St Mirren 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)

St Mirren 

0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
St Mirren Park. Att. 4,333
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Johnny Russell (pen.) (69)

Team Managers
Danny Lennon Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Craig Samson
David van Zanten
Paul Dummett
Lee Mair
Marc McAusland
Jim Goodwin
Dougie Imrie
Jon Robertson
Graham Carey
Steven Thompson
Lewis Guy
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Gavin Gunning .5
Seán Dillon .2
Keith Watson .12
Mark Millar .14
John Rankin .8
Willo Flood .6
Michael Gardyne .15
Stuart Armstrong .16
Jon Daly .9
Johnny Russell .7

Chris Smith
David Barron
Gary Teale
Sam Parkin
Thomas Reilly
John McGinn
Steve Banks .13
Brian McLean .4
Barry Douglas .3
Richie Ryan .10
Rudi Skácel .51
Ryan Dow .18
Dale Hilson .23

Sam Parkin for Lewis Guy (72)
Gary Teale for Jon Robertson (80)
Thomas Reilly for Dougie Imrie (85)
Rudi Skácel for Michael Gardyne (65)
Richie Ryan for Mark Millar (65)
Ryan Dow for Stuart Armstrong (81)

Steven Thompson (69) Mark Millar (65)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Euan Norris (Referee)

Match Report

Houston stuck with the same line-up that put in an encouraging performance against Aberdeen in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Tannadice, meaning skipper Jon Daly again took his place in the heart of the defence alongside Sean Dillon, the loyal club servant who this week signed an extension to his contract.

United dominated possession in the early stages, playing a lot of tidy passing movements around the midfield without actually managing to breach the St Mirren defence. But for all the enterprising play, it was a quarter of an hour before Mark Millar became the first player to test Craig Samson, still smarting from conceding five goals against Celtic last week, when his 20 yard effort had to be saved at the second attempt. St Mirren then threatened for the first time, when Gavin Gunning had to come to the rescue to play the ball out for a corner following a bit of uncertainty in the heart of United’s defence, then the resultant Graham Carey cross was headed narrowly behind the post by Lee Mair. With just about 25 minutes on the clock, and both teams still struggling to break through each others’ defence, Jim Goodwin – something of a spectacular goal specialist – found the ball fall for him kindly and tried to lob in a 30-yard effort that dipped just over Rado Cierzniak’s goal. As half time neared, Keith Watson showed some good skill on the right to battle past his marker then drive in an effort from a tight angle that Samson had to hold well.

After a second half that had started in a similar vein to the first, United very nearly broke the deadlock. The lively Millar went down under a challenge from Goodwin, then Willo Flood swung in a free kick that Gunning headed off the bar. As St Mirren tried to clear the rebound, Gunning managed to stab in another effort that spun past the post. Set-pieces appeared to be St Mirren’s main chance of a goal and Cierzniak had to be alert to fist away a dangerous Armstrong corner. Mark Millar became the first player to go into the book, as he was late in a challenge with Dougie Imrie. He then left the field to be replaced by Richie Ryan, and Rudi Skacel came on to a rousing reception from the 573 United fans, in place of Michael Gardyne. A defensive mix-up nearly gifted the home side the lead, as Watson blasted a clearance off Guy that had to be desperately collected by Cierzniak. Midway through the half, United took advantage of a horrendous mistake to take the lead. A Flood corner was headed across goal by Gunning and Lee Mair inexcusably handled when it appeared just as easy to clear his lines. Johnny Russell stepped up to take the penalty and calmly nestled it in the back of the net despite a brave effort from Samson, who got a hand on it but didn’t get enough of a touch to divert it beyond the post. As St Mirren tried to get back into the game, United had another fraught moment in defence when Ryan intercepted a pass into the box and Cierzniak was unsure of whether he could pick the ball up, before eventually clearing his lines. Goodwin then had a long-range effort that the Polish ‘keeper had to hold well, before Carey had a woeful effort from a promising position after a clever knock-down by Thompson, with the ball actually being diverted away from goal. St Mirren were trying to get back into the game and Parkin fired past the post after being well teed up by Thompson, then Watson had to bravely head clear as Parkin again bore down on goal. It was an edgy last few minutes from United, as they struggled to clear their lines as the home side pressed for an equaliser. One of several goalmouth scrambles led to Goodwin blasting an effort off Rankin then firing the rebound wide. As the game neared the final minutes of injury time, United nearly polished off the win as Skacel broke free to lay the ball off for Dow, only for his cut-back to come off a defender and be fired over by Rankin. But by then United had done enough to ensure a vital win.

Squad Statistics (as at October 27th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)29 12 - 12 -
Gavin Gunning21 121474
Seán Dillon29 11 - 2083
Keith Watson22 121824
Stuart Armstrong20 11 - 512
Mark Millar24 4 - 4 -
Willo Flood27 1211193
John Rankin29 121576
Michael Gardyne26 111111
Jon Daly29 11217060
Johnny Russell22 1259530
Rudi Skácel (sub)33 1 - 1 -
Richie Ryan (sub)27 10 - 25 -
Ryan Dow (sub)21 8 - 221

League Table (as at October 27th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.