St Johnstone 0 - 0 Dundee Utd

League - SPL
Saturday, September 1st, 2012, 3:00 PM at McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 5,014
Referee: Willie Collum
St Johnstone Dundee Utd

None. None.

Team Managers
Steve Lomas Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Alan Mannus
Gary Miller
Dave MacKay
Patrick Cregg
Frazer Wright
Steven Anderson
Murray Davidson
Peter Pawlett
Grégory Tadé
Rowan Vine
Liam Craig
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Barry Douglas
Seán Dillon
Gavin Gunning
Keith Watson
Willo Flood
Richie Ryan
John Rankin
Stuart Armstrong
Jon Daly
Johnny Russell

Jonathan Tuffey
Nigel Hasselbaink
Kevin Moon
David McCracken
Jamie Adams
Liam Caddis
Gareth Rodger
Steve Banks
Brian McLean
Willie Robertson
Mark Millar
Michael Gardyne
Ryan Gauld
Ryan Dow

Nigel Hasselbaink for Peter Pawlett (69)
Jamie Adams for Patrick Cregg (83)
Brian McLean for Keith Watson (26)
Ryan Dow for Richie Ryan (57)
Michael Gardyne for Jon Daly (57)

None. John Rankin (84)
Seán Dillon (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK) 6 apps -
Barry Douglas 48 apps3 goals
Keith Watson 76 apps4 goals
Gavin Gunning 41 apps4 goals
Seán Dillon 202 apps3 goals
Willo Flood 113 apps3 goals
Stuart Armstrong 45 apps2 goals
John Rankin 51 apps5 goals
Richie Ryan 21 apps -
Jon Daly 165 apps60 goals
Johnny Russell 89 apps28 goals
Brian McLean (sub) 4 apps -
Michael Gardyne (sub) 5 apps1 goal
Ryan Dow (sub) 17 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Armstrong (20 years 160 days)
Oldest Player:Jon Daly (29 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 256 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ryan Gauld (16 years 264 days)
Oldest Player:Steve Banks (40 years 215 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 190 days
Domestic Players:9 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United boss Peter Houston made just one change from last week’s defeat at Rugby Park, Stuart Armstrong replacing the injured Gary Mackay-Steven. Saints also made just one switch from their 2-0 loss against Hibs the previous weekend, Peter Pawlett making his first appearance in Steve Lomas’ starting eleven following his loan move from Aberdeen, with striker Nigel Hasselbaink making way.

John Rankin was responsible for the afternoon’s first attempt on goal, finding space to try his luck 30 yards from goal in the second minute, but his trademark ‘squiggler’ went comfortably wide of Saints’ keeper Alan Mannus’ right-hand post. While the sun made infrequent cameos, conditions weren’t ideal for silky football, with a persistent autumnal gust doing its best to spoil the occasion for the purists. Despite this both teams were trying to keep the ball on the grass, and United in particular were playing some neat, easy on the eye stuff. 11 minutes in, the Terrors almost took the lead, and in some style. Jon Daly and Johnny Russell played some scintillating possession football on the edge of the St Johnstone penalty area, before freeing Willo Flood on the right. The Irishman composed himself before firing a fierce drive that had the United fans behind Mannus’ goal on their feet before the ball flew agonisingly wide. Keith Watson was forced to withdraw from the action midway through the first half, the full-back having sustained an injury during a committed challenge with Murray Davidson ten minutes earlier, with Brian McLean introduced from the bench. The home side appeared in determined mood following a poor start to the season, but their endeavour and graft was being rewarded with little in the way of goal-scoring opportunities, their strikers, perhaps understandably, edgy and reticent in the United penalty area. Not until Pawlett drove in on goal and tested Cierzniak with a stinging drive was the United goalkeeper genuinely tested. Shortly after Stuart Armstrong responded in kind with a sensational individual run, skinning Gary Miller on the flank with a fabulous dummy, before his low shot was parried wide for a corner. Seven minutes before the break Liam Craig almost put the home side in front with a fizzing cross-come-shot from the right, the United rearguard beguiled and relieved to see the ball spin wide of Cierzniak’s right-hand post.

The second half resumed as the first half had finished, with the action bogged down in midfield, and both sides cancelling each other out. Peter Houston seemed to be of the same opinion, using his two remaining substitutions to introduce Ryan Dow and Michael Gardyne for Richie Ryan and Jon Daly just 11 minutes after the interval. It was a bold move by Houston, but a necessary one, with United now operating with more width and attacking potential in the forward areas, and the game opened up somewhat as a result. But it was the home side making more impact on goal, and Tade found room in the United box in the 66th minute, swivelling to fire at Cierzniak, but the striker’s shot flew well over the bar. If the first half was bereft of chances, there are no words to describe the paucity of goalmouth action in the second half, neither keeper forced to make a save until, somewhat incredibly, the 81st minute, when Cierzniak blocked substitute Hasselbaink’s shot from just inside the box. From the resulting rebound Vine tried his luck from 25 yards but his shot travelled stratospheres above the United crossbar. Four minutes later, Liam Craig tried to break the deadlock from a free-kick 25 yards out, but again the shot went high and wide as the big United support behind the goal offered some light relief with an ironic cheer, the last incident of note before the referee called time.

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