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Unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by James Fowler results in a free kick. The referee shows James Fowler a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Prince Buaben, save made by Cameron Bell.
David Goodwillie produces a curled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Cameron Bell.
Foul by James Fowler on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Jon Daly comes on in place of Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Caution for Tim Clancy. Caution for Garry Kenneth.
Inswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line played to the near post, Manuel Pascali finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Dundee Utd 4-2 Kilmarnock.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
David Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Agard. Stuart Armstrong joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Robertson. James Fowler restarts play with the free kick.
Johnny Russell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
The referee blows for offside. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
Alexei Eremenko decides to take a short corner.
Effort from 25 yards by Alexei Eremenko. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Prince Buaben concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexei Eremenko. Free kick taken by James Fowler.
Foul by David Goodwillie on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
Alexei Eremenko has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save.
Shot from just outside the box by Prince Buaben misses to the left of the goal.
Shot from just outside the box by Craig Conway goes over the target.
Kieran Agard on for William Gros.
Daniel Swanson goes off and Johnny Russell comes on.
David Silva gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 4-1 Kilmarnock.Assist on the goal came from James Fowler.
The referee penalises David Goodwillie for handball. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Craig Conway is ruled offside. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on James Dayton by Barry Douglas results in a free kick. Barry Douglas goes into the referee's book. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill by Craig Conway results in a free kick. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.
Barry Douglas concedes a free kick for a foul on James Dayton. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jamie Hamill from right wing, save by Dusan Pernis.
Alexei Eremenko takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Kenneth.
James Fowler concedes a free kick for a foul on David Robertson. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Unfair challenge on Alexei Eremenko by Scott Robertson results in a free kick. Scott Robertson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from right channel, clearance by Keith Watson.
James Fowler challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the free kick. The ball is swung over by Craig Conway, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
James Dayton takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Prince Buaben.
Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Craig Conway gets on the score sheet with a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 4-0 Kilmarnock.Assist by David Robertson.
The ball is swung over by David Robertson, David Goodwillie finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Dundee Utd 3-0 Kilmarnock.Assist on the goal came from David Robertson.
Effort from deep inside the area by David Goodwillie clears the bar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Robertson from the right by-line, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
David Silva on for Craig Bryson. Ryan O'Leary leaves the field to be replaced by James Dayton.
Effort on goal by Craig Conway from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line.
Barry Douglas challenges William Gros unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alexei Eremenko, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Garry Hay by Daniel Swanson results in a free kick. Alexei Eremenko takes the free kick.
Centre by Craig Conway, David Goodwillie finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Dundee Utd 2-0 Kilmarnock.Craig Conway provided the assist for the goal.
Short corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by Scott Robertson. Alexei Eremenko takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Garry Hay on Keith Watson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Robertson.
The referee blows for offside against William Gros. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
William Gros takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Prince Buaben challenges Manuel Pascali unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Conway, Scott Severin finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Dundee Utd 1-0 Kilmarnock.Assist on the goal came from Craig Conway.
Craig Conway takes a short corner.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Conway, Ryan O'Leary makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.
Garry Hay sends in a cross, Tim Clancy produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Corner taken short by Alexei Eremenko.
Corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Prince Buaben.
Alexei Eremenko takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Foul by Manuel Pascali on Garry Kenneth, free kick awarded. Manuel Pascali shown a yellow card. Shot on goal comes in from Barry Douglas from the free kick,
Craig Conway takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Garry Hay.
Daniel Swanson takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
The assistant referee signals for offside against David Robertson. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
James Fowler challenges Prince Buaben unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Scott Severin.
Prince Buaben has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
David Goodwillie takes a shot.
Scott Robertson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Prince Buaben takes a shot.
Houston: Old Firm hammerings in the past
Peter Houston insists neither his Dundee United players nor Kilmarnock's will suffer any hangover from their midweek Old Firm thrashings.
Both teams were beaten 4-0 by the title-chasing Glasgow giants and meet at Tannadice this weekend to resume their battle for fourth place.
Houston, whose team lost to Rangers, reckons both squads will already be over the experience of losing heavily and will be primed to do battle tomorrow.
Killie have surprised everyone with their form this season and were involved in a thrilling 2-2 draw with United earlier in the season.
Houston described that game as the best he has seen this year and expects this weekend's encounter to be equally entertaining.
He said: "The games against Killie this season have been crackers.
"The one at Tannadice earlier in the season was one of the best games I have been involved in. I think Mixu (Paatelainen, then Killie boss) and myself both came out afterwards talking about how good a game it was.
"Killie have lost Connor Sammon but still have guys like (Alexei) Eremenko in their side. They are great going forward and I'm expecting another cracking game this time.
"I watched them against Celtic in midweek but it was hard to judge them on that. Anyone who came up against Celtic in that form would find it difficult. Anyone in the SPL outwith Rangers would have struggled against them.
"The teams outside the Old Firm don't look at those games as ones you expect to win. If you take something from them it's a bonus and you always try to take points off them.
"But when you lose it's not one you beat yourself up about. We lost to Rangers in midweek and Killie lost to Celtic.
"I think both teams will be able to erase those defeats quickly and I don't think there will be any hangover from either side this weekend.
"It will be a very close and even game and there will be goals, I am confident about that."
