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Dundee Utd   3 - 3   St Johnstone

St Johnstone defender Dave MacKay and Dundee United striker Jon Daly
Saints salvaged a point, having been in front at Tannadice

Dundee United and St Johnstone shared six goals in a thrilling Scottish Premier League encounter.

Peter MacDonald burst through the United defence to give St Johnstone a sixth-minute lead and Liam Craig got the visitors second on 21 minutes.

But United were a different team after the break and Jon Daly's header and Danny Swanson's volley restored parity.

Steven Anderson's own goal put United ahead but Kevin Moon's hooked shot claimed a point for Saints.

United, looking to build on last weekend's 4-1 thumping away to Falkirk, brought Darren Dods into defence for the injured Andy Webster.

But the visitors came roaring out of the traps and opened the scoring after six minutes.

Mihael Kovacevic failed to deal with a Jody Morris cross, allowing Moon headed the ball into MacDonald's path and he rifled a volley past Dusan Pernis.

MacDonald almost made it two moments later but he shot wide following good work by Cillian Sheridan.

St Johnstone goalkeeper Graeme Smith was called into action for the first time after quarter of an hour when he saved Craig Conway's 25-yard free kick.

The visitors made United pay for slack defending soon after when Danny Grainger's throw-in triggered panic, and MacDonald's flick found Craig, who slotted home.

Saints pressed for a third as Peter Houston's men rocked but the Terrors reduced the deficit after the break.

Daly headed home Conway's lofted free-kick in the 52nd minute and he had an effort chalked off moments later for offside.

Swanson fired home an equaliser fit to grace any game when he volleyed home from 25 yards past the helpless Smith.

And substitute Myrie-Williams's shot deflected off the luckless Anderson and found the net to see United nudge their noses in front.

But Moon salvaged a point for Saints when he collected Deuchar's headed pass and found the bottom corner of the net.


Dundee United interim manager Peter Houston:
"We let ourselves down in the first half, St Johnstone worked harder than us.

"They were told in no uncertain terms at half-time that we were lucky to be 2-0 down, it could've been more.

"What a change in the second half. I've got to give them credit for the spirit, attitude and desire. That was the real Dundee United that turned up in the second half.

"We got ourselves in front from 2-0 down and within a minute it was 3-3.

"Overall it was a cracking game and 3-3 might well have been deserved."

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes:
"At half-time, we were 2-0 up and were in charge of the game. We played very, very well in the first half.

"We forced a good team back, we were clinical with our finishing and we were very pleased with how much possession we had in their half of the park.

"We knew that United would come at us in the second half.

"At half-time, a point would've been disappointing. At 3-2 behind with minutes to go, a point is good.

"We're delighted with our immediate response to get the draw after going 3-2 down."

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Dundee Utd 3-3 St Johnstone FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Daly 52
  • Swanson 69
  • Myrie-Williams 77
  • MacDonald 6
  • Craig 21
  • Moon 77

Dundee Utd

  • 01 Pernis
  • 05 Dods yellow card
  • 18 Kenneth yellow card
  • 23 Dixon yellow card
  • 06 Conway (Myrie-Williams 59)
  • 14 Swanson
  • 15 Buaben yellow card
  • 16 Gomis
  • 19 Kovacevic
  • 09 Daly
  • 25 Goodwillie (Casalinuovo 63)

Substitutes

  • 13 Banks,
  • 02 Dillon,
  • 12 Robertson,
  • 24 Cameron,
  • 07 Myrie-Williams,
  • 20 Shala,
  • 21 Casalinuovo

St Johnstone

  • 25 Smith
  • 02 Irvine
  • 03 Grainger yellow card
  • 12 MacKay
  • 24 Anderson
  • 04 Morris yellow card
  • 07 Millar
  • 10 Craig yellow card (Morais 71)
  • 14 Moon
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 26 Sheridan (Deuchar 71 yellow card)

Substitutes

  • 15 McLean,
  • 06 McCaffrey,
  • 22 Morais,
  • 44 Hensley,
  • 09 Milne,
  • 17 Deuchar,
  • 32 Reynolds
Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 6,600
DUNDEE UTD
ST JOHNSTONE

