up for their Scottish Cup semi-final against Motherwell next weekend Houston, knows Derek McInnes will have his players fired up to secure their places in the team at Hampden.
He said: "St Johnstone are never easy opponents. It is a derby match and they have a semi-final coming up so will be looking to get a boost ahead of that.
"They have caused us problems before and their defensive record this season is excellent.
"I don't know much about their scoring record but that's not something we are concerning ourselves with.
"We will focus on our own game.
"I have been happy with the chances we have been creating so it is set up for two teams having a go at each other.
"We didn't get the result we were looking for against Motherwell in midweek but I was happy with the performance."
United are without Keith Watson, who has picked up a calf strain, and with the likes of Garry Kenneth and Scott Severin back again Houston will not risk the youngster.
Watson has excelled this season after being missing with a long-term injury in recent years and has grown into one of the Tangerines' top performers.
Houston's players have had a hectic schedule over the past few months but he insists he can see no signs of fatigue setting in.
He added: "Keith Watson is out because he's strained his calf and we won't risk him.
"We have Garry Kenneth, Scott Severin and Mihael Kovacevic all back so we can afford to let him rest.
"He's done brilliantly for us this season. This has really been his first year of playing regularly and he's stepped up to the challenge.
"I have been thrilled with him this year, just like I have with the rest of them.
"We might freshen things up again after Wednesday but I don't see many weary legs in the squad at the moment."
St Johnstone have doubts over Dave MacKay and goalkeeper Peter Enckelman ahead of the encounter.
Mackay is a slight concern with a hamstring injury, while Enckelman has a knee problem.
Graham Gartland (groin), Steven Anderson (knee) and Collin Samuel (hip) are all back in the squad.
Terrors claim derby honours
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes was sent to the stand as Dundee United edged a bad-tempered Tayside derby 2-0 to remain on course for a fourth-place finish in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Referee Mike Tumilty harshly sent off visiting defender Steven Anderson after 15 minutes and then banished McInnes from the touchline after he remonstrated with assistant referee Keith Sorbie in the aftermath of Johnny Russell's controversial opener - claiming the United player had scored from an offside position.
Sorbie had an eventful afternoon. It was his intervention that convinced Tumilty to give Anderson a second yellow card for an apparent foul on Swanson. It seemed clear to everyone inside Tannadice that the United winger had gone down easily and television replays backed this up.
St Johnstone performed admirably with 10 men but David Robertson's late second sealed the win for United and allowed them to move five points ahead of Kilmarnock in the race to finish fourth.
The visitors' winless run in the league has extended to nine games and they face leaders Celtic on Tuesday night before Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Motherwell.
McInnes shuffled his squad in a bid to keep his players fresh ahead of next week's Hampden date. Graeme Smith, Steven Anderson, Peter MacDonald and Collin Samuel all started at Tannadice, with Peter Enckelman, Dave Mackay, Liam Craig and Jordan Robertson dropping out.
United manager Peter Houston made three changes following the 2-1 loss at Motherwell on Wednesday night. Scott Robertson, David Robertson and Keith Watson dropped out, with Prince Buaben, Danny Swanson and Garry Kenneth returned. It was Kenneth's first start since February 19 against Hearts.
St Johnstone defender Anderson was booked in 55 seconds for a crude lunge on Swanson. Prince Buaben blazed the free-kick high over the bar. Craig Conway then fizzed a cross into the box but Saints goalkeeper Smith punched clear under pressure from David Goodwillie.
Anderson was walking a tightrope and sent Swanson sprawling again with another bad tackle in eight minutes. It could easily have been a second yellow card, but referee Tumilty let the defender off.
However, Anderson would not last much longer, with the defender being sent off in 15 minutes. Again, he was penalised for a challenge on Swanson but there was no contact at all as the United winger threw himself to the ground.
Tumilty did not immediately give the foul but assistant referee Keith Sorbie flagged and action was taken against Anderson. McInnes ran 40 yards down the track to protest at the decision.
Peter MacDonald was replaced by Graham Gartland as St Johnstone were initially rocked by the loss Anderson but rallied and Danny Grainger's curling 25-yard free-kick was tipped over by Dusan Pernis.
The home goalkeeper was kept busy and he pulled off another superb save from Murray Davidson in 26 minutes after the midfielder found a yard of space and arrowed a low shot towards the bottom corner.
United were subdued but Swanson nipped in ahead of Michael Duberry to connect with Craig Conway's cross and force an instinctive save from St Johnstone goalkeeper Smith.
On the stroke of half-time Russell fired United ahead. Swanson's shot was deflected into his path by David Goodwillie and Russell rounded Smith to score.
The visiting players complained Russell was offside and manager McInnes was sent to the stand by referee Tumilty after taking the protests too far.
Danny Invincibile was trying to support Samuel as much as possible and he caused a scare in the United box when his bouncing shot was spilled by Pernis. Scott Severin cleared the danger.
Goodwillie showed wonderful skill in 65 minutes to spin away from Duberry and create space for Russell, but his low shot skidded wide.
Jordan Robertson replaced Invincible in 77 minutes and his cross almost picked out Chris Millar at the back post as they chased an equaliser.
Goodwillie was United's main threat in the second half and he teed up substitute David Robertson for the clincher in 85 minutes, racing to the byline and picking out the midfielder for a simple eight-yard finish.
Saints' Robertson could have halved the deficit in the closing stages but Dillon's superb saving tackle denied a certain goal. Pernis then saved superbly from Davidson in injury-time.
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