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

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
Brian Welsh
Jamie McQuilken
Maurice Malpas
Rab Shannon
Steven Pressley
Grant Johnson
Jim Bett
Craig Brewster
Owen Coyle
Robbie Winters

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

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

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
Ally Maxwell (GK)30 20 - 20 -
Brian Welsh26 12 - 15912
Jamie McQuilken21 3 - 3 -
Maurice Malpas33 20268424
Rab Shannon29 24 - 24 -
Steven Pressley22 221221
Grant Johnson23 174739
Jim Bett36 162162
Craig Brewster28 1378935
Owen Coyle29 103103
Robbie Winters21 225357
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. DUNDEE UTD 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

League results since United's last match
5th December 1995
9th December 1995
Dumbarton0-0St Mirren
St Johnstone0-0Dundee Utd