Possession

  • Dundee Utd 57%
  • St Johnstone 43%

Attempts on target

  • Dundee Utd 9
  • St Johnstone 4

Attempts off target

  • Dundee Utd 4
  • St Johnstone 5

Corners

  • Dundee Utd 3
  • St Johnstone 4

Fouls

  • Dundee Utd 14
  • St Johnstone 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:20 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:36 Booking Paul Dixon goes into the book for dissent.
  • 90:00+3:10 Booking Jody Morris is booked.
  • 90:00+1:05 The ball is swung over by Paul Dixon, Effort on goal by Jon Daly from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 90:00+0:29 Daniel Swanson challenges Kenny Deuchar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 89:54 Booking Booking for Kenny Deuchar for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 89:13 Foul by Prince Buaben on Kevin Moon, free kick awarded. Filipe Morais crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
  • 89:13 Kevin Moon fouled by Prince Buaben, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Filipe Morais from right channel, save made by Dusan Pernis.
  • 85:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Jennison Myrie-Williams. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:17 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Paul Dixon from right channel.
  • 83:17 Booking The referee shows Daniel Grainger a yellow card.
  • 83:07 Jennison Myrie-Williams fouled by Daniel Grainger, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 81:27 Darren Dods gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Deuchar. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:04 Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Swanson.
  • 80:47 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, clearance made by Kenny Deuchar.
  • 80:28 Shot by Prince Buaben from 25 yards. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 79:38 Booking Prince Buaben is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 79:02 Corner taken by Daniel Swanson, Jon Daly has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 78:34 The official flags Jennison Myrie-Williams offside. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 77:39 Unfair challenge on Kenny Deuchar by Darren Dods results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Filipe Morais.
  • 76:33 GOAL - Peter MacDonaldDundee Utd 3 - 3 St Johnstone A goal is scored by Peter MacDonald from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-3 St Johnstone.
  • 76:21 GOAL - Steven AndersonDundee Utd 3 - 2 St Johnstone Steven Anderson scores an own goal. Dundee Utd 3-2 St Johnstone.
  • 68:32 Substitution Kenny Deuchar comes on in place of Cillian Sheridan.
  • 68:32 Substitution Filipe Morais joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Craig.
  • 68:32 GOAL - Daniel SwansonDundee Utd 2 - 2 St Johnstone Goal scored by Daniel Swanson from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-2 St Johnstone.
  • 67:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Dixon by Chris Millar. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
  • 66:42 The ball is delivered by Michael Kovacevic, Unfair challenge on Graeme Smith by Damian Casalinuovo results in a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:42 Daniel Swanson produces a cross, clearance made by David MacKay.
  • 62:20 The ball is delivered by Daniel Swanson, clearance made by David MacKay.
  • 62:20 Substitution Damian Casalinuovo is brought on as a substitute for David Goodwillie.
  • 62:20 Steven Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie.
  • 61:51 Effort on goal by Jennison Myrie-Williams from 12 yards. Blocked by Darren Dods.
  • 60:23 Daniel Grainger challenges Jennison Myrie-Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon from right wing.
  • 59:37 A cross is delivered by Paul Dixon, Jon Daly takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 57:37 Substitution Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Craig Conway.
  • 57:37 Shot by Prince Buaben from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 56:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Irvine on Craig Conway. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
  • 55:45 A cross is delivered by Cillian Sheridan, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
  • Correction - 53:05 Foul by Michael Kovacevic on Liam Craig, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
  • 53:05 Foul by Michael Kovacevic on Liam Craig, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Grainger, inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
  • 51:32 Assist by Craig Conway.
  • 51:32 GOAL - Jon DalyDundee Utd 1 - 2 St Johnstone Jon Daly finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Dundee Utd 1-2 St Johnstone.
  • 50:53 The ball is delivered by Paul Dixon, blocked by Gary Irvine. Gary Irvine handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The ball is sent over by Craig Conway,
