Date: 23rd April 2012 at 12:29pm
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Dundee United manager Peter Houston is doing his level best not to focus too much on a possible Champions League qualifying place after his charges moved ever-closer to Motherwell.

The Tangerines shook-off the challenge of local rivals St Johnstone at the weekend before Motherwell went down to a home defeat against champions Celtic just over twenty-four hours later.

It leaves United only three points short of third place in the table, which could effectively become second in terms of European qualification due to Rangers’ unlikely eligibility.

“It’d be nice but I’m not even thinking about it,” Houston told BBC Scotland. “We know if we win the last four, we could be in a Champions League spot.”

Houston was naturally delighted with the 2-0 triumph at McDiarmid Park, in which Scott Robertson and John Rankin were both on target and former striker Francisco Sandaza sent-off.

“We could’ve lost a couple of early goals because we didn’t start as well as them,” he added. “We got a good goal and we could’ve scored more in the first half. We certainly took the game to St Johnstone.

“I don’t think the sending off helped us much because we stopped passing the ball as well and became a bit jittery. But, great credit to the defence, they held firm.”

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