Dundee United 0-0 Saints
By Stuart Gillespie
Updated Saturday, 18th February 2012
The Saints' SPL goal drought continued this afternoon at Tannadice but the Buddies were at least able to leave the City of Discovery with a point thanks to a goalless draw with Dundee United.
I wasn't there so can't really comment but it doesn't sound as if a thriller. Going by the report on Sportscene it seems United had better and more frequent chances than ourselves and didn't take them. This is a change from the last few games when we've at least carved out opportunities and not taken them.
No doubt much will be made of the absence of Steven Thompson but he's been playing in our last three league games and we didn't score so it's not all down to that. Bizarrely, despite scoring during the week, Nigel Hasselbaink was the man who made way for the returning Graham Carey. Steven Thomson replaced his namesake as Danny Lennon went a bit more defensive.
In fairness it worked. While we're not banging them in we're not shipping them at the other end, today making it three league games on the spin without conceding. Don't get me wrong, I think taking anything off Dundee United at their place is a fine result, but we really have to start scoring some goals.
We've won just once in the last 12 league games and just once in three months against an 11 man SPL side. While the gap to Dunfermline means it isn't quite panic stations we are repeatedly blowing a chance to challenge for a top six place and take ourselves well out of the relegation battle.
Today's result leaves us ninth, 10 points ahead of Dunfermline. Hibs and Inverness Caley Thistle, the other two sides below us, have at least one game in hand. We're still only seven points behind fourth placed Hearts but the four games between us and them all have at least one game in hand.
A few wins could have us shooting up the table but we really have to find them - and quickly - or else this season is just going to fade away, which is at least an improvement on the last few years.
Still, could be worse - we could be Rangers...
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