Houston targets Dundee Utd for second place

Dundee United boss Peter Houston has ambitions of displacing Celtic from second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after their 1-0 win at St Johnstone.

Dundee United boss Peter Houston has ambitions of displacing Celtic from second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after their 1-0 win at St Johnstone.

Jon Daly struck seven minutes from time with a powerful header as in-form United moved five points behind the Hoops.

"We are eight points clear (in third place) now. Yes, you look behind us, but you also look forward as well," he said.

"We'll have a wee pop at it, see what happens, take each game as it comes."

Daly was the goal hero but Tannadice goalkeeper Dusan Pernis also proved influential after the Slovak saved Liam Craig's 70th-minute penalty.

"I'm delighted with the three points. I knew it would be a hard-fought match," Houston added.

"I felt we coped quite well with what they had to throw at us. I thought defensively we were magnificent.

"We always thought St Johnstone would have a spell on top, it came in the second half, but our goalkeeper has given us a lift with the penalty save.

"We went up the park and put the ball in with a great goal from Jon Daly after the cross from Morgaro Gomis.

"I thought we merited the win."

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