0 - 0
0 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Michael O'Neill for Allan Preston (45)
Miodrag Krivokapić for Freddy van der Hoorn (81)
|Paul Chalmers for Mark McWalter (84)|
Roddie Manley (53)
Billy Davies (56)
Jim Duncan (Gorebridge) (Referee)
A disappointing result, particularly as we missed a first half penally and lost the services of Allan Preston through injury just before half-time. Early exchanges were relatively even, but we had a great chance to go ahead after a 14th minute penalty award for hand-ball. Unfortunately Fridge got a hand to Kevin Gallacher's penalty kick and the ball was scrambled to safety. On the half hour mark Kevin Gallacher went through wide on the right but Fridge managed to deflect Kevin's shot into the side netting. Towards half-time Saints came more into the picture and went close to scoring when Weir's free-kick was headed narrowly past by Torfarson. On the stroke of half-time Allan Preston was carried off with a knee injury.
Early in the second half Walker directed a powerful header wide of the post, but from then on it was a case of United dominance, but that vital spark in front of goal was missing and Saints defended doggedly. The tempo of our attacks increased as the half progressed. Fridge saved a Gary McGinnis long range shot; Maurice Malpas saw his drive deflected for a corner; and Fridge touched a dipping shot from Peter Hinds over the bar, but Saints survived to take a point, the only consolation being that this was an improvement on the last visit by Saints when their 4-1 win matched our worst ever Premier home defeat.
|Billy Thomson (GK)||31||8||-||221||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||25||11||2||11||2|
|Miodrag Krivokapić (sub)||30||4||-||35||1|
|Michael O'Neill (sub)||20||8||3||8||3|
No league table has been added for this season.
Our 2-0 victory over Glentoran on Wednesday saw us safely through to the next round of the U.E.F.A. Cup which is obviously very satisfying. There were definitely a lot of plus factors about the manner of our win, though there were also some not so good points. We certainly got a lot more width into our play and the number of crosses we got over was certainly more than in any other game this season. I am old fashioned enough to believe that positive wing play and good crosses will always bring you goals. That brings us to the aspect of our play in midweek which wasn't so good. We really should have scored more goals and finishing remains an area where there is still room for improvement. This season has been a very difficult one for the players, and equally for the supporters to accept the number of changes in the side.
There is no doubt the blend still isn't quite right, though, with the exception of the match with Hearts at Tynecastte last Saturday, the last few games have seen an improvement. Results elsewhere in Europe, sadly, saw Scotland's representation in the three European trophies cut from five to two with only Hibs and ourselves going into yesterday's U.E.F.A. Cup draw. Today we meet St. Mirren in what is bound to be a very difficult game. We must work exceptionally hard, particularly when they have possession. Saints may be bottom of the League, but they have beaten both Rangers and Celtic this season and that alone means they must command our total respect.