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Jon Daly (83)
Dušan Perniš .1
Keith Watson .27
Paul Dixon .23
Seán Dillon .2
Garry Kenneth .18
Andy Webster .3
Craig Conway .6
Danny Swanson .14
Morgaro Gomis .16
Jon Daly .9
David Goodwillie .25
Steve Banks .13
Darren Dods .5
Jennison Myrie-Williams .7
Prince Buaben .15
Fran Sandaza .11
Kevin Smith .22
Danny Cadamarteri .10
Collin Samuel for Cillian Sheridan (67)
Gavin Swankie for Liam Craig (85)
Darren Dods for Andy Webster (56)
Danny Cadamarteri for David Goodwillie (67)
Prince Buaben for Danny Swanson (75)
Michael Duberry (26)
Kenny Deuchar (90)
Morgaro Gomis (75)
Steve Conroy (Referee)
A Jon Daly header with seven minutes left was enough to hand United all three points in a tense Tayside derby at McDiarmid Park. The hosts could argue that they had chances to win the game and that United had keeper Dusan Pernis to thank for a penalty save from Liam Craig mid-way through the second half. But in typical fashion, the Terrors never gave up and finished well in command after Daly’s breakthrough.
United made the short trip to Perth on the back of a fine 4-2 win against Hibs and there was only one change to their starting line up. Prince Buaben had picked up an injury and he started on the bench and was replaced by Paul Dixon who returned after his recent suspension. The large United support was also boosted by the news that Danny Cadamarteri was back amongst the substitutes after three months out through injury. After their fantastic 4-1 thumping of Rangers, St Johnstone were, unsurprisingly, unchanged for the game.
With both teams in fine goal scoring form it was the hosts who started the brighter and early on they had a shot from Morais that just missed the target and then Craig tested Pernis from 20 yards but the big Slovakian tipped over. On the quarter hour mark United had arguably the best chance of the half when a Dixon free kick landed at the feet of Andy Webster who saw his low shot from 12 yards well saved by Smith. As the half progressed it was St Johnstone who looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Firstly Jody Morris had a free shot in the box that he fired well wide and then shortly after Sheridan was well set up by Grainger but the Saints forward shot was well saved by Pernis.
United looked brighter at the start of the second period and twice in the space of six minutes Daly found himself in goal scoring positions. The home side then had a good chance through Duberry but he shot over and then Craig did the same from the edge of the penalty area. With 20 minutes remaining the game really sparked to life. McKay went down in the box after a challenge from Dixon. The resulting penalty was taken by Liam Craig but Pernis made a great save to deny the Saints top goals corer. With eight minutes remaining, United grabbed the three points. Buaben and Gomis combined with the latter picking out Daly who from eight yards out powered a header past Graeme Smith.
|Dušan Perniš (GK)||25||18||-||18||-|
|Darren Dods (sub)||34||29||1||92||6|
|Prince Buaben (sub)||21||36||3||91||8|
|Danny Cadamarteri (sub)||30||19||4||19||4|
No league table has been added for this season.