St Johnstone 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (First Division)


St Johnstone 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (First Division)
Saturday, December 9th, 1995
McDiarmid Park. Att. 5,966
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Paul Sturrock Billy Kirkwood

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Paul Cherry
Allan Preston
Atilla Sekerlioglu
Jim Weir
Kevin McGowne
Phil Scott
John O'Neil
Kevin Twaddle
George O'Boyle
Leigh Jenkinson
Ally Maxwell
Jamie McQuilken
Steven Pressley
Maurice Malpas
Brian Welsh
Rab Shannon
Jim Bett
Grant Johnson
Owen Coyle
Craig Brewster
Robbie Winters

Bench
Danny Griffin
Gary Farquhar
Ian Ferguson
Christian Dailly
Andy McLaren
Gary McSwegan

Substitutions
None. Gary McSwegan for Owen Coyle (55)
Andy McLaren for Robbie Winters (60)
Christian Dailly for Craig Brewster (87)

Cautions
Kevin McGowne (65) Craig Brewster (48)
Grant Johnson (77)
Maurice Malpas (85)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Martin Clark (Edinburgh) (Referee)



Match Report


Despite fielding the same team which had taken eight off Dumbarton, there was never any likelihood of a repeat of that scoring spree against a sprightly Saints. In fact, one of the most disappointing features of the match, from a tangerine viewpoint, was the low number of chances United created.

United were impressive enough in the opening stages, but the first real chance of the game fell to Kevin Twaddle who fired over after making an unhindered run in the inside-right channel. However, within a minute Jamie McQuilken responded with a powerful run inside from the left before hitting a shot which was deflected for a corner. It was even-steven during the middle portion of the first half, but Ally Maxwell had to look lively in the 25th minute to hang on to a McGowne free-kick after it had taken a deflection.

United had to defend in depth after Jenkinson's inswinging corner came back off the bar. United's best move of the half and indeed the whole match came minutes from the interval when Craig Brewster, Rab Shannon and Grant Johnson combined to set up the midfielder with an opening, but Alan Main kept out the shot with his legs.

So it was parity at the interval, but that would have changed nine minutes into the second half, but for a marvellous save by Ally Maxwell from Twaddle's header whose follow up effort was blocked. Attila Sekerligolu, Saints new Austrian midfielder had a chance to make his mark but headed over from a good position as Saints pushed hard for a winner in the latter stages. It was not to be though and United emerged with a point which was enough to enable them to leap-frog Dundee in the table on goal difference, but meant they trailed Dunfermline and Morton after the top pair both won.

CLUB COMMENT - "We didn't do enough to deserve full points and a draw was about the right result" - BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER.



Squad Statistics (as at December 9th, 1995)


1995-96 All Time
Age
Ally Maxwell (GK)30 20 - 20 -
Maurice Malpas33 20268424
Steven Pressley22 221221
Jamie McQuilken21 3 - 3 -
Brian Welsh26 12 - 15912
Rab Shannon29 24 - 24 -
Grant Johnson23 174739
Jim Bett36 162162
Robbie Winters21 225357
Owen Coyle29 103103
Craig Brewster28 1378935
Christian Dailly (sub)22 20115819
Andy McLaren (sub)22 2121026
Gary McSwegan (sub)25 113113






League Table (as at December 9th, 1995)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 17 11 1 5 +18 34
2. Morton 17 10 3 4 +16 33
3. United 17 9 4 4 +13 31
4. Dundee 17 8 7 2 +10 31
5. Airdrie 16 6 5 5 +1 23
6. St Johnstone 17 6 5 6 0 23
7. Clydebank 16 6 5 5 -3 23
8. St Mirren 17 3 7 7 -8 16
9. Dumbarton 17 3 2 12 -27 11
10. Hamilton 17 1 3 13 -20 6