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Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig, The referee shows Paul Dixon a yellow card. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Milos Lacny grabs a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 1-5 Dundee Utd.
Paul Dixon produces a cross, Jon Daly grabs a headed goal from inside the area. St Johnstone 1-4 Dundee Utd.Assist by Paul Dixon.
Marcus Haber fouled by Johnny Russell, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Russell is given a yellow card. Free kick taken by David MacKay. Milos Lacny replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, save by Dusan Pernis.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Robbie Neilson. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jody Morris on Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded. A cross is delivered by Paul Dixon, Johnny Russell finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. St Johnstone 1-3 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from Paul Dixon.
Richie Ryan replaces Stuart Armstrong.
David Robertson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Millar.
Jon Daly has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is delivered by Chris Millar, Marcus Haber takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Corner taken by Liam Craig.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, Sean Dillon concedes a free kick for a foul on David McCracken. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Johnny Russell, blocked by Steven Anderson.
Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by David MacKay results in a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick. Lee Croft leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Haber.
Centre by Callum Davidson, Gary Mackay-Steven makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Lee Croft by Gary Mackay-Steven results in a free kick. Cross/shot by Liam Craig.
Scott Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Sandaza. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from right channel, save by Dusan Pernis.
Corner from the right by-line taken by John Rankin, Header from deep inside the area by Gavin Gunning goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by John Rankin results in a free kick. Liam Craig sends in a cross, Steven Anderson grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-2 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from Liam Craig.
Stuart Armstrong takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is crossed by Gary Mackay-Steven. An own goal is scored by Callum Davidson. St Johnstone 0-2 Dundee Utd.
Stuart Armstrong takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Francisco Sandaza concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Gunning. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Robbie Neilson fouled by Jody Morris, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Dixon delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing. The referee blows for offside against Jon Daly. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gavin Gunning misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by Chris Millar. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick. Caution for Chris Millar.
Chris Millar concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon, Gavin Gunning has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Chris Millar. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Jody Morris sends in a cross, Shot from deep inside the area by Francisco Sandaza goes over the bar.
David MacKay fouled by Jon Daly, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
The referee books Lee Croft for unsporting behaviour.
Jody Morris fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
Centre by Stuart Armstrong, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Dusan Pernis fouled by Cillian Sheridan, the ref awards a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Jon Daly, David McCracken manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Lee Croft from the right by-line. Sean Dillon on for Garry Kenneth.
Jon Daly fouled by David McCracken, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Paul Dixon. An own goal is scored by Steven Anderson. St Johnstone 0-1 Dundee Utd.
Unfair challenge on Peter Enckelman by Jon Daly results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line.
Foul by Steven Anderson on Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning, Header from deep inside the area by Jody Morris goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Stuart Armstrong. Outswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Gavin Gunning. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David McCracken.
Scott Robertson is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by Callum Davidson.
The ball is sent over by Chris Millar. Lee Croft delivers the ball, Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Craig, save by Dusan Pernis. Save by Dusan Pernis. The assistant referee signals for offside against Cillian Sheridan. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
Callum Davidson has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the net.
Foul by Steven Anderson on Jon Daly, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robbie Neilson.
Liam Craig is ruled offside. Garry Kenneth crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half.
Foul by Scott Robertson on Francisco Sandaza, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from left channel.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jon Daly. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Gavin Gunning challenges Francisco Sandaza unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig.
Chris Millar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by John Rankin results in a free kick. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Paul Dixon.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Croft from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Robbie Neilson.
Lomas ready for buoyant United
St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is bracing himself for the visit of a Dundee United side still soaring with confidence following their win over Rangers.
United stunned Ally McCoist's men when they dumped them from the William Hill Scottish Cup last weekend thanks a convincing 2-0 win at Ibrox.
And Lomas believes the display in Glasgow acts as a warning as to just how difficult a task his own side face in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash.
He said: "We are looking forward to it, it's going to be a tough game.
"United got a great result at Rangers so we know they are going to be tough opposition.
"They've got some good players so we are going to have to produce similar to the second half performance we put in against Hearts last week over the course of 90 minutes.
"Hopefully we can get something. We are fully focused on this game.
"We know they are going to be buoyant after a great performance against Rangers and we are going to have to combat that."
The previous two meetings between the clubs this season have ended in draws and Lomas predicts another close encounter.
He said: "I think it will be a tight affair. Dundee United are probably one of the better teams we have watched this season.
"I've seen them a couple of times and they are very well-organised and have a good work ethic about them."
