Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday August 6 2011
Sat 6th Aug 3pm
Dundee United had to come from behind for the second successive home game to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with ten-man St Mirren at Tannadice.
Striker Jon Daly was once again on target for the hosts after grabbing the only goal at Hearts last week.
That followed summer signing Nigel Hasselbaink setting up Steven Thompson for the opening strike on eleven minutes. But Hasselbaink was then sent-off just before the break for an elbow on Paul Dixon.
The Tangerines suffered an early blow when Scott Severin had to be stretchered off after a challenge with Buddies captain Jim Goodwin.
It was soon to get worse for them with Hasselbaink escaping down the left and supplying former United striker Thompson at the near post for the opening goal.
Dusan Pernis then saved following another tricky run from Hasselbaink before Keith Watson should have levelled after keeper Craig Samson could only block a Garry Kenneth free-kick.
Ex-Celtic man Paul McGowan saw a dipping effort tipped over in reply before Hasselbaink received a straight red card just ahead of the interval.
Summer signing John Rankin had a shot charged down following the restart and Johnny Russell twice went close as the home side continued to chase an equaliser.
That arrived on 67 minutes with good work from Scott Allan allowing Daly to divert the ball in at the near post, while only a decent later save from Samson denied Allan from fully turning around the contest.
The outcome was though sufficient for both clubs to share the SPL leadership after their third games of the season.
Dundee United: Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Kenneth, Watson, Severin (Robertson 6, Mackay-Steven 64), Flood, Rankin, Allan, Daly, Russell
subs (unused): Banks, Douglas, Armstrong, Dow, Hilson
Goals: Daly (67)
St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McGregor (McAusland 73), Mair, Tesselaar, Goodwin, Thomson, Teale (McShane 65), Thompson (Mclean 80), McGowan, Hasselbaink
subs (unused): McHugh, Kennedy, Carey, Lamont
Goals: Thompson (11)
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Date:Saturday August 6 2011
|St. Johnstone||3||-||0||Dundee United|
|St. Mirren||4||-||1||Dundee United|
|Dundee United||1||-||0||Ross County|
|4. Dundee United||34||15||9||10||14||54|
|6. St. Johnstone||34||15||6||13||9||51|
|7. St. Mirren||34||9||7||18||-19||34|
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