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|Kenny McLean (39)||
Stuart Armstrong (43)
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Seán Dillon .2
Conor Townsend .3
Keith Watson .12
Jarosław Fojut .5
John Rankin .8
Chris Erskine .17
Stuart Armstrong .10
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
Nadir Çiftçi .7
Michal Szromnik .26
Aidan Connolly .22
Blair Spittal .24
Charlie Telfer .21
Calum Butcher .20
Ryan Dow .18
Henri Anier .30
|Lewis McLear for Isaac Osbourne (67)||
Henri Anier for Chris Erskine (63)
Charlie Telfer for John Rankin (63)
|Marc McAusland (76)||
Jarosław Fojut (25)
Paul Paton (85)
John Beaton (Referee)
With the previous game with Inverness postponed, this was United's third match in a row away from home. Unbeaten in 2015, United were keen to maintain this run but St Mirren's formed had picked up recently suggesting a close encounter.
St Mirren started brightly and almost scored after five minutes when a short Watson back pass let McLean in, but quick reactions from Cierzniak prevented the loss of a goal. Mallan then shot over as St Mirren enjoyed some early pressure. United's first goal attempt came in 10 minutes, when Armstrong found space to shoot but it was straight at Ridgers. United had the ball in the net after 15 minutes, when Ciftci nudged Goodwin and slotted the ball past Ridgers. Unfortunately for United, referee Beaton judged that Goodwin had been fouled. Then in 39 minutes, following a United corner, St Mirren quickly broke from defence to take the lead. Kenny McLean flicked the ball over Townsend before guiding past Cierzniak with a left footed volley. United hit back immediately. Mackay-Steven fed Ciftci wide on the right and his cut back cross found Stuart Armstrong who carefully steered home past Ridgers.
The second half began in scrappy fashion with neither teams taking a grip of the game. United threatened in the 62nd minute when Mackay-Steven played in Townsend, but he shot narrowly wide. United made a double substitution on 65 minutes with Anier making his United debut for Erskine and Telfer replacing Rankin. St Mirren pressed as the game edge towards full time and claimed for a penalty when a shot struck Townsend. It looked like St Mirren may be the team to snatch the game until on 90 minutes when a pinpoint Armstrong cross found Ciftci who rose well to meet the cross but headed narrowly over.
“Was the speculation surrounding a few of the players an issue? I hope not. That's something I can't answer. But I thought the ones who have had speculation about their futures, especially Armstrong, was our best player tonight. He got the goal but more than that, his running, his awareness, his tracking back - the little thing that people have questioned in the past - show me he is learning and that he is a fantastic talent. GMS (Mackay-Steven) as well in certain bits of the game. There's been speculation over them and Nadir too. He didn't have his best of games and I thought he should have scored at least one goal, but over the whole I don't think we can use the excuse of speculation."
“Another poor midweek away performance. Probably one of the poorest games of the season. St Mirren probably edged it in the second half and we can count ourselves lucky to be escaping without a loss. Hard to fathom how this team can produce such Jeckyl and Hyde performances. The sooner we forget about being league title challengers, the less painful dropping points in these types of games will be.”
Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page
|Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)||31||25||-||116||-|
|Charlie Telfer (sub)||19||10||2||10||2|
|Henri Anier (sub)||24||1||-||1||-|
No league table has been added for this season.