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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
St Mirren Park. Att. 2,511
7:45 PM Kick-off

Kenny McLean (39) Stuart Armstrong (43)

Team Managers
Gary Teale Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Jason Naismith
Marc McAusland
Jim Goodwin
Jeroen Tesselaar
Isaac Osbourne
John McGinn
Stevie Mallan
Kenny McLean
Sean Kelly
Yoann Arquin
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Conor Townsend .3
Keith Watson .12
Jarosław Fojut .5
Seán Dillon .2
Chris Erskine .17
Stuart Armstrong .10
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Nadir Çiftçi .7

Marian Kello
Thomas Reilly
Callum Ball
Jack Baird
Gregg Wylde
Lewis McLear
Lewis Morgan
Michal Szromnik .26
Charlie Telfer .21
Calum Butcher .20
Aidan Connolly .22
Blair Spittal .24
Henri Anier .30
Ryan Dow .18

Lewis McLear for Isaac Osbourne (67) Henri Anier for Chris Erskine (63)
Charlie Telfer for John Rankin (63)

Marc McAusland (76) Jarosław Fojut (25)
Paul Paton (85)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

With the previous game with Inverness postponed, this was United's third match in a row away from home. Unbeaten in 2015, United were keen to maintain this run but St Mirren's formed had picked up recently suggesting a close encounter.

St Mirren started brightly and almost scored after five minutes when a short Watson back pass let McLean in, but quick reactions from Cierzniak prevented the loss of a goal. Mallan then shot over as St Mirren enjoyed some early pressure. United's first goal attempt came in 10 minutes, when Armstrong found space to shoot but it was straight at Ridgers. United had the ball in the net after 15 minutes, when Ciftci nudged Goodwin and slotted the ball past Ridgers. Unfortunately for United, referee Beaton judged that Goodwin had been fouled. Then in 39 minutes, following a United corner, St Mirren quickly broke from defence to take the lead. Kenny McLean flicked the ball over Townsend before guiding past Cierzniak with a left footed volley. United hit back immediately. Mackay-Steven fed Ciftci wide on the right and his cut back cross found Stuart Armstrong who carefully steered home past Ridgers.

The second half began in scrappy fashion with neither teams taking a grip of the game. United threatened in the 62nd minute when Mackay-Steven played in Townsend, but he shot narrowly wide. United made a double substitution on 65 minutes with Anier making his United debut for Erskine and Telfer replacing Rankin. St Mirren pressed as the game edge towards full time and claimed for a penalty when a shot struck Townsend. It looked like St Mirren may be the team to snatch the game until on 90 minutes when a pinpoint Armstrong cross found Ciftci who rose well to meet the cross but headed narrowly over.

Manager's Comment:
“Was the speculation surrounding a few of the players an issue? I hope not. That's something I can't answer. But I thought the ones who have had speculation about their futures, especially Armstrong, was our best player tonight. He got the goal but more than that, his running, his awareness, his tracking back - the little thing that people have questioned in the past - show me he is learning and that he is a fantastic talent. GMS (Mackay-Steven) as well in certain bits of the game. There's been speculation over them and Nadir too. He didn't have his best of games and I thought he should have scored at least one goal, but over the whole I don't think we can use the excuse of speculation."

Fan's Comment:
“Another poor midweek away performance. Probably one of the poorest games of the season. St Mirren probably edged it in the second half and we can count ourselves lucky to be escaping without a loss. Hard to fathom how this team can produce such Jeckyl and Hyde performances. The sooner we forget about being league title challengers, the less painful dropping points in these types of games will be.”

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at January 21st, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)31 25 - 116 -
Seán Dillon31 1812795
Keith Watson25 16215212
Jarosław Fojut27 244244
Conor Townsend21 19 - 19 -
Gary Mackay-Steven24 23512927
Stuart Armstrong22 22614822
Paul Paton27 202654
Chris Erskine27 256347
John Rankin31 21115210
Nadir Çiftçi22 2396326
Charlie Telfer (sub)19 102102
Henri Anier (sub)24 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at January 21st, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.