For most of the game at Tannadice it looked unlikely that either team would score. Both teams were successful in preventing the opposition from gaining momentum and the first half hour had little to stir the fans. Our man demonstrated once more that he has no concern about making an early substitution if he feels a tactical change is needed.
Jennings was booked after thirty minutes by the over-zealous Mr Somers and Gannon choose to make the change five minutes later. He explained after the match that there were a few reasons for the switch. He felt that Jennings was a yard off the pace and that he risked a second yellow given the way the referee was handling the game. In addition he volunteered that Jutkiewicz had looked sharp in training and he hoped that a change in shape might benefit us.
The desired effect came within minutes and Lukas forced Weaver into a very good save before the break. The penalty followed a defensive error. The game seemed to be destined for a no scoring draw until that point but when Forbes stroked the ball beyond the keeper it gave rise to a frantic last ten minutes.
Ruddy's heroics when he pulled off the triple save will become required viewing at goalkeeping coaching schools for years to come. It must be a top priority for the club to ensure that we secure him beyond the six month loan spell.
We have three home games ahead; Inverness in the CIS Cup in midweek followed by Hibs and Falkirk in the league. It's a good time to be a 'Well fan!