St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is pleased his team have established themselves in the SPL top six again as the turn of the year approaches.
“Our good run continued with the win over Inverness Caley Thistle and we have now opened up a small gap between ourselves in sixth place and Dundee in seventh,” he said.
“Now we look forward to a Tayside derby at home to Dundee United on Saturday.”
Brian Graham is ineligible to play in this game due to being on loan from United. And he has now been cited for diving to win the penalty against Caley Thistle which gave Saints victory. The club has until later today to contest the offer of a two-game ban. Chris Millar and James McFadden are injury doubts.
However, long-term injured duo Steven MacLean and Tom Scobbie have returned to full training. Tommy went on: “Steven is the more likely to make a return to playing first. He is ahead of schedule.”
It’s possible MacLean could be included in the squad to face Dundee United.
The win over Caley Thistle was Saints’ seventh without defeat in the league and cup, their last loss coming away to Rangers in the League Cup.
Speaking about the Caley Thistle victory, Tommy went on: “We set out with a plan to try to limit a very good Caley Thistle side.
“We knew that at times they would enjoy possession as they are a good passing side. However, our defensive shape and discipline were excellent and they had very few chances.
“We finished the first half strongly, creating some decent opportunities, and started the second half in a similar vein with more control of the game in an attacking sense.
“But for a magnificent save from Dean Brill from Dave Mackay’s free-kick we could have taken the lead earlier.
“However, we went on to record another win with a good team performance.”