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Kearney focused on completing great escape with improved Buddies

 

By Andy Newport

St Mirren boss Oran Kearney has warned play-off rivals Dundee United his side have definitely improved since their last meeting.

The Buddies got the result they were looking for against United's city rivals Dundee, a 3-2 win, but it was not enough to spare them from finishing second bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Hamilton's 2-0 win over St Johnstone means the Paisley outfit now face a two-game clash with Robbie Neilson's Tangerines next week to save their top-flight status.

United will take confidence from the fact they dumped Kearney's side out of the William Hill Scottish Cup back in February at the Simple Digital Arena.

But since then, Saints have lost just three games and their boss - who has been heavily linked with a return to Coleraine this summer - believes they now have the vital momentum after registering a six-game unbeaten streak.

Kearney, whose side will be back in Dundee for Thursday's first leg, said: "United are a good side. They put us out of the Scottish Cup earlier in the season and they have a huge amount to play for.

"Its been well documented where they want to go to and how they want to do it.

"We know with everything at stake it's going to be the way it's been for the last few weeks, high-pressure games, and we've got to let dust settle over the weekend and then pick it up on Monday and go for one last charge.

"But I know we are a better side than when we last played them."

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