St Mirren secured their highest league finish since 1989 as the Paisley club and Dundee United played out a 0-0 draw on the Scottish Premiership’s final day.
With one eye on Motherwell’s match at home to Ross County, both sides went into this game knowing a win could put them in the driving seat for a seventh place finish. The home team started the brighter of the two with Dylan Connolly in the heat of the action, threatening the Tangerine defence, producing an array of crosses from the right.
In the 20th minute Dundee United were close to taking the lead. Reaching the by-line, Louis Appere found Logan Chalmers free at the back-post. But he failed to convert, forcing a strong hand from Jak Alnwick in the Saints goal.
Six minutes later the St Mirren faithful were left bemused after they were denied a strong penalty claim. Through on goal, Eamonn Brophy looked to have been fouled after rounding Ross Doohan in the Dundee United box. Much to the amusement of Saints manager Jim Goodwin, referee Euan Anderson failed to agree.
In the 70th minute United were reduced to ten men. Defender, Jamie Robson was adjudged to have tackled in a dangerous manner, leaving Anderson no option but to brandish a straight red card.
Neither team were able to find the breakthrough in the closing stages as the game finished goalless. Ross County’s dramatic 2-1 victory at Fir Park means the home side finish in seventh place, their highest finish since 1989, one point above United in 9th spot. Here are three things we learned.
Goodwin’s hard work this season should not be undermined. Narrowly missing out on a top six finish, added with semi-final appearances in both major cups, this season should be used as a learning curve for the Paisley Saints to learn from the pros and cons and go one better next time around.
First season success
In their first season back in Scotland’s top tier, Dundee United have given a decent account of themselves with no relegation battle to ponder. Finishing comfortably in 9th, the Tangerines return to the top of the Scottish game has been satisfactory. They will now want to push for the top six.
The tale of this game mimicked the struggles of both teams throughout the season. Creating chances with no end product is something that will need to be worked on over the summer if either team have hopes of making the top six next season.
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