18.05.2014 02:30 h

Football: Wright proud of St Johnstone's maiden title

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright said winning the Scottish Cup was the pinnacle of his career following his side's 2-0 defeat of Dundee United in Saturday's final.

Steven Anderson and Steven MacLean grabbed the goals as St Johnstone claimed the first major trophy of the club's 130-year history with victory at Celtic Park.

It caps a remarkable first season in charge for Northern Irishman Wright, who also led the McDiarmid Park side to famous Europa League away wins over Rosenborg and FC Minsk as well as a League Cup semi-final.

"This means everything in terms of my career but more importantly it will mean a lot more to lots more people - the supporters, the players and chairman Steve Brown and his family who have put so much into this club," a jubilant Wright, who played for Newcastle, Manchester City and Northern Ireland, said.

"For us to win the Scottish Cup - our first major trophy - words can't describe how I feel about it all because it's so special for so many people.

"This is the pinnacle of my career. It's special for me but I'm sure there are a lot more people out there that it possible means even more to."

While teams like Aberdeen and Saturday's opponents Dundee United have been singled for praise for some of their impressive performances this season, St Johnstone have gone about their business quietly.

But Wright insisted his side, who defeated League Cup winners Aberdeen in the semi-final, always had the belief that they could finally end a 130-year hoodoo by winning the Scottish Cup in their first final appearance.

"We quite like being under the radar because it means we can get on with the job," Wright said.

"I did feel that with the squad we assembled in the summer, and especially after our European games, that we would be a difficult side to beat in one-off games and could potentially be a good cup side which has proved to be the case both in the League Cup and Scottish Cup.

"There was a belief that this could be our year. You have to play well and you have to have a bit of lady luck on your side and if you put that in with belief I think it is a good recipe for success.

"I think that's been the case all season. For us to maintain a place in the top six, win two away games in Europe, make the semi-final of the League Cup and now Scottish Cup winners it's not just about the 11 on the pitch but the whole squad."

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara could not hide his disappointment at falling at the final hurdle in his first full season in charge.

"Today just wasn't our day. We tried to break them down in the second half but it just wouldn't go in for us," said McNamara of the 1994 and 2010 winners.

"At times it was a bit stop start but I think you have to congratulate St Johnstone on their victory. Tommy has had a fantastic season and his players have done him proud."