skip to content
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Dixon, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Paul Dixon, Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
John Potter receives a caution. Free kick awarded for a foul by John Potter on Johnny Russell. Prince Buaben hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-2 St Mirren.
Long distance effort from Patrick Cregg misses to the left of the goal.
Ryan Dow is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Corner taken by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, save made by Craig Samson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Dixon, Shot from deep inside the area by Jon Daly goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Keith Watson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kenneth McLean, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
Keith Watson goes into the referee's book. Keith Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenneth McLean. Direct free kick taken by Jure Travner.
Darren McGregor fouled by Jon Daly, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
Kenneth McLean comes on in place of Gareth Wardlaw.
Johnny Russell comes on in place of Morgaro Gomis.
Patrick Cregg goes into the book. Morgaro Gomis fouled by Patrick Cregg, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Jon Daly. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Paul McGowan, Michael Higdon gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-2 St Mirren.Paul McGowan provided the assist for the goal.
David Goodwillie takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Sean Dillon. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.
Gareth Wardlaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Watson. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Gareth Wardlaw is cautioned. Danny Cadamarteri goes off and Jon Daly comes on.
Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.
Patrick Cregg has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the left of the goal.
Gareth Wardlaw challenges Prince Buaben unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morgaro Gomis takes the direct free kick. Ryan Dow joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Robertson.
Garry Kenneth concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Booking for Garry Kenneth for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Sean Lynch. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
Handball decision goes against David Goodwillie. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Gareth Wardlaw fouled by Garry Kenneth, the ref awards a free kick. Paul McGowan takes the direct free kick, Sean Lynch produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
A goal is scored by Michael Higdon from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 St Mirren.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan, save by Dusan Pernis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Wardlaw on Garry Kenneth. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
Paul McGowan fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. John Potter takes the free kick.
Sean Lynch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Hugh Murray.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Prince Buaben. Patrick Cregg takes the direct free kick, Michael Higdon has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Paul McGowan is caught offside. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Scott Robertson takes a shot.
Morgaro Gomis challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Cregg produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.
Keith Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner. Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Dixon, clearance by John Potter.
Shot from long range by Michael Higdon misses to the right of the target.
Michael Higdon challenges Sean Dillon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
The game gets underway.
The half-time whistle blows.
The second half has started.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Goodwillie poised to return
Dundee United are set to start with striker David Goodwillie for the visit of St Mirren.
The Scotland Under-21 man came off the bench to score the winner against Hamilton last weekend and is likely to be restored to the starting line-up. Fellow striker Jon Daly is also set to come back in following a hamstring problem.
Defenders Scott Severin (ankle), Darren Dods and Mihael Kovacevic (both knee) are all ruled out while United have doubts over Danny Swanson and Craig Conway.
Severin and Dods could both be set for more time out after learning they need surgery.
Severin has been missing with an ankle problem and will need a tidy-up operation, while Dods - who has been battling a knee injury - is also needing a minor procedure to aid his recovery.
The pair will be booked into hospital this week so are likely to face further time on the sidelines.
Manager Peter Houston said: "Scott Severin has had an X-ray and he's going to need a wee tidy up on his ankle.
"So that's likely to keep him out for a few weeks more, which is a blow because he's been playing well for us.
"He will be booked in as soon as possible so hopefully we'll know by tomorrow just exactly when he can get it done.
"And Darren Dods is also going back to his specialist and there's a chance he'll also need a clean-up job on his knee.
"His options are to leave it for a few weeks to see how it settles down or go for the operation.
"I think he'll opt for the latter one because we don't want to wait another few weeks and find out he needs it anyway.
"It's not the best news from the team's point of view but we'll just have to get on with it. The positives to take from it are that Garry Kenneth and Sean Dillon have been playing well.
"Sean has proved he's so versatile, playing in a number of positions for the team and with the form he's in at the moment I'm not sure anyone would be able to dislodge him from the side."
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has no fresh injury concerns.
Craig Dargo, David Barron and Steven Robb are all edging closer to fitness but the trip to Tannadice comes too soon for them.
That means Lennon could name a similar side to the one who lost to Rangers at the weekend, after his players came through the match unscathed.
St Mirren were held to a draw by a last-minute United leveller in the opening game of the season and Lennon urged his players to focus for the full 90 minutes this time around.
"We did okay in the first half and they came back into it," he said.
"Now that it's second time around, we know a bit more about them. You get to see them in other fixtures, as well as your own games.
"At the risk of sounding like a broken record, every game is very difficult but we just have to make sure we are at the races for 90 minutes.
"We know how difficult it is to win a game at Tannadice, they have a very good record there, but we are certainly looking to go there and pick up points."
Higdon hits the heights
Two clinical strikes from Michael Higdon saw St Mirren move off the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table with a 2-1 victory at Dundee United, their first away win of the season.
Higdon struck after 41 and 65 minutes as Saints claimed their first points on the road to deny United a third straight success.
Prince Buaben powered in an 86th-minute free-kick to set up a tense finale, but United suffered a third home loss of the campaign.
United were seeking to build on victories over Hibernian and Hamilton, but in a limp display failed to test Saints goalkeeper Craig Samson until Buaben's late strike.
David Goodwillie came off the bench last Saturday to net the winner at Accies after spending time in police custody for an incident in Glasgow city centre last week.
But the striker, recalled to the starting line-up, was kept quiet by the visiting defence and United's poor quality in attack as his run of scoring in consecutive SPL matches was halted at six.
With Craig Levein naming his Scotland squad for next week's friendly with the Faroe Islands tomorrow, Goodwillie was among the players looking to impress.
But a poor first half was enlivened only when Higdon netted after 41 minutes.
The visitors had numerous half-chances before taking the lead.
Higdon shot tamely wide from 20 yards after being presented with the ball by United captain Garry Kenneth - capped by ex-United boss Levein in August's friendly with Sweden - midway inside the hosts' half.
The Buddies had another chance when Jure Travner whipped in a left-footed cross and Gareth Wardlaw at the far post headed into the side netting.
Scott Robertson fired narrowly over from 25 yards for United, before Higdon's backwards header looped high and off target.
Saints were forced into an early change after 30 minutes, with Sean Lynch replacing Hugh Murray, who appeared groggy after a clash of heads.
But the change in personnel did not impact on the visitors, as Higdon capitalised on a defensive error to put them in front.
Sean Dillon slipped and missed a long ball forward and Higdon took possession before tucking a clinical finish into the bottom right corner from 12 yards.
Kenneth was booked for a late lunge on Paul McGowan early in the second half before United manager Peter Houston sought fresh attacking impetus with the introductions of Ryan Dow and Jon Daly, who netted an 89th-minute leveller when the teams drew 1-1 in August.
Goodwillie then had a header held by Samson from Scott Robertson's right-wing cross after 63 minutes before Saints struck for a second time two minutes later as Kenneth's fraught evening continued.
McGowan kept the ball in on the right, hit an accurate, deep cross which Kenneth mis-judged and Higdon, with time and space, controlled the ball on his thigh before powering in beyond United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis from 16 yards.
United finally had an effort on target four minutes from time and Samson was beaten.
John Potter was booked for a cynical challenge as substitute Johnny Russell raced forward and Buaben powered the resulting 30-yard free-kick into the top corner.
But Saints held United at bay in three minutes of added time as the visitors claimed a deserved win.
"Who will win the PL title this season - 2013/14?"
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk