Scottish Cup Final: St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee United player ratings

How both sets of players rated in St Johnstone’s 2-0 victory over Dundee United in the 2014 Scottish Cup Final at Celtic Park.

Tommy Wright watches on (v Celtic - 14th February 2015)
Road to the final: St Johnstone beat Livingston, Forfar, Raith Rovers and Aberdeen to reach the first Scottish Cup Final of their 130-year history (Picture from Sky Sports)

ST Johnstone have finally experienced the elation of winning silverware for the first time in their long and distinguished history.

The Saints overcame Tayside rivals Dundee United 2-0 in the Scottish Cup Final at Celtic Park on Saturday to crown a successful debut campaign under boss Tommy Wright.

Goals from Steven Anderson and Steven MacLean ensured the trophy will be heading back to McDiarmid Park to the delight of 15,000 fans who had made the trip from Perth to Glasgow.

See how the St Johnstone and Dundee United players fared on the day by reading the ratings below.

St Johnstone:
(4-3-3)

1 Alan Mannus – 7.5/10  The Irish keeper was a nervous wreck at times in the first half but grew in confidence as the game wore on. Gathered a number of crosses with ease and made a fine save to deny Robertson in the second half.

2 Dave Mackay (C) – 8/10  Experienced defeat with Dundee in the 2001 Scottish Cup final but was on the winning side with the Saints as the trophy ended up in his hands. Put in a solid display at right-back. The 34-year-old was never outstripped for pace or outwitted tactically.

5 Frazer Wright – 9/10  A warrior-like performance from a defender who has enjoyed one of his best seasons as a professional. Superb distribution and reading of the game. Kept Ciftci quiet and forged an unbeatable partnership with Anderson.

6 Steven Anderson – 9.5/10  The veteran centre-back was simply outstanding at the heart of the Saints defence. An unstoppable force and solid presence. Scored the crucial breakthrough goal just before half-time by doing what he does best, wandering in unnoticed at the back post. Man of the match.

24 Brian Easton – 7.5/10  The former Dundee left-back advanced forward at every opportunity in the first half. Tracked back when United sought to counter at pace. Never fully tested defensively, where he can often be suspect.

12 James Dunne – 8/10  Saw a stinging effort parried over by Cierzniak early on but did not advance forward too often after that. Turned into defensive mode in the second half and helped Millar to keep tabs on the likes of Armstrong. An effective string to St Johnstone’s bow.

7 Chris Millar – 8/10  Quietly got about his business of nullifying the room enjoyed by Paton and Rankin and getting amongst the attacking triumvirant. Closed the ball down well and was compact in remaining in the centre of the park.

10 David Wotherspoon – 8/10  Left out of the previous two finals at Hibernian but made up for that disappointment with an assured display for his hometown club. Provided the corner which led to Anderson’s goal and had an effort denied by Cierzniak in the second half.

29 Michael O’Halloran – 7.5/10  Was a big hit in the semi-final against Aberdeen but did not quite reach the same heights. Cut inside from the right at times and switched positions to try to become more involved but was often lost.

9 Steven MacLean – 8.5/10  Another fantastic display which he capped with the clinching goal late on for Saints. His runs in behind gave the United back four food for thought. Does a lot of the donkey work which allows May to hurt the opposition defence. A key player for Tommy Wright’s side.

17 Stevie May – 8/10  It might have been written in the stars for number 17 May to strike on the corresponding date but he did not live up to the fairytale. Always a threat with his bumbling presence and tried his luck ambitiously from range on a number of occasions. Goal ruled out for handball in the second half.

Substitutes bench:
15 Banks (GK), 19 Miller, 4 Cregg, 8 McDonald, 22 Croft, 11 Hasselbaink, 25 Iwelumo.

Subs used:

Croft (for O’Halloran, 73 mins) – 3.5/10  Added width to the midfield and fresh legs. Helped to keep Saints ticking over. A resourceful cameo from the 28-year-old.

McDonald (for Wotherspoon, 85 mins) – 1.5/10  Slotted into a midfield berth efficiently and completed the job for the Saints, taking over from Wotherspoon. Played his part throughout the competition.

Booked:  Dunne (49), May (53), MacLean (84)

Sent-off:  None

 

Dundee United:
(4-2-3-1)

1 Radoslaw Cierzniak – 6.5/10  Has been an ever-present this term but made elementary errors which cost United dearly. Misjudged the corner for Anderson’s goal and ended up in no mans land. Lost the battle with MacLean for the second. Did not look at his most accomplished best.

12 Keith Watson – 7/10   Part of the 2010 Scottish Cup winning team but did not experience the same feeling this time around. Was a constant source of width from the right as ever but his supply lacked quality. Caught out positionally at times.

5 Gavin Gunning – 6.5/10  The Irishman took up a more advanced position in the final 20 minutes but was defensively unstable all afternoon. Never looked assured and invited pressure from the Saints forwards. Took his frustrations out late on by picking up a needless yellow card.

2 Sean Dillon – 6.5/10  The most experienced United defender did not express any signs of command or leadership and was just as vulnerable as the other three. Looked particularly shaky at set-pieces and often panicked at the sight of Stevie May.

26 Andrew Robertson – 7/10  The PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year got forward in his typically robust manner, always on the move and looking to pick out the right cross. Had the required desire but just not enough to overcome the Saints.

6 Paul Paton – 7.5/10  Screened the back four in his usual diligent way but could not provide the penetrable passes to trouble the Saints defence. Sacrificed in the latter stages as their need became increasingly urgent.

8 John Rankin – 7/10  His first taste of a major cup final and not one he is likely to remember with any fondness. Harried off the ball frequently and could not settle in the opening exchanges. Got better in the second half in retaining possession. A couple of wayward shots off target to boot.

11 Gary Mackay-Steven – 7/10  Dragged a shot wide in the first half and had a couple of purposeful runs into St Johnstone territory but his overall contribution was sparse. Had no real impetus in the attacking third for United.

10 Stuart Armstrong (C) – 6/10  The Scotland Under-21 captain was virtually anonymous and very disappointing by his usual standards. His first-touch left plenty to be desired, lacked the creative spark he is normally associated with and struggled to have any kind of impact.

18 Ryan Dow – 8/10  The 22-year-old Dundee-born midfielder has had an outstanding campaign and was probably United’s best player on the day. Hit the post with a flicked effort in the first half and provided several dangerous corners. Always looked to get on the front foot.

21 Nadir Ciftci – 7/10  Controlled a number of long passes that came into his path and held the ball up well. Hit the crossbar with a free-kick and had a couple of other efforts which came close. Did not get himself in the box enough as the main striker, often picking up possession some 30 yards from goal.

Substitutes bench:
25 McCallum (GK), 16 Wilson, 20 Souttar, 27 Gomis, 19 Gauld, 9 Graham, 29 El Alagui. 

Subs used:

Gauld (for Mackay-Steven, 63 mins) – 4.5/10  Came on for Mackay-Steven and tried to bring something different to the table but could not have a significant impact on proceedings.

Graham (for Paton, 77 mins) – 2.5/10  The former Raith Rovers striker added a different dimension to the United attack, a greater presence in the latter stages. Had a couple of half chances but could not make anything of them.

Booked:  Paton (52), Gunning (90), Ciftci (90+3)

Sent-off:  None

Man of the Match:  Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) – 9.5/10

Poorest Performer of the Match:  Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) – 6/10

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