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Saturday, 8 December, 2001, 17:05 GMT
Livi miss Tannadice chance
Davide Xausa sends a drive towards the United goal
Davide Xausa sends a drive towards the United goal
Dundee United 0-0 Livingston

Livingston failed to go second in the Scottish Premier League when their ambition was cancelled out by United's determination to prove their critics wrong.

But the goal-less draw at Tannadice means that the SPL's newest club have only lost once in the last 16 games.

United manager Alex Smith was hurt by the implied criticism of his stewardship as former chairman Jim McLean attempts to regain control of the club.

Smith will have fired up his players, while the motivation for Livingston was moving into second place ahead of Rangers should they leave Tannadice with a victory.

Livingston took early control and Barry Wilson fired wide from outside the area then a drive from David Fernandez flashed across goal and wide.

Craig Easton chases David Fernandez
Craig Easton chases David Fernandez
Danny Griffin came close for United with an effort from 20 yards that could have brought a spectacular opener if it had not taken a deflection.

United were coming more and more into the game and Steve McConalogue sent a header just wide.

Davide Xausa sent Wilson sprinting clear, but goalkeeper Paul Gallacher came smartly off his line to get there first.

It took until after the break for Livi to put their first effort on target, Gallacher saving a curling free kick from Fernandez.

But it was United on top and McConalogue fired just over on the turn.

Griffin came even closer from way out with a low, bouncing effort that forced Nick Culkin into a last-gasp diving block at his near post.

Rubio was needed in a crowded Livi goalmouth to head away Craig Easton's goal-bound header.

Dundee United: Gallacher, McCunnie, Partridge, Lauchlan, Aljofree, Easton, Griffin, Paterson, Carson, Hamilton, McConalogue. Subs: Combe, O'Brien, Miller, Venetis, Thompson.

Livingston: Culkin, Brinquin, Andrews, Rubio, Santini, Quino, Lovell, Bingham, Wilson, Xausa, Fernandez. Subs: McEwan, Caputo, Toure-Maman, Aurellio, Bollan.

Referee: W Young

Dundee Utd manager Alex Smith
"Over the piece I think we deserved to win"
Livingston manager Jim Leishman
"A hard earned draw, it's a pleasing point"
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