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McDiarmid Park (ATT 2,415) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

St J'stone St Johnstone vs Inverness CT Inverness

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Scottish Premiership: Inverness Caley maintain their European hopes with a win over St Johnstone

Last Updated: 22/02/14 7:15pm

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Gary Warren of Inverness scores the only goal at McDiarmid Park

Gary Warren of Inverness scores the only goal at McDiarmid Park

Inverness Caley held out to earn a 1-0 victory over St Johnstone and maintain their hopes of clinching a place in Europe next season.

Gary Warren scored the decisive goal three minutes before the break at McDiarmid Park to settle a lively encounter.

The breakthrough came when Warren climbed above the St Johnstone defenders to head home from close-range after Richie Foran flicked on a David Raven centre.

In a lively opening in Perth Warren should have given the visitors the lead with an early header before St Johnstone stopper Alan Mannus made a good save the keep out a Billy McKay shot.

At the other end Stevie May drifted into space inside the penalty area but could only head the ball straight at Dean Brill from a David Wotherspoon cross.

And the Caley Thistle keeper produced an even better save as he got across to turn away a curling shot from Nigel Hasselbaink after the striker swivelled and dispatched an excellent effort.

May then combined with Hasselbaink but this time the Dutchman shot straight at Brill from inside the box.

Saints missed a glorious chance to level when Brill saved a drive from Wotherspoon and with the keeper on the deck Hasselbaink nodded the rebound wide from three yards.

Brill was again called into action to deal with a May drive from 30 yards as St Johnstone pushed for an equaliser but they could not make the breakthrough.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 33 88
2 Aberdeen 34 64
3 Motherwell 33 60
4 Dundee United 33 54
5 Inverness CT 34 53
6 St Johnstone 33 48
7 Hibernian 33 34
8 Kilmarnock 33 33
9 Ross County 33 31
10 St Mirren 33 31
11 Partick Thistle 33 30
12 Hearts 33 13