Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Monday February 21 2011
Tue 22nd Feb
Dundee United will be determined to make up for their weekend disappointment when travelling to face St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Tuesday evening. The visitors suffered a late defeat at Hearts in their latest game after leading goalscorer David Goodwillie had a last-minute penalty saved - and that only moments after conceding the eventual winner. Both United and their next opponents are currently locked together in mid-table on 29 points, although the Terrors still have a couple of games in hand on them following a succession of earlier postponements.
"I was really disappointed with the attitude to losing the first goal up until half-time," St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes told BBC Scotland. "We have got to have a level of performance that's better than that for us to win games in the SPL. But we have got a derby game to hopefully try to remedy that and give them something to cheer about."
"St Johnstone are a good side. I like them as a team," Dundee United manager Peter Houston admitted to BBC Scotland. "They've got good experience and good young players as well. I like the balance of their side and, if we're going to go to Tayside and win the match, I think it will be a tough one. Certainly, if the ground's loaded and heavy, you've got to think about what players we're going to play - and that's what we'll probably take that into consideration."
Saints are expected to be without both Chris Millar and Collin Samuel. Millar hobbled out of their weekend 2-0 defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle - a game that Samuel was already ruled out of because of injury.
St Johnstone (from): Enckelman, Duberry, MacKay, Anderson, Morris, Taylor, Craig, Davidson, Millar, May, Samuel, MacDonald, Novikovas, Maybury, Parkin, Caddis, Adams, Smith
Decent level of ability and offers added flair in the middle of the pitch.
Craig Conway should be back after missing the unfortunate weekend defeat at Hearts. Garry Kenneth limped out of that game with a medial ligament knee injury and joins the likes of skipper Jon Daly, Mihael Kovacevic, Darren Dods and Scott Severin on the sidlines.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Van der Maulen, Watson, Douglas, Swanson, Gomis, Conway, Buaben, Armstrong, S. Robertson, D Robertson, Goodwillie, Russell, Banks, Dow, Smith, Allan, Mentel
Missing so many fellow defenders it puts even greater responsibility on the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.
Both sides come into the game following away defeats - St Johnstone 2-0 at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and Dundee United 2-1 at Hearts.
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Date:Monday February 21 2011
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