Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday May 4 2013
Sat 4th May 3pm
Dundee United suffered a third straight league defeat after Liam Craig scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for St Johnstone in the Tayside derby.
Craig was on the end of a cross from Gregory Tade seven minutes before the break to mark a first victory for his side at Tannadice in well over a decade. United were undefeated in their thirteen previous meetings against their neighbours.
Home midfielder Stuart Armstrong drove narrowly over from Michael Gardyne's pass before Gary Mackay-Steven and Jon Daly also threatened.
But the visitors were claiming a penalty when Rowan Vine's cross appeared to strike the arm of Brian McLean inside his own area.
Early substitute Paddy Cregg then almost set-up Steven MacLean until Craig collected from Tade and sidefooted beyond Radoslaw Cierzniak for what proved the winner.
However, Sean Dillon struck a 20-yard reply inches wide before the break while recovered leading scorer Johnny Russell and Rory Boulding entered the action soon after it.
Saints could still have extended their lead when Vine's low cross almost crept in at the far post before Tade went close from Murray Davidson's corner.
Goalkeeper Cierzniak then superbly fended away MacLean's ten-yard angled volley and Tade hoisted over from the rebound.
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Dillon, McLean, Souttar, Johnston (Russell 56), Flood, M. Millar (Gauld 69), Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Daly, Gardyne (Boulding 56)
subs (unused): Anderson, Rankin, Spark, Dow
St Johnstone: Mannus, MacKay, Wright, Anderson, Scobbie, C. Millar (Cregg 8), Davidson, Craig (Doughty 90), Tade, MacLean, Vine (Hasselbaink 77)
subs (unused): Tuffey, Miller, Caddis, Edwards
Goals: Craig (38)
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Date:Saturday May 4 2013
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