  • 50:11 The ball is crossed by Liam Craig. Centre by Peter MacDonald, blocked by Prince Buaben.
  • 48:58 Unfair challenge on Prince Buaben by Kevin Moon results in a free kick. Darren Dods takes the direct free kick. Jon Daly takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
  • 48:28 David MacKay is ruled offside. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
  • 47:22 Prince Buaben challenges Gary Irvine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Gary Irvine.
  • 46:57 Jon Daly is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 46:14 Kevin Moon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:46 Daniel Swanson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Moon. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:08 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 42:15 Daniel Swanson has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 39:45 Kevin Moon takes a shot. Michael Kovacevic gets a block in. Liam Craig has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 38:38 Craig Conway fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Prince Buaben takes the free kick.
  • 38:06 David Goodwillie takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • Correction - 34:22 Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Jody Morris from the left by-line, save made by Dusan Pernis.
  • 34:22 Liam Craig takes the inswinging corner, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Jody Morris, save by Dusan Pernis.
  • 33:58 A cross is delivered by Peter MacDonald, blocked by Paul Dixon.
  • 32:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Kovacevic by Cillian Sheridan. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:18 Jon Daly fouled by Daniel Grainger, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:08 Jon Daly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David MacKay. Free kick taken by Gary Irvine.
  • 28:21 Gary Irvine sends in a cross, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance. The ball is crossed by Liam Craig, Effort from inside the area by Peter MacDonald misses to the right of the target.
  • 26:46 David Goodwillie is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:07 Effort from outside the penalty box by Chris Millar goes wide right of the target.
  • 25:27 Daniel Swanson crosses the ball, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:35 Booking Liam Craig is shown a yellow card.
  • 24:04 Foul by Daniel Swanson on Liam Craig, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from left wing, Prince Buaben makes a clearance. Daniel Swanson fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Swanson takes the free kick.
  • 23:13 Chris Millar concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. David Goodwillie takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:48 The assist for the goal came from Peter MacDonald.
  • 20:48 GOAL - Liam CraigDundee Utd 0 - 2 St Johnstone Liam Craig finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-2 St Johnstone.
  • 19:36 A cross is delivered by Paul Dixon.
  • Correction - 19:17 Jon Daly takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 19:17 Jon Daly has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 19:01 Corner taken short by Liam Craig.
  • 16:11 Foul by David Goodwillie on Steven Anderson, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
  • 14:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Irvine on Craig Conway. Craig Conway shoots direct from the free kick, save by Dusan Pernis.
  • 13:59 The ball is delivered by Gary Irvine.
  • 10:58 The ball is crossed by Peter MacDonald.
  • 10:04 Liam Craig produces a cross, save made by Dusan Pernis.
  • 8:58 Effort on goal by Peter MacDonald from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 8:29 Craig Conway concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Morris. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:40 Daniel Grainger challenges Morgaro Gomis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morgaro Gomis crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jody Morris makes a clearance.
  • 5:57 The assist for the goal came from Kevin Moon.
  • 5:57 GOAL - Peter MacDonaldDundee Utd 0 - 1 St Johnstone Peter MacDonald grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 St Johnstone.
  • 5:45 The ball is delivered by Jody Morris.
  • 5:24 Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 5:01 A cross is delivered by Liam Craig, save by Dusan Pernis.
  • 3:05 Jon Daly delivers the ball, clearance by David MacKay.
  • 1:45 The ball is sent over by Cillian Sheridan, save by Dusan Pernis.
  • 0:31 The ball is crossed by Craig Conway.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 22 37 51
2 Celtic 21 20 41
3 Hibernian 21 15 39
4 Dundee Utd 22 4 38
5 Hearts 22 -4 28
6 Aberdeen 20 -2 27
7 Motherwell 21 -3 27
8 St Johnstone 19 -9 20
9 St Mirren 21 -10 20
10 Hamilton 20 -17 17
11 Kilmarnock 21 -15 15
12 Falkirk 20 -16 14

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