The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
The disappointment of the previous Saturday's performance at Tynecastle saw manager Jim McLean ring the changes. Out went Billy McKinlay, Darren Jackson and Paddy Connolly to be replaced by Ray McKinnon, Dave Bowman and Hamish French. With Saints very much in contention for a European place and only four points separating the two sides and Saints having two games in hand over us, a United victory was essential. All the early running was made by the men in Tangenne, Jim Mclnally just failed to apply the finishing touch to a flick on from Duncan Ferguson and then a John Clark shot was blocked by his former colleague Harry Curran. Midway through the half Saints started to come back into the game and in the 25th minute it took a double save by Alan Main to keep the home side at bay. He fisted out a cross and then brilliantly held a first time Cherry drive which emerged through a ruck of players. Grant and Turner both had efforts which were well off target, but the same could not be said about Alan Moore's effort two minutes from the interval. He hammered in a 25 yard drive, which Alan Main tipped over the bar at full stretch. As in the first half we began the second half on top. Duncan Ferguson showed his battling qualities to get in a shot which wasn't so far away. A minute later John O'Neil sped to the bye-line but Duncan Ferguson and Ray McKinnon got in a tangle and failed to capitalise on the cut back. St. Johnstone threatened briefly when a Moore cross landed on the top of the cross-bar and then Harry Curran shot just past. We quickly retaliated when Dave Bowman sent John O'Neil away down the right and Duncan Ferguson got his head to an inch perfect cross only to see the ball come back off the inside of the post. Twenty minutes into the second half Jim McInally knocked the ball back into Freddy Van Der Hoorn's path and only a flying save by Hamilton kept out his raking 30 yarder. At the other end Alan Main tipped over a Davis shot. but a minute later we took the lead. The ball was played down the left where Hamish French escaped the attentions of Treanor and Baltacha. He then drew Hamilton and side-footed it past him and despite Cherry's attempted clearance, the ball went in just inside the post. Five minutes later we could easily have extended our lead, but Hamilton came out to narrow the angle and keep out John O'Neil's shot after the youngster had made a break down the right wing. So the trend for United and Saints to win their away matches in these Tayside derbies continued with all three encounters having ended in an away success.