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Unfair challenge on Mark Millar by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Murray Davidson goes into the referee's book. Mark Millar goes into the book. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Inswinging corner taken by Mehdi Abeid from the left by-line, Liam Craig finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. St Johnstone 1-1 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from Mehdi Abeid.
Mehdi Abeid takes a shot.
Effort on goal by Steven MacLean from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Effort from inside the area by Gwion Edwards misses to the right of the target.
Nigel Hasselbaink fouled by Sean Dillon, the ref awards a free kick. Mehdi Abeid replaces Thomas Scobbie. David MacKay takes the free kick.
David MacKay challenges Ryan Dow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
David MacKay crosses the ball, John Souttar makes a clearance.
Stuart Armstrong receives a red card for second bookable offence. Gwion Edwards comes on in place of Rowan Vine.
Stuart Armstrong fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Liam Craig a yellow card. John Souttar restarts play with the free kick.
Richie Ryan is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Gauld. Michael Gardyne goes off and Ryan Dow comes on. John Souttar replaces Brian McLean.
Corner taken right-footed by Rowan Vine from the left by-line, Murray Davidson has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Barry Douglas fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Thomas Scobbie, save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Douglas, clearance by Thomas Scobbie.
Frazer Wright challenges Willo Flood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, clearance made by Mark Millar.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
The ball is delivered by Michael Gardyne, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
Steven MacLean takes a shot. Blocked by Brian McLean.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Nigel Hasselbaink coming on for Gregory Tade.
Steven MacLean takes a shot. Save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak. Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Keith Watson makes a clearance.
Murray Davidson has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jon Daly is caught offside. Alan Mannus takes the indirect free kick.
Shot on goal by Stuart Armstrong from just inside the area goes over the target.
Chris Millar takes a shot. Save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Michael Gardyne results in a free kick. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Gardyne by Chris Millar. Michael Gardyne restarts play with the free kick.
Gregory Tade has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Ryan Gauld. Willo Flood takes the free kick.
Michael Gardyne produces a cross, clearance by Steven Anderson.
The referee blows for offside. Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the free kick.
Keith Watson delivers the ball, save by Alan Mannus.
Rowan Vine sends in a cross, blocked by Barry Douglas. Rowan Vine decides to take the corner short.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Brian McLean gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Rowan Vine by Mark Millar results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Liam Craig.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Stuart Armstrong. Liam Craig fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Chris Millar challenges Michael Gardyne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mark Millar.
Unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by Jon Daly results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Millar.
Shot from just outside the box by Rowan Vine goes over the crossbar.
Jon Daly concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Anderson. Frazer Wright takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Rowan Vine.
Inswinging corner taken by Rowan Vine from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Douglas by Steven MacLean. Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Armstrong on Murray Davidson. Alan Mannus takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Gauld by Thomas Scobbie. Willo Flood takes the free kick.
Willo Flood challenges Gregory Tade unfairly and gives away a free kick. David MacKay shoots direct from the free kick.
A goal is scored by Ryan Gauld from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Dundee Utd.Mark Millar provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Willo Flood. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.
David MacKay crosses the ball, Radoslaw Cierzniak makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Barry Douglas, Liam Craig manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood from the left by-line, Thomas Scobbie manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Murray Davidson has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Ryan Gauld produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Stuart Armstrong challenges Gregory Tade unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Armstrong is booked. David MacKay takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Barry Douglas. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
Keith Watson produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven MacLean by Stuart Armstrong. Free kick taken by Steven MacLean.
Craig looks for fine finish
St Johnstone need just a point against Dundee United to book their top six place but midfielder Liam Craig is determined to finish the season with a bang.
Fifth-placed Saints would put themselves out of reach of all of the bottom six including United by avoiding defeat in the Tayside derby at McDiarmid Park.
Consecutive top-six finishes would represent an excellent achievement for Steve Lomas' side, especially given that they would ensure finishes above clubs with the biggest spending power outside the Old Firm such as Hearts, Hibernian and Aberdeen.
But Craig is not content with that alone. St Johnstone set up a Europa League clash with Eskisehirspor last year by finishing fifth but they ended the season in unspectacular fashion and Craig wants to leave the club on a high before he joins Hibernian.
The 26-year-old said: "When you look at it, you wouldn't have expected that top six to be there with two games to go before the split.
"But this year has been tight and we're delighted to put ourselves in a position to make the top six again, especially after the start we made.
"We always knew we had the quality in the team and over the season so far, it has proved right.
"There are seven games left now and we don't want to stumble into the top six - we want to get there with two wins and give ourselves a chance of climbing the table.
"We want to make sure we go in there positive and make a better account of ourselves."
Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara admits he does not mind how his side get the three points in Perth as long as they defeat their hosts.
The Tangerines are facing crunch time as they chase a top-six slot with games against Saints at McDiarmid Park before hosting Aberdeen at Tannadice this weekend.
McNamara knows the importance of securing a top-half finish for the Scottish Cup semi-finalists so will not mind if they win ugly on this occasion.
McNamara said: "We always try to play good football.
"But when it gets down to this stage of the season it can be more about the result than the performance at the end of the day.
"I know the players can dig deep to win even if they're not at their best.
"That's a side of their game they've shown since I came in so they may have to do that again.
"St Johnstone are a big, strong side so we will obviously have to match them in that respect.
"It's going to be a very hard game but we'll be ready for it and hopefully come away with a positive result."
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