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Hasney Aljofree (63)
Graeme Jones (12)
Keigan Parker (24)
1. Alan Combe
32. David McCracken
14. Hasney Aljofree
5. Jason De Vos
2. John McQuillan
11. Neil Heaney
24. Jamie Buchan
7. Craig Easton
4. David Hannah
19. Steven Thompson
9. Alex Mathie
22. Pat Onstad
27. Tony Smith
21. David Partridge
26. Hugh Davidson
6. Joachim Fernandez
David Partridge for Craig Easton (29)
Hugh Davidson for Alex Mathie (55)
Tony Smith for John McQuillan (73)
Mark McCulloch for Michael O'Neill (73)
Craig Russell for Tommy Løvenkrands (89)
Hasney Aljofree (21)
Steven Thompson (68)
Graeme Jones (71)
Michael O'Neill (73)
Dougie McDonald (Referee)
Last week's goalscorer Jim Paterson was missing for United after suffering a training ground injury during the week. Still without a win this season it was another important home match against their Tayside rivals.
After an early scare when Darren Dods failed to connect properly with a header in 3 minutes the hosts asserted some pressure and came close at the other end. Alex Mathie struck the post with a close range header after Steven Thompson had set up the chance. The early season trend of losing early goals however struck again as the Tangerines went behind in the 12th minute. Tommy Lovenkgrands fed Graeme Jones who ran through the heart of the defence, easily slotting past Alan Combe. It was still end to end stuff as United looked to respond whilst leaving themselves open to chances at the back. Unfortunately for the hosts their eagerness to get forward led to the sucker punch from St Johnstone on 24 minutes. Kiegan Parker shrugged off a challenge from David McCracken inside the area before shooting home from around 12 yards. Alex Mathie had an opportunity to reduce the deficit in 33 minutes, but after patient build-up play from United he could only skim a header out for a goal kick following a Jason De Vos cross. Despite these flurries in front of goal it was the visitors who were attacking at will and in the end United were happy to get to half time and re group without conceding further.
United couldn't create much in the early part of the second period and instead had to defend a succession of St Johnstone corners. In 63 minutes however hope was restored as the home side reduced the deficit. The ball broke to David Hannah at the edge of the box who struck a first time shot into a crowded penalty box. Hasney Aljofree was alert and directed the ball past Alan Main from close in. This hope was almost extinguished straight away when a minute later St Johnstone rattled a shot off the underside of the crossbar. United pushed forward again and nearly grabbed an equaliser 5 minutes from time when Aljofree flighted in a ball to the back post. Neil Heaney stretched but failed to reach the ball and the chance was lost. It was to prove as close as they could come to earning a point as the wait for a first win continued.
|Alan Combe (GK)||26||4||-||57||-|
|Jason De Vos||26||4||-||75||2|
|Tony Smith (sub)||26||1||-||10||-|
|David Partridge (sub)||21||2||-||40||-|
|Hugh Davidson (sub)||20||1||-||30||1|
* - Table split into two divisions of six.
It was great to be back in the dug-out again last week. well certainly when Jim Paterson scored that late equaliser. Although we almost got off to a perfect start with an excellent first minute move,it was Motherwell,playing very well in spells during the first half who got their noses in front.However,their cause was helped by the fact that we sat too deep and,being honest,our use of the ball from the back wasn't too clever.Even before the end of the first half, bringing David Hannah inside made a big difference as we at last began to get a grip on proceedings in the middle of the park. However,we didn't start the second half well,but when Craig Easton came on and Jamie Buchan was switched,the hard work in that area seemed to lift the crowd who got right behind the team.That marked a change in attitude and tempo of our play.Steven Thompson and Jim Paterson worked well down in the bottom corner and the introduction of Stef McConalogue's quality and pace up front began to disrupt the visitor's defence.Although Neil Heaney made a slow start following a good move down the right,he put over the cross from which Jim Paterson headed the equaliser.The only thing which did disappoint me after we equalised was that instead of us picking up the pace even further and going in search of a winner,it was Motherwell who almost came back with a couple of half chances and sneak a winner.Fortunately, that didn't come to pass and the fact that we came from behind to earn a draw is obviously a source of encouragement as well as sending the fans home in a happy frame of mind.Although there was no tangible reward from the Celtic match,there was again evidence that there is a bit of character in the side as they came back to draw level at one stage.That is something which we must see more of because buckling down and standing up under pressure is the way in which we'll turn games in our favour as we did against Motherwell,even if in the end,we didn't manage a victory. As you'll know,we are working extremely hard to bring in a new striker.Unfortunately,there is nothing concrete at the moment,but we want him to be of good quality and one that will excite the fans.This afternoon we face St Johnstone who, under Sandy Clark and Billy Kirkwood,are a well run club and a solid side.They have good and experienced players in vital areas and by doing well at Ibrox on the opening day of the season and opening up a two goal lead against Hearts as well as coming back to take a point at East End Park highlighted that we face another difficult match this afternoon.But we know that it is high time that we picked up full points from a home game and we'll be pulling out all the stops to achieve just that!