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St Mirren 0-0 Dundee United: Hosts still winless after stalemate

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland
St Mirren's Dylan Reid (right)
Dylan Reid (right) made his first start for St Mirren at 16 years of age

Manager Jim Goodwin was pleased but frustrated as his St Mirren side's search for a first Scottish Premiership win of the season continued after a stalemate with Dundee United.

The Paisley side are now five without victory, with only Livingston and Ross County below them in the division.

Goodwin was left aggrieved after Eamonn Brophy had an effort ruled out when Curtis Main was penalised for a push.

"I thought we had a decent goal chopped off," he said.

"People will say Curtis was grappling with the defender, and he is, but the defender was also grappling with Curtis. He's got too much strength for him and it's a brilliant finish from Brophy.

"And that's the fine margins we're playing to unfortunately. On another day that goal might stand and we're standing here with three points instead of one."

Both sides went close to finding a winner, with the home side's Richard Tait having an effort well saved, and United's Marc McNulty hitting a post.

The visitors - who remain in seventh - might be left to rue injuries that forced off defenders Liam Smith and Ryan Edwards.

Goodwin gave 16-year-old Dylan Reid his first start, while Australian right-back Matt Millar and Wolves loanee Connor Ronan made their debuts.

But as the first half wore on, the hosts began to look the more likely to be cut open, with Peter Pawlett at the centre of most of United's good play.

The midfielder drove down the left and knocked the ball to Ian Harkes, whose shot was saved but deflected towards goal, and defender Joe Shaughnessy had to be alert to head it off the line.

Then Pawlett played a one-two with Harkes to open up space for himself, but blasted over with the goal gaping.

Brophy volleyed the ball into the net from close range for St Mirren after the break, but the referee ruled it out and penalised Main for a foul in the build-up.

Main headed over a minute later, while at the other end Louis Appere broke clear and forced Jak Alnwick into a save.

And then United really should have taken the lead when McNulty burst through but he delayed his shot then eventually clipped it off the outside of a post.

The hosts were finishing the stronger, though, and it took a brilliant save from United goalkeeper Trevor Carson to keep the scores level when he palmed over Tait's powerful effort.

Man of the match - Eamonn Brophy

St Mirren's Eamonn Brophy
Brophy had a quiet first half but was pivotal in helping St Mirren become more of a force in the second

What did we learn?

Goodwin made a bold call by starting 16-year-old midfielder Reid, but the youngster looked composed. His side have scored just three goals in five league games, though, and another blank in front of goal will worry the manager.

United too often this season have passed up gilt-edged chances and they did the same in this one, with Pawlett and McNulty in particular failing to hit the target.

That lack of clinical edge cost them a point against Hearts before the international break, and three points in Paisley.

What did they say?

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "I'm a little frustrated, but I've got to be happy with another clean sheet - that's two back-to-back against good opposition [St Johnstone and Dundee United].

"People may look at the result and see a boring 0-0 but I don't think for the fans here it was that way. I thought it was a decent game with two attacking teams."

Dundee United manager Thomas Courts: "We certainly created a lot of good chances and had some good combination play. We inherited a team that didn't create a lot of chances last year so it's a bit of a breakthrough for us.

"Hopefully the killer instinct is the next part for our team."

What's next?

St Mirren are next in action on Saturday away to Hibernian (15:00 BST), while United face city neighbours Dundee in their first derby meeting of the season on Sunday 19 September (12:00).

Player of the match

NiskanenIlmari Niskanen

with an average of 7.83

St Mirren

  1. Squad number2Player nameTait
    Average rating

    6.44

  2. Squad number8Player nameFlynn
    Average rating

    5.54

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGrath
    Average rating

    5.48

  4. Squad number43Player nameRonan
    Average rating

    5.46

  5. Squad number1Player nameAlnwick
    Average rating

    5.42

  6. Squad number17Player nameMcAllister
    Average rating

    5.40

  7. Squad number44Player nameMillar
    Average rating

    5.38

  8. Squad number15Player nameReid
    Average rating

    5.33

  9. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy
    Average rating

    5.20

  10. Squad number9Player nameBrophy
    Average rating

    5.12

  11. Squad number10Player nameMain
    Average rating

    5.09

  12. Squad number22Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    5.03

  13. Squad number3Player nameTanser
    Average rating

    4.88

  14. Squad number5Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    4.86

Dundee United

  1. Squad number7Player nameNiskanen
    Average rating

    7.83

  2. Squad number66Player nameFuchs
    Average rating

    7.72

  3. Squad number4Player nameMulgrew
    Average rating

    7.68

  4. Squad number2Player nameSmith
    Average rating

    7.63

  5. Squad number33Player nameMcMann
    Average rating

    7.63

  6. Squad number12Player nameEdwards
    Average rating

    7.43

  7. Squad number18Player nameButcher
    Average rating

    7.42

  8. Squad number23Player nameHarkes
    Average rating

    7.26

  9. Squad number27Player nameAppéré
    Average rating

    7.26

  10. Squad number8Player namePawlett
    Average rating

    7.13

  11. Squad number9Player nameMcNulty
    Average rating

    6.96

  12. Squad number19Player nameLevitt
    Average rating

    6.74

  13. Squad number5Player nameConnolly
    Average rating

    6.09

  14. Squad number16Player nameCarson
    Average rating

    5.85

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Alnwick
  • 22FraserBooked at 37mins
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 5McCarthy
  • 15ReidSubstituted forFlynnat 74'minutes
  • 44MillarSubstituted forTaitat 66'minutes
  • 43RonanSubstituted forMcAllisterat 66'minutes
  • 7McGrath
  • 3Tanser
  • 10Main
  • 9BrophyBooked at 19mins

Substitutes

  • 2Tait
  • 8Flynn
  • 17McAllister
  • 19Finlayson
  • 20Dennis
  • 23Erwin
  • 26Lyness

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 16Carson
  • 2SmithSubstituted forLevittat 45'minutes
  • 12EdwardsSubstituted forConnollyat 78'minutes
  • 4Mulgrew
  • 33McMann
  • 66Fuchs
  • 18ButcherBooked at 82mins
  • 23Harkes
  • 7Niskanen
  • 8PawlettSubstituted forAppéréat 61'minutes
  • 9McNulty

Substitutes

  • 3Spörle
  • 5Connolly
  • 6Reynolds
  • 10Clark
  • 19Levitt
  • 27Appéré
  • 31Newman
Referee:
Colin Steven
Attendance:
4,894

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Richard Tait (St. Mirren).

  4. Post update

    Louis Appéré (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Main (St. Mirren).

  6. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Conor McCarthy (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ilmari Niskanen (Dundee United).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jeando Fuchs (Dundee United).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Mirren) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Richard Tait (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie McGrath with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  18. Booking

    Calum Butcher (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

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