Dundee United made it three cinch Premiership wins in a row with a slender 2-1 victory over Motherwell at Tannadice.
The house facet opened the scoring within the first half via defender Ryan Edwards, with Motherwell equalising after the break due to a Tony Watt penalty.
Nonetheless, United secured all three factors as Charlie Mulgrew notched what proved to be the profitable aim.
The end result leaves United in third place within the desk however on the identical quantity of factors as each league leaders Hearts and Rangers in second.
The sport kicked off late at 3.15 after the Motherwell staff bus was delayed on account of a visitors accident.
Nonetheless, the Steelmen carved out a gap in simply the primary minute.
Watt delivered a cross into the United field from the left in the direction of Sean Goss however his shot was nicely saved by dwelling goalkeeper Benji Siegrist, diving to his proper.
Then, within the nineteenth minute, Motherwell had an enormous let-off when Bevis Mugabi misplaced possession, permitting United’s Ilmari Niskanen to run via on aim, however the winger took the ball too vast and his shot was blocked.
Nonetheless, a powerful piece of high quality from Mulgrew lastly helped break the impasse within the thirty fifth minute.
The previous Scotland star beat a Motherwell defender out on the wing earlier than delivering a deep right-footed cross to the again publish, along with his centre-half companion Edwards powering a header dwelling to attain for the second recreation in succession.
Motherwell had one other alternative simply seven minutes after the restart as striker Kevin Van Veen hit a shot from a decent angle that Siegrist turned away for a nook.
United then produced an attention grabbing passing transfer that ended with Niskanen sending a curling effort simply vast from the left-hand facet of the Motherwell field.
Siegrist needed to look full of life within the 67th minute to show a deflected Callum Slattery shot spherical his publish for a nook, with the United keeper then making an excellent higher save to maintain out a Mugabi header.
Nonetheless, Siegrist’s good work was undone shortly after within the seventieth minute when the keeper got here to clear however took out Watt within the air with referee Kevin Clancy awarding a penalty.
Watt dusted himself down and despatched the Swiss keeper the unsuitable method from the spot.
Simply eight minutes later, although, the Steelmen fell behind once more as they didn’t defend a deep Dylan Levitt free-kick, with Mulgrew reacting quickest to acrobatically stab the ball dwelling previous Liam Kelly to safe one other three factors for the Tangerines.
Dundee United journey to Livingston, whereas Motherwell entertain St Mirren, with each Scottish Premiership video games kicking off at 7.45pm on Wednesday.