Dundee United 1 - 1 St Johnstone

Match info: Scottish Premier at Tannadice Park

Date: 26/12/2012 KO: 12:00 Ref: C Murray Att: 7,063

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Dundee U

Gavin Gunning 2


St J'stone

Brian McLean 47 (og)

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: December 26 2012, 19:56 GMT

Peter Houston admitted Dundee United's lack of a killer instinct is proving frustrating after watching his side throw away another lead in their 1-1 draw against St Johnstone at Tannadice.

Dundee United: Led at the break but only drew
Dundee United: Led at the break but only drew

United went ahead through defender Gavin Gunning's second-minute header and looked to be on course for a first SPL home win since August.

But Brian McLean's own goal two minutes after the break proved enough to earn Steve Lomas' Saints side a point.

It left Houston bemoaning United's inability to close out matches once ahead.

"It was a very open entertaining game for the supporters but it's hard work being Dundee United manager," said Houston.

"I think we're playing some really good stuff and we're attack-minded but, in the same breath, we're not killing teams off.

"Gavin Gunning could have had a hat-trick of headers in the first half.

"Rudi Skacel had a chance as well which was cleared off the line while at the same time Radoslaw Cierzniak had some good saves as well.

"I felt with the chances we had we could have been comfortably ahead at half time.

"St Johnstone, to their credit, came out spirited in the second half and got the goal quickly.

"Gavin thought it was going out for a goal-kick but Brian was unfortunate to turn it into his own net.

"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 the one point."

Saints boss Lomas admitted a lack of cutting edge meant his side ended up drawing their fifth game in their last eight outings.

He said: "If we were a bit more clinical we would have gone down the road with three points.

"The performance was good but the conversion rate of chances to goals must be the poorest in the league.

"That's what's causing us to draw so many games.

"In saying that, their keeper made some terrific saves, He made a great stop from Liam Craig in the first half that we thought was going to be nestling in the net, and he had another one right at the end from (Gregory) Tade.

"That is what he is there for. We just need to keep working hard on our finishing in training because we are creating a lot of chances.

"That said, I'm sure the fans would have been delighted with that display.

"We asked for a reaction because the second half at Aberdeen wasn't great. We brought a great support to Tannadice again and I think the players knew they owed them a performance and they got that in abundance.

"That was for the plucky souls who braved the wind and the rain at Aberdeen last weekend."

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