Houston warning for St Mirren

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Dundee United manager Peter Houston praised St Mirren for shaking up the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title race by beating Rangers on Saturday, but warned Danny Lennon's men his team are in confident mood ahead of Wednesday's trip to Paisley.

In the last eight games, United's two losses have come against Celtic and Rangers, while in their previous three matches - a draw at Kilmarnock sandwiched by wins over Inverness and Hibernian - Houston's men have responded from deficits to gain points.

Sixth-placed United are level on points with St Mirren entering the match and Houston is well aware of what lies in store for his side. He said: "It was a great result for St Mirren, whether Rangers have got 10 men, nine men or whatever. To beat Rangers is a good achievement."

Houston added: "They've got guys in the middle of the park who can score goals - young (Paul) McGowan, (Kenny) McLean, (Graham) Carey's very dangerous from set-plays. Then they've got (Nigel) Hasselbaink, (Steven) Thompson and (Aaron) Mooy, who are scoring goals.

"All over the pitch they've got players who are capable of being a threat and that's something we've need to look after tomorrow (Wednesday) night in what's going to be a difficult fixture away from home.

"The boys are buzzing. They're looking forward to tomorrow night but we don't take anything for granted because it's a team who will overtake us if we don't get something from the match. We've got ourselves up the table a wee bit and our aim is to try and at least stay there."

United beat Hibs 3-1 at Tannadice on Saturday, Johnny Russell's 59th-minute strike cancelling out Leigh Griffiths' opener for the visitors before a Jon Daly double earned Houston's men all three points. Houston hopes United will not have to react to going behind in future.

He added: "It's three games on the trot we've come from behind and got something from the game.

"We're the third highest scorers with 28 goals. We're scoring goals and we are creating chances - I still think we can do a bit better defensively because we're giving some goals away that I think we should be doing better with.

"Sometimes you've just got to say we're unlucky. I cannot fault the players. I'm pleased with them just now and it's important we start winning home matches."

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