Melly Keeps Us In It

Last updated : 04 November 2006 By Firparkcorner

The first half was scrappy with neither side being particularly impressive. Clarkson did well to meet Foran's cross but couldn't direct his effort with any power. Sutton then failed to threaten with a couple of half chances before Foran missed our best opportunity of the game. Kerr – our man of the match – broke superbly down the left and released the Elliot on the overlap to cross. The ball avoided everyone until it reached Foran but with the goal gaping he mis-hit badly and his shot struck the outside of the post.

Meldrum prepares...

Clarkson fired high over the bar after the ball broke in the box before we had a let off when Brady elected to beat an extra man rather than shoot inside the box. Elliot missed the final chance of the half although the ball was probably a little behind him from Foran's cross.

The second half was almost entirely dominated by the visitors. We were poor in the first half but after the break our game fell apart as we relied on hopeless long punts up the park. Sutton shot over before Meldrum denied Mehmet who had attempted a clever chip. Set pieces were proving a threat for St Mirren as Broadfooot, McGowne and Sutton all had chances with headers. Meldrum did well with the first two but Sutton really should have given him no chance with his effort which he put over. The goal St Mirren deserved looked certain to arrive on the 70 minute mark when van Zanten was hauled down in a crowd. However, it was not to be Sutton's day as his firm penalty was well saved by Meldrum.

With that, the heart went out of St Mirren and we improved, if only marginally. Foran headed a corner through the box but there were no takers and when he half hit a volley straight at Bullock in injury time it was clear the game would finish goalless.

Meldrum saves...

With Dunfermline being thrashed and United facing Rangers on Sunday it was important not to lose today. We didn't play well yet we picked up another point so we have now lost only one in the last seven. A vast improvement is needed if we are to pose any threat to other teams when Scott McDonald is out.