Dundee United 1 - 1 St Johnstone: McLean own goal cancels out Gunning’s opener

Dundee Utd's Gavin Gunning  rises unmarked to open the scoring early in the first half. Picture: SNS

Dundee Utd's Gavin Gunning rises unmarked to open the scoring early in the first half. Picture: SNS


DUNDEE United fought out an entertaining Tayside derby with St Johnstone as they drew 1-1 at Tannadice.


Dundee United: Gavin Gunning (2)

St Johnstone: Brian McLean (47 og)

Attendance: 7,063

Peter Houston’s men looked likely to win their first home SPL clash since August when defender Gavin Gunning headed them into the lead inside two minutes but an own goal from Brian McLean put paid to that as Steve Lomas’ Saints side fought back to ensure a deserved share of the spoils.

United wasted no time in making their mark when, in the second minute, Gunning made it 1-0 with a free header from Barry Douglas’ inswinging free-kick.

Patrick Cregg’s foul on Johnny Russell left the United forward nursing a head knock but presented the hosts with a perfect scoring opportunity. And Irishman Gunning could hardly believe his luck when the Saints defence stood still and allowed him to rise unchallenged at the free kick and direct a header past visiting keeper Alan Mannus.

Saints seemed to be caught on the hop by the midday start, which came on the back of defeat away to Aberdeen the previous weekend. But, in the 16th minute, striker Steven Maclean turned neatly on the edge of the penalty area and his smart shot was well saved by Radoslaw Cierzniak in the home goal.

Saints started the second half much the livelier side and were back on level terms in the 46th minute. Gregory Tade released Pawlett and his jinking run left a couple of United defenders in his wake before squaring the ball across the face of goal.

McLean was tracking back but, in an attempt to clear his lines, he had the misfortune to turn the ball into his own net

beyond the helpless Cierzniak.

Saints went in search of a winner and almost got it when Craig swivelled eight yards out before driving a shot on target which Cierzniak did well to beat away.

At the other end Gunning’s header from Douglas’ corner with 10 minutes left was cleared off the line by Cregg.

“It was game where we were hoping to start a run of home wins but it wasn’t to be and we’re disappointed to get just one point,” said United manager Peter Houston.

Opposite number Lomas said: “If we were a bit more clinical we would have gone down the road with three points.”


Dundee United

01 Cierzniak

03 Douglas Booked

04 McLean

05 Gunning

12 Watson (Gardyne - 65’ )

06 Flood

08 Rankin

16 Armstrong (Millar - 73’ )

51 Skacel Booked (Ryan - 73’ )

07 Russell

09 Daly


13 Banks

10 Ryan

14 Millar

40 Petrie

15 Gardyne

18 Dow

20 Lacny

St Johnstone

01 Mannus

02 MacKay

05 Wright

18 McCracken

33 Scobbie

04 Cregg Booked

08 Davidson

10 Craig

22 Pawlett Booked (Vine - 76’ )

09 Tade

17 MacLean


15 Tuffey

19 Miller

26 Caddis

14 Moon

11 Hasselbaink

23 Vine

40 Steeves




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