0 - 0
Dušan Perniš .1
Paul Dixon .3
Seán Dillon .2
Timothy van der Meulen .21
Keith Watson .23
Craig Conway .6
Prince Buaben .15
David Robertson .12
Scott Robertson .8
David Goodwillie .25
Johnny Russell .27
Steve Banks .13
Barry Douglas .17
Stuart Armstrong .43
Danny Swanson .14
Morgaro Gomis .16
Andis Shala .20
Ryan Dow .30
Steve May for Cleveland Taylor (56)
Peter MacDonald for Jamie Adams (79)
Andy Jackson for Collin Samuel (89)
Danny Swanson for Craig Conway (73)
Morgaro Gomis for Prince Buaben (81)
Jamie Adams (70)
Michael Duberry (83)
David Goodwillie (54)
Keith Watson (90)
John McKendrick (Referee)
A battling display saw United play out a goalless draw to earn a point against St Johnstone. In a game of few chances, neither side looked like scoring and both will have been content with the result. The difficult playing surface meant there was little in the way of flowing football or goalmouth incident for the travelling Arabs to cheer, but they will have gone home pleased with the effort shown by Peter Houston's men. The United manager made a couple of changes to the side that started the previous game at Hearts. Timothy van der Meulen made his first start in place of the injured Garry Kenneth, while Barry Douglas made way for Craig Conway. St Johnstone manager Derek Mclnnes was also forced into changes. Sam Parkin had broken a foot in training, so fit-again former United striker Collin Samuel returned to the starting eleven and led Saints' attack.
The Tayside derby began in typical derby fashion with players on both sides snapping into early tackles as they tried to stamp their authority on the game, but with neither able to get a foot on the ball. The first near-miss of the game came with just three minutes on the clock. A low in-swinging Conway cross was met by David Robertson, who managed to get a toe to the ball, only to see his deft touch creep just wide of the post. The best chance of the opening half, which turned out to be United's best of the match, came after 20 minutes when a comer kick was worked all the way back to Duon in the left back position. He played a cross-field pass on to the head of David Robertson, who headed the ball back across the sbc-yard box to the on-running Johnny Russell, whose goal-bound efforttwas brilliantly saved by Saints keeper Peter Enckelman. With half an hour gone, a throw-in broke to Scott Robertson at the edge of the box, but as the defence opened up in front of him, the bobbly pitch played its part and the stand-in captain took a heavy touch and the chance was wasted. United made an encouraging start to the second half, with Sean Dillon meeting a Conway cross, only to send his header off target.
The home side's first real sight of goal came five minutes into the second half. A Dave Mackay cross was cleared only as far as Murray Davidson at the edge of the box. He volleyed goalwards, only to be denied by a brilliant save by Pernis, diving to his left and parrying the ball to safety. Saints came closest to breaking the deadlock minutes later, when a cross from the right back Mackay was tipped away by Pemis but only into the path of Liam Craig, whose volley was goalbound. However, Scott Robertson made a timely intervention, sliding in to clear the ball off the line and over the bar. From the resulting corner. United broke clear down the left through Goodwillie who cut inside and unleashed a powerful 25-yard drive, only to see Enckelman turn it round the post. Houston threw on Gomis and Swanson as the Terrors chased all three points and it almost paid off in injury time when a good move saw United carve out one last chance only for Swanson's curling effort to be well saved by Enckelman.
Man of the Match: Despite a lack of service, David Goodwillie always looked menacing on the few occasions he got hold of the ball in the final third and worked hard to try to create space and chances for himself on what was a difficult night.
|Dušan Perniš (GK)||26||29||-||54||-|
|Timothy van der Meulen||20||2||-||2||-|
|Morgaro Gomis (sub)||25||28||1||166||7|
|Danny Swanson (sub)||24||10||-||97||7|
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