Houston, who has Keith Watson back from injury but is without Paul Dixon, Morgaro Gomis, Sean Dillon and Mihael Kovacevic because of bans, revealed the club are continuing contract talks with midfielder David Robertson.
Meanwhile, David Da Silva believes Kilmarnock simply must win their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United at Tannadice tomorrow to have a hope of finishing fourth this season.
The Rugby Park club travel to Tayside five points behind fourth-placed United and on the back of a 4-0 home defeat to Celtic in midweek.
And with five games remaining this season, the Portuguese striker, 24, knows time is running out.
"We know it is a vital match for us," he said. "We have to win if we are to get fourth.
"We have to forget what happened against Celtic and try to be at our best.
"The manager told us to try to forget what happened against them and focus on the game on Saturday, which is more important for us.
"Finishing fourth would be a big achievement because last season we were battling relegation. No one was expecting us to be so high this season.
"Even fifth is a good finish but we will try to finish as high as possible."
Da Silva insists the Killie players have got over the taunts from the travelling supporters who cheered every pass when the Hoops were playing keep-ball late in the game.
"Of course you don't feel good with a heavy defeat but I think Celtic played well," the former CSKA Sofia and Porto player said.
"We made a lot of mistakes and they punished us. That is the best performance I have come up against this season.
"If they keep it going like that they have a big, big chance of becoming champions, and the fans cheering their passing is just part of the game.
"When you are losing by a large margin, of course, the crowd try to annoy you.
"It happens, it's football and you just try to forget it and concentrate on the game."
Killie caretaker boss Kenny Shiels is confident his players have recovered from their midweek mauling and are ready to go again against United.
"The players are okay," he said. "Kilmarnock have been beaten by Celtic before and they were very good on Wednesday night.
"Sometimes you get these results and you have to move on."
Kilmarnock are still without Mehdi Taouil (hamstring), Frazer Wright (shoulder) and Mohamadou Sissoko (groin) for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United at Tannadice.
Scott Evans is sidelined with a hernia problem which requires an operation.
James Dayton is pushing for a first start following his recovery from cruciate ligament damage.
Team (from): Jaakkola, Clancy, Hamill, O'Leary, Pascali, Eremenko, Fowler, Bryson, Mendes Silva, Kelly, Hay, Gros, Agard, Berntsson, Letheren, Aubameyang, Dayton, Rui Miguel.
Classy Conway floors Killie
A dazzling display from Craig Conway helped Dundee United to a 4-2 victory over a poor Kilmarnock side at Tannadice.
The winger set up United's first three goals before producing a wonder strike to seal the victory.
Scott Severin scored his first goal for United after 25 minutes with a downward header before David Goodwillie nodded home seven minutes before the break.
Goodwillie doubled his tally when he headed home two minutes after the restart before Conway netted with a wonderful strike after 49 minutes.
Substitute David Silva pulled a goal back for Killie with a long-range strike before Manuel Pascali nodded home a second in the dying stages, but United held on for a deserved win.
The result moves United eight points clear of fifth-placed Kilmarnock, who have now gone four matches without a win under caretaker boss Kenny Shiels.
United were without Morgaro Gomis, Sean Dillon and Mihael Kovacevic who were all shown red cards in their heavy midweek defeat to Rangers.
Keith Watson, Barry Douglas and Prince Buaben came in to replace the suspended trio, while Johnny Russell made way for Conway.
Kilmarnock made two changes from the team that conceded four at home to Celtic with goalkeeper Cameron Bell replacing Anssi Jaakkola and Garry Hay starting ahead of Silva who dropped to the bench.
United had won seven of their previous nine home matches in the SPL and started the game brightly with Buaben flashing a shot over the bar from distance and Scott Robertson curling an effort wide.
The hosts went desperately close when Goodwillie robbed Pascali of possession before crashing a thunderous drive off the underside off the crossbar.
Bell produced a fine stop to deny Danny Swanson before Pascali picked up the first booking of the match for a foul on United skipper Garry Kenneth.
United were thwarted by the woodwork for a second time from the resulting set-piece with Douglas' free-kick bouncing back off the bar.
And the inevitable opener for United came after 25 minutes when a Conway corner was headed home by the unmarked Severin.
The Terrors almost gifted Killie an equaliser when William Gros raced onto Buaben's careless pass, but the Frenchman's shot was well stopped by Dusan Pernis.
However, United scored a deserved second after 38 minutes with Conway again providing the ammunition with an enticing delivery into the penalty area which was bravely headed home at the near post by Goodwillie.
Killie made a double switch at the break with Silva and James Dayton introduced at the expense of skipper Craig Bryson and Ryan O'Leary.
However, it was United who extended their lead within two minutes of the restart when Conway produced another teasing cross for Goodwillie, who headed past the despairing Bell for his 16th league goal of the season.
And the Kilmarnock goalkeeper was picking the ball out of his net again after 49 minutes when Conway unleashed a magnificent strike from 25 yards that flew into the top corner.
The visitors pulled a goal back after 70 minutes thanks to substitute Silva's equally stunning strike from distance.
Conway rifled another effort over the bar with his left foot as the hosts searched for a fifth.
But it was Kilmarnock who scored a second with three minutes remaining when Pascali rose to head home Silva's in-swinging corner.
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