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St Johnstone 0-0 Dundee United: Visitors miss chance to climb to fifth

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland

Dundee United will soon possess more of a goal threat, believes manager Micky Mellon after a goalless draw with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

United missed the chance to climb into fifth in the Scottish Premiership, though the hosts were more frustrated having had the bulk of the chances.

Mellon feels his front three of Lawrence Shankland, Marc McNulty and Nicky Clark will improve in time.

"We know what a threat they're going to be," Mellon told BBC Scotland.

"To get a clean sheet away from home, we're obviously pleased as we've worked hard on that. It gives us a platform, but what we now need to be is more of a threat in the final three.

"We've played with three really exciting front men today who need time together on the training ground, and in Marc's case match fitness."

David Wotherspoon, Craig Bryson, Scott Tanser and Jason Kerr all sent good efforts wide for the home side, and St Johnstone had a late header from Murray Davidson well saved by United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.

With Motherwell beating Ross County, Callum Davidson's side fall to 10th in the league table.

Dundee United unveiled a front three of Lawrence Shankland, Nicky Clark and Reading's on-loan striker Marc McNulty. And they were keen to show off their firepower early; McNulty firing over from inside the box while Shankland thumped an audacious effort over the bar from distance.

But soon it was St Johnstone who took control of the game. Craig Conway's corner was on the button for Kerr whose header was just wide. Tanser and Davidson both had efforts that skimmed Siegrist's left-hand post.

Then nice skill from Wotherspoon left Mark Connolly floundering on the turf as the St Johnstone winger breezed past him on the left hand side, but he couldn't follow it up by squeezing his shot inside the near post.

The visitors were hanging on. Bryson, with the outside of his right foot, wasn't far away from his first goal in St Johnstone colours, but again it was another effort wide rather than forcing the goalkeeper into a meaningful save.

In the second half United tightened up at the back, but Wotherspoon continued to be a threat for St Johnstone; getting down both wings and also teeing off a shot from just outside the box that, via a deflection, had Siegrist scrambling to push wide.

St Johnstone looked good on the ball, knocking it about with aplomb, but too often when the shot was on they shied away and elected for an extra pass. Wotherspoon drove in the box but with the chance to shoot took one too many touches and was charged down.

But from a set-piece they almost found a late winner when a corner met the head of Davidson, who put everything behind it but found Siegrist on the line to block.

Man of the match - David Wotherspoon

St Johnstone's David Wotherspoon
St Johnstone's David Wotherspoon was a threat on both flanks

What did we learn?

St Johnstone dominated possession and chances, but after scoring 12 goals in their last two games their luck in front of goal deserted them.

Dundee United have now scored just once in their last four games - and that was at home to Kelty Hearts. While that is a concern, they do have three clean sheets in a row which is a solid foundation to build upon.

But they have just two league wins in their last 10, and are closer to the bottom of the table than they are to fourth.

What did they say?

Frustrated but happy - Callum Davidson after St Johnstone draw

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson: "After 10 minutes we performed to a really high level. Our players were great, moved the ball quickly and created chances. Their goalkeeper has made two or three really good saves to keep them in the game. It's frustrating for us, but what I'm happy with is the clean sheet. This season, often we've dominated at home but conceded late."

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon: "I'm loathed to say we're pleased [with a draw] because everyone will think we came here for a point, but coming away from home you've got to respect points and clean sheets and I'm pleased we were able to do that. As a defensive unit they've given us something to build on."

Dundee United need to be more of a threat - Micky Mellon

What's next?

St Johnstone have a break before hosting Kilmarnock on Friday 6 November, while Dundee United are at home to Ross County next Sunday.

Player of the match

SiegristBenjamin Siegrist

with an average of 7.99

St Johnstone

  1. Squad number15Player nameMcNamara
    Average rating

    5.63

  2. Squad number6Player nameGordon
    Average rating

    5.50

  3. Squad number13Player nameBryson
    Average rating

    5.50

  4. Squad number8Player nameDavidson
    Average rating

    5.45

  5. Squad number3Player nameTanser
    Average rating

    5.31

  6. Squad number10Player nameWotherspoon
    Average rating

    5.30

  7. Squad number5Player nameKerr
    Average rating

    5.19

  8. Squad number14Player nameMay
    Average rating

    5.16

  9. Squad number4Player nameMcCart
    Average rating

    5.13

  10. Squad number7Player nameConway
    Average rating

    5.13

  11. Squad number1Player nameClark
    Average rating

    5.08

  12. Squad number18Player nameMcCann
    Average rating

    4.48

  13. Squad number22Player nameHendry
    Average rating

    4.25

  14. Squad number11Player nameO'Halloran
    Average rating

    4.20

Dundee United

  1. Squad number1Player nameSiegrist
    Average rating

    7.99

  2. Squad number2Player nameSmith
    Average rating

    5.90

  3. Squad number24Player nameShankland
    Average rating

    5.88

  4. Squad number6Player nameReynolds
    Average rating

    5.70

  5. Squad number9Player nameMcNulty
    Average rating

    5.69

  6. Squad number17Player nameRobson
    Average rating

    5.65

  7. Squad number4Player namePowers
    Average rating

    5.57

  8. Squad number12Player nameEdwards
    Average rating

    5.57

  9. Squad number5Player nameConnolly
    Average rating

    5.53

  10. Squad number20Player nameBolton
    Average rating

    5.43

  11. Squad number23Player nameHarkes
    Average rating

    5.29

  12. Squad number10Player nameClark
    Average rating

    3.75

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Clark
  • 5Kerr
  • 6Gordon
  • 4McCart
  • 15McNamara
  • 13BrysonSubstituted forMcCannat 90'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Davidson
  • 3Tanser
  • 7ConwaySubstituted forO'Halloranat 86'minutes
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 14MaySubstituted forHendryat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kane
  • 11O'Halloran
  • 12Parish
  • 18McCann
  • 19Rooney
  • 22Hendry
  • 24Booth
  • 26Craig

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 5Connolly
  • 12Edwards
  • 6Reynolds
  • 20Bolton
  • 4PowersBooked at 31mins
  • 23Harkes
  • 17Robson
  • 10Clark
  • 9McNultySubstituted forSmithat 70'minutes
  • 24Shankland

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 7McMullan
  • 16King
  • 19Mehmet
  • 25Fotheringham
  • 27Appéré
  • 30Neilson
  • 36Watson
  • 37Hutchinson
Referee:
Andrew Dallas

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, Dundee United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 0, Dundee United 0.

  3. Booking

    Alistair McCann (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Wotherspoon with a cross.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Alistair McCann replaces Craig Bryson.

  6. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Michael O'Halloran replaces Craig Conway.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Scott Tanser (St. Johnstone).

  10. Post update

    Liam Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

  13. Post update

    Dan McNamara (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Murray Davidson.

  16. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Liam Smith replaces Marc McNulty.

  19. Post update

    Craig Conway (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mark Reynolds (Dundee United).

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