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Jon Daly takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alexei Eremenko, clearance by Barry Douglas. Barry Douglas leaves the field to be replaced by Jon Daly.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Goodwillie on Frazer Wright. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Douglas, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
David Silva comes on in place of Mehdi Taouil.
Daniel Swanson is brought on as a substitute for Stuart Armstrong.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alexei Eremenko.
Corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line, Manuel Pascali produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Douglas from the right by-line, Header on goal by Garry Kenneth from just inside the area goes over the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Prince Buaben is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Barry Douglas from the right by-line.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas, clearance made by Conor Sammon.
Outswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Johnny Russell takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
Alexei Eremenko produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Alexei Eremenko goes into the book for dissent.
Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis. Barry Douglas takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by David Goodwillie from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Barry Douglas challenges Jamie Hamill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
The referee shows Manuel Pascali a yellow card.
Inswinging corner taken by Mehdi Taouil from the left by-line.
Foul by Garry Kenneth on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Garry Kenneth is shown a yellow card for dissent. Alexei Eremenko has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Scott Robertson leaves the field to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong. Save made by Cameron Bell.
Conor Sammon takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Johnny Russell scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-1 Kilmarnock.Assist by David Goodwillie.
Goal scored by Conor Sammon from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Kilmarnock.Assist on the goal came from Mehdi Taouil.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas, clearance made by Craig Bryson.
Alexei Eremenko takes a inswinging corner.
Inswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. Barry Douglas takes the indirect free kick.
Jamie Hamill is given a yellow card.
Corner from right by-line taken by Barry Douglas. Inswinging corner taken by Barry Douglas from the right by-line, clearance made by Craig Bryson.
The referee gets the match started.
It is the end of the first-half.
The second half has started.
The match has reached full-time.
Houston impressed by Killie upturn
Dundee United manager Peter Houston is not surprised in the least to see Kilmarnock become the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's form team.
Houston watched Mixu Paatelainen's side beat Hearts a fortnight ago and went away thinking they looked more like a comfortable top six team than the relegation candidates everyone had predicted.
Paatelainen took over in the summer after Jimmy Calderwood saved Killie from relegation last season and is working with largely the same group of players.
However, the addition of Finland international Alexei Eremenko by the former Cowdenbeath and Hibernian boss has been a masterstroke and Houston has nothing but admiration for the job his fellow manager has done so far.
He said: "I have said all along that outwith the Old Firm, anybody can beat anybody. That's the way the league is this year and Kilmarnock are showing that just now.
"I saw their good run coming because I saw them for myself at Hearts and they were brilliant that day.
"They were down the table, but I remember thinking they looked like a top six team and they have kept that form going.
"I looked at their team from the other night, we had Stevie Campbell there and we had Dave Bowman watching them on Saturday against St Johnstone at Perth.
"The reports from those games were impressive, but there are only three players new to the team.
"They have brought in Eremenko, Ben Gordon and the lad (Mohamadou) Sissoko, but the rest of them have been playing for Killie for years.
"I think Mixu has done really well and he has got the shape of his team the way he wants and is using the his players well.
"He has taken the squad he inherited, added a few players and is getting the best out of them."
United lost to St Mirren on Wednesday after producing a performance Houston described as one of their worst of the season.
The Tangerines' form has been patchy this season but Houston has always watched his players bounce back from adversity and is backing them to do the same again.
He said: "I thought they played well against Hamilton and in stages against Hibs, and they are grinding out results, so while I was disappointed on Wednesday night I have not forgotten that.
"We were not hungry enough and I thought St Mirren were hungrier and that's something I can't label my players with very often."
United are without Craig Conway, who is to have a knee operation on Tuesday and will be out for around two months, while Darren Dods, Scott Severin and Mihael Kovacevic are also ruled out.
Midfielder Danny Swanson, meanwhile, could make a comeback after returning to training after receiving a facial injury in an alleged assault last week.
Kilmarnock expect Frazer Wright to be fit despite limping off with a back/hip injury midway through the second half of their midweek win over Hamilton.
And the defender aims to keep proving critics wrong as the Ayrshire club seek a fourth consecutive SPL triumph.
Killie have completed 3-0 victories over Hearts, St Johnstone and Hamilton and will move into the top six if they make it four in a row against United.
