St Johnstone 3 - 1 Aberdeen

Match info: Scottish Premier at McDiarmid Park

Date: 30/01/2013 KO: 19:30 Ref: Steven Mclean Att: 2,167

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

St J'stone

Gregory Tade 33
Rowan Vine 68
Dave Mackay 70



Niall McGinn 44

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: January 30 2013, 22:39 GMT

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas was delighted to see his side find their "ruthless" edge in a 3-1 victory over Aberdeen.

Gregory Tade celebrates his goal
Gregory Tade celebrates his goal

Two goals in three minutes, from Rowan Vine and Dave Mackay, made the difference midway through the second half as Saints leapfrogged Aberdeen into fifth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Gregory Tade had opened the scoring with his second one-on-one in two minutes but Niall McGinn levelled for the Dons just before the break.

Lomas said: "It was a great win and well deserved. The lads responded very well and I thought it was a comfortable win.

"Gregory did so well with the opener because he had just missed a chance. He could have been forgiven for snatching at the second chance but he was very composed.

"We looked pretty comfortable but then a little slip from Callum (Davidson) and (Josh) Magennis got past him and they got a goal just before half-time.

"That could have caused a problem psychologically but the boys stuck to their task.

"Michael Doughty came on when they were having too much of the ball and freshened it up.

"To get two goals in two minutes was brilliant and we could have got more.

"It has been our Achilles heel all season but in key periods we were ruthless in front of goal."

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown could not explain his side's poor defending.

A poor touch from Isaac Osbourne set up Tade for the opener and Vine scored after Jamie Langfield failed to collect a corner, with two Aberdeen players unable to head to safety.

Davidson then capitalised on some hesitancy before Steven MacLean cut back for Mackay to net.

Brown said: "It was a poor performance. How we can go from being excellent at the weekend to playing poorly in the last period of the game was unaccountable.

"Each goal was a gift. The first goal we conceded was alarmingly softly but St Johnstone took their chances."

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