Dundee Utd 0-0 St Mirren

Dundee United and St Mirren cancelled one another out in a fairly uneventful goalless draw at Tannadice.

Jon Daly sent a header wide and came close to connecting a couple of times in front of goal as United edged the early stages.

Johnny Russell forced a fine save from Buddies goalkeeper Craig Samson in a second half of few chances.

Nigel Hasselbaink and Dougie Imrie had late efforts to claim a victory that St Mirren barely deserved.

The draw meant United find themselves leapfrogged by Kilmarnock, who move into the top six after their surprise win away to administration-hit champions Rangers, while St Mirren remain ninth.

Sean Dillon came into United's defence in place of the injured Garry Kenneth.

St Mirren were without top scorer Steven Thompson through suspension, so Imrie was handed a start, while Steven Thomson came into midfield, with Hasselbaink dropping to the bench.

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Interview - Dundee United manager Peter Houston

The match started brightly, with both sides trying to win dominance through their normal passing game.

However, it was United who gradually established control as the game became more disjointed.

Referee Brian Winter was not impressed by claims for a penalty from the home fans when Stuart Armstrong was blocked by Jeroen Tesselaar.

It was 24 minutes before a clearcut opportunity was created and Daly failed to get enough purchase on his header when found in the clear only 10 yards out by Paul Dixon's cross and the ball flew well wide.

There was more frustration for Daly when he just failed to make contact with a Gavin Gunning header across the face of goal from a Dixon free-kick.

United were now the dominant force, with the Buddies making only sporadic forays into their opponents' half.

However, the visitors survived to go in goalless at half-time after Marc McAusland made a fine last-ditch black to prevent Johnny Russell firing on target.

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Interview - St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

It took 25 minutes of the second half before either side were able to escape the other's grips sufficiently to fire an effort on target.

Russell made some space for himself 22 yards from goal and his powerful effort was tipped wide by the outstretched hand of Samson and United midfielder Rankin had a shot deflected wide.

However, it was the Buddies who had the final efforts that failed to break the deadlock.

Substitute Hasselbaink could have netted a late winner for the Buddies, but the Dutchman could not turn Imrie's cross past Pernis.

There was still time for Imrie to test Pernis from distance, but the Slovakian goalkeeper was equal to the winger's low drive.

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