Wright said: "If we can break into the top six that would be massive, especially with people at the start of the season tipping us for relegation.
"Any time you picked up a paper in the build-up to the start of the season it was us or St Mirren that were favourites to go down. So hopefully by the end of the season it would be good to prove people wrong.
"When you read it at the time it's a bit annoying because people didn't really know about the boys who were coming in or how the manager was going to play.
"Some of the pre-season games we did well, we were winning games and we drew with Blackpool.
"You could see the quality the gaffer had brought in so people didn't really know what they were talking about."
As well as bringing in some skilful foreign players, Paatelainen has rejuvenated the likes of striker Conor Sammon, whose 10-goal tally so far this season comfortably beats his total for his first two years at Rugby Park put together.
Wright said: "From the first day the gaffer came in he told us how he wanted us to play.
"He wanted to pass it on the deck and that's what we've been doing. It's starting to pay off now.
"Before I would never have wanted the ball off the goalkeeper, now we're trying to get it off the goalkeeper all the time and build things from the back. So my game has changed a lot."
United and Killie share the spoils
Dundee United and Kilmarnock shared the spoils in an entertaining tussle that ended 1-1 at Tannadice.
The visitors opened the scoring after 22 minutes when Conor Sammon latched onto Mehdi Taouil's clever pass and smashed the ball low past Dusan Pernis in the United goal.
However Peter Houston's men got back on level terms within a minute when Johnny Russell prodded the ball past Bell for his second goal for the club.
The second half failed to produce as much goalmouth action as the opening period but some of Kilmarnock's passing was a joy to watch, with on-loan midfielder Alexei Eremenko at the heart of most that was good for the Rugby Park outfit.
United made two changes from the side that slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to St Mirren on Wednesday evening, with Barry Douglas and Russell preferred to midfielder David Robertson and striker Danny Cadamarteri, who both dropped to the bench.
Unsurprisingly Killie, on the back of three consecutive 3-0 victories, were unchanged from the team that defeated Hamilton in midweek, with defender Frazer Wright shrugging off a back injury to take his place in the starting XI.
After an impeccably well observed minute's silence in honour of Remembrance Day, the match kicked off with David Goodwillie, full of confidence after receiving his first call-up to the Scotland senior squad, trying an audacious shot from the halfway line that Cameron Bell managed to gather at the second attempt.
United's positive start continued as Prince Buaben's driven cross was headed just wide by his skipper Garry Kenneth.
The Scotland defender created the home side's next opening when he showed a terrific piece of skill to control an awkward long pass before sending an enticing cross into the box for Russell, who should have done better than head wide.
The visitors weathered the early storm and had a goal ruled out when Wright headed home an Eremenko corner for a foul on Kenneth.
And the Ayrshire side opened the scoring after 22 minutes when striker Sammon raced onto Taouil's intelligent through-ball and the Irishman drilled the ball past Slovakian stopper Pernis.
But United restored parity within 60 seconds when Russell was quickest to react to Buaben's cute pass into the area and prodded the ball past the advancing Bell.
Paul Dixon prevented the visitors restoring their advantage when he slid in to prevent Craig Bryson tapping into an unguarded net after Pernis had made a fine save to keep out Sammon's powerful left-foot drive.
Eremenko's curling free-kick bounced back off the upright before United made an enforced change on the half-hour mark when Scott Robertson limped off to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong.
United ended the half on top, with Killie defender Mahamadou Sissoko making a last-ditch block to cut out Morgaro Gomis' goalbound effort before Douglas whipped a free-kick inches past the post.
Eremenko was cautioned within five minutes of the restart for simulation after he fell to ground too easily under pressure from Kenneth.
The omnipresent Finnish midfielder was then unfortunate to hit the side-netting after some direct running from playmaker Taouil.
United still looked dangerous on the counter-attack with Russell using great control to dart away from full-back Ben Gordon, but Bell was equal to his low shot.
The visitors continued to push for the winner with United keeper Pernis relieved to watch an Eremenko effort take a wicked deflection of Ghanaian midfielder Buaben and bounce out for a fruitless corner.
With 11 minutes remaining substitute Armstrong was replaced by Danny Swanson, who was making his comeback from injury.
Both sides survived a few scares in the closing stages, with United substitute Jon Daly guilty of spurning two excellent chances, to each take a deserved point from an exciting 90 minutes.
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