Saints are still sweating over the fitness of Murray Davidson ahead of the meeting at McDiarmid Park after he was forced out of last week's cup tie against Hearts with an ankle injury.
Lomas said: "He's 50-50 at the moment. Murray has been brilliant since I've been here so we will have a look at him tomorrow (Saturday)."
Dundee United manager Peter Houston is confident St Johnstone's raft of former Tangerines stars will not influence the outcome of their encounter.
The likes of Fran Sandaza, David Robertson and David McCracken worked with Houston at United before switching to the Saints, so will know something about his tactics and approach.
However, Houston insists away days at McDiarmid Park are a tough task in their own right, and does not place any importance on coming face to face with former players.
"I don't think that St Johnstone having a few ex-United players makes a difference," said Houston, whose side currently lies eight points behind the Saints.
"It is a derby match so there is always going to be a bit of spice in the game regardless.
"David McCracken was here when I first came to the club with Craig Levein. He moved on because he wasn't a first-team regular at Dundee United but he went to England and did well.
"He's come back to St Johnstone and has been a regular there. He is a smashing boy, his attitude was excellent when he was here."
United playmaker Danny Swanson will again miss out with a knee problem but Robbie Neilson will feature.
Five-star Terrors stun Saints
A calamitous pair of own goals from St Johnstone and an incredible three goals in the final seven minutes gave Dundee United a stunning 5-1 victory in an action-packed Clydesdale Bank Premier League Tayside derby.
Saints dominated much of the first half at McDiarmid Park but found themselves a goal behind at half-time after Steven Anderson had bundled into his own net following a dreadful blunder by keeper Peter Enckelman.
A second own goal on the hour mark, from Callum Davidson, doubled United's lead before Anderson made amends for his unfortunate strike by pulling a goal back.
However, headers from Johnny Russell and Jon Daly ensured the Tannadice side would finish comfortable victors, and Enckelman produced another howler in injury time as his attempted clearance struck team-mate Dave Mackay to allow substitute Milos Lacny to roll a fifth into the unguarded net.
St Johnstone opened in determined fashion and earned themselves a corner after just 45 seconds, but could not make anything of the first of a host of set-pieces in the opening stages.
Davidson was just inches away from giving the home side the breakthrough with a right-foot shot in the 17th minute after getting the break of the ball on the edge of the area.
Paul Dixon was vital for the visitors as he booted clear from just three yards out as Lee Croft looked to turn in a cut-back from the energetic Chris Millar.
The left-back then played a key role in an opening goal 10 minutes from the interval.
Dixon flighted in a free-kick from just inside the home half that should not have caused any problems.
But Enckelman missed his punch and the ball was diverted into his own net by the unlucky Anderson.
Three minutes from half-time St Johnstone appealed for a penalty as Croft went down in the box.
However, the winger looked to have anticipated the challenge from Dusan Pernis as he beat the United keeper to the ball and was instead shown a yellow card by referee Iain Brines.
As the interval neared, a flurry of action saw Liam Craig go down in the box, Francisco Sandaza sky his shot over and Enckelman save from Scott Robertson.
Both sides pressed for the crucial second goal within seconds of the restart.
First, Anderson looked to make amends for his own goal but could not get enough on his volley from 16 yards.
Seconds later, Gavin Gunning's header from Gary Mackay-Steven's corner dropped onto the roof of the net.
Having dominated the majority of the first half, Saints were second best now and they saw United double their lead with a second own goal.
Mackay-Steven burst clear down the visitors' left and, when he hammered a low centre across the face of the goal, Davidson, with Russell breathing down his neck, could only turn the ball into his own net.
United were now firing on all cylinders and Enckelman pulled off a superb save to keep out Stuart Armstrong's shot after another great run and centre from Mackay-Steven.
Just as the visitors looked like running away with the game, Saints pulled a goal back.
Craig sent in an inswinging free-kick and, as the United defence stood like statues, Anderson sneaked in to bundle in from close range.
The Tannadice side were unruffled, though, and Gunning came close to a third when he hit the top of the crossbar with yet another header from a Mackay-Steven corner.
And they earned themselves breathing space six minutes from time when Dixon curled in a great free-kick from the left and Russell looped a magnificent header over Enckelman's despairing dive.
Dixon was the provider just a minute from time as Daly rubbed salt in Saints' wounds with a thumping header from the full-back's superb cross.
And, to make matters worse, Enckelman got into another mess dealing with a through ball, hitting his clearance off Mackay, to give United substitute Lacny the easiest of chances for number five.
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