Pars secure top six spot
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Former Rangers ace Barry Nicholson fired the home side in front after 33 minutes and Scottish international Stevie Crawford wrapped up the win with the second in the 52nd minute.
Aberdeen consolidated their place in third spot with a hard-fought goalless draw with Livingston at Almondvale.
The Dons had to fight for the point after Darren Young was sent-off after 33 minutes for a second bookable offence, but the ten men managed to hold on for a share of the spoils.
Hibernian further boosted their survival hopes with a narrow 2-1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.
Frenchman Frederic Arpinon opened the scoring for the visitors after 38 minutes and Garry O'Connor doubled the lead in the 73rd minute.
Steven Thompspn celebrated his call-up to the Scotland squad with a goal for United after 77 minutes, but Hibs held on for all three points.
Bottom of the table St Johnstone recorded only their fifth win of the season with a superb 3-1 success at Hearts.
Danish star Tommy Lovenkrands grabbed his first goals of the season with a brace (21, 31).
John Paul McBride netted a third eight minutes later to put the visitors in firm control.
Gary Wales pulled one back for the home side five minutes after the break, but Saints held on for the win which keeps alive their slim hopes of survival.
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