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Jon Daly delivers the ball.
Effort on goal by John Rankin from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is swung over by Robbie Neilson, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by David Barron. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Jim Goodwin. Paul Dixon takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Paul McGowan from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by John Rankin on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. John Rankin goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Douglas Imrie restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by John Rankin on Steven Thompson, free kick awarded. Lee Mair takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Douglas Imrie.
Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, Lee Mair makes a clearance.
Gary Mackay-Steven takes a short corner.
Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, clearance by Steven Thompson.
The official flags Jon Daly offside. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line, clearance by Marc McAusland.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line, Header by Jon Daly from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Johnny Russell takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.
Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Mooy from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jim Goodwin misses to the left of the goal.
Centre by Jeroen Tesselaar, clearance made by Robbie Neilson.
Gary Mackay-Steven fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Nigel Hasselbaink comes on in place of Graham Carey. (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Aaron Mooy coming on for Gary Teale.
Unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by John Rankin results in a free kick. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Douglas Imrie. Stuart Armstrong leaves the field to be replaced by Milos Lacny. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Foul by Jon Daly on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robbie Neilson on Douglas Imrie. Free kick taken by Graham Carey, Gavin Gunning delivers the ball, Gavin Gunning manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Teale, clearance made by Scott Robertson.
Centre by Graham Carey, clearance by Paul Dixon.
The referee books Douglas Imrie for dissent.
Gary Mackay-Steven has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the left of the goal.
Paul McGowan is shown a yellow card for dissent.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, Paul McGowan manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by David Barron results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Paul Dixon, clearance made by Jeroen Tesselaar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Douglas Imrie. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
John Rankin takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Jeroen Tesselaar produces a cross, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Russell. Paul Dixon delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
Gary Teale fouled by Gary Mackay-Steven, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Carey.
Stuart Armstrong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Rankin. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon from left channel, Paul McGowan makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line, Douglas Imrie challenges Dusan Pernis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Stuart Armstrong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Graham Carey. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Douglas Imrie. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Paul McGowan fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Teale by Paul Dixon. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Gary Teale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
Gary Mackay-Steven takes a inswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by David Barron. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Paul Dixon, Lee Mair makes a clearance.
Graham Carey concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Armstrong. Centre by Paul Dixon, Header from close range by Gavin Gunning misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven played to the near post.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jon Daly. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon.
Gary Mackay-Steven produces a cross.
David Barron challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Barron is shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
The ball is sent over by Sean Dillon, save made by Craig Samson.
The ball is swung over by Paul McGowan.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Mackay-Steven. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Mackay-Steven not the finished article yet - Houston
Dundee United manager Peter Houston believes Gary Mackay-Steven will get even better when he perfects his timing.
The winger became an internet sensation after doing a stunning piece of trickery against St Johnstone last weekend. But Houston is at pains to stress the former Ross County, Liverpool and Airdrie man is not the finished article yet.
Mackay-Steven has made an impressive impact on the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this season but his boss reckons he still has to learn when to release the ball to maximum effect.
He said: "Gary is a very exciting player and he has done brilliantly for us since he came into the team. We know that if we get the ball into the box then guys like Jon Daly will be there to get on the end of them.
"That's one thing we are saying to Gary - get the ball into the box. He can learn from Paul Dixon in that respect because he knows how to put it in the penalty box. I don't care how Gary beats a man as long as he does it then it's all about getting good delivery.
"Gary has improved steadily since he came here and is still learning because he's not played all that many games. I always think the big thing for a winger is knowing when to put the ball into the box."
Garry Kenneth is a doubt ahead of the visit of St Mirren.
The defender hobbled off with a groin injury against St Johnstone last weekend so could miss out.
Danny Swanson is also unlikely to make it after having sugar injections in his knee, while new signing Milos Lacny will again start on the bench.
Long-term injuries Scott Severin (knee) and Felipe Mentel (knee) are out.
Jeroen Tesselaar is desperate for St Mirren to claim a top-six spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, despite admitting he was unfamiliar with the idea of the league split before arriving in Scotland.
The former AZ Alkmaar defender landed at New St Mirren Park in the summer and has been an ever-present in Saints' league campaign so far.
St Mirren travel to Tannadice knowing a win would move them above their sixth-placed hosts.
"Every game is hard between now and the split and we need to pick up as many points as possible," said Tesselaar. "I didn't know there was a split until the beginning of the season, when you play in Holland and you are in the middle of the league, the teams are playing for nothing so the way the league works here makes it more exciting.
"It will be a very hard game against Dundee United, we played well against them earlier in the season and drew the match 1-1.
"We went a goal up before Nigel Hasselbaink was sent off which made things difficult. Since then both teams have improved so it should be an exciting match."
The visitors will be without top scorer Steven Thompson after he was handed a two-match ban after being sent off for an elbow on Ross County's Johnny Flynn in their midweek William Hill Scottish Cup clash.
Saints have no fresh injuries for the game. Hugh Murray remains out with a calf injury and long-term absentees Kenny McLean (collarbone) and Darren McGregor (knee) are also unavailable.
Honours even at Tannadice
Dundee United and St Mirren fought out a goalless draw in a low-key Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter at Tannadice.
It was the visitors' fourth draw in five matches, although neither side showed the cutting edge required to merit all three points.
Substitute Nigel Hasselbaink could have won it for Danny Lennon's men in the closing stages but he was unable to steer the ball home from a Dougie Imrie cross.
United made one enforced change from the team that ran out 5-1 winners against St Johnstone, with Sean Dillon stepping in to replace the injured Garry Kenneth.
The Buddies were missing top scorer Steven Thompson after he was handed a two-match ban for being sent off for an elbow in their midweek William Hill Scottish Cup win over Ross County.
Imrie started in place of the former United striker, while Steven Thomson preferred to Dutchman Hasselbaink who dropped to the bench.
St Mirren, who ended a run of three consecutive draws when they beat Ross County midweek, made a bright start when Paul McGowan showed some neat trickery to evade two defenders but his cross found no takers.
The hosts had a penalty claim turned down after nine minutes when Stuart Armstrong fell in the box under pressure from Jeroen Tesselaar, referee Brian Winter waving play on.
Buddies left-back David Barron picked up the first booking of the match for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven a minute later.
United carved out their first real opening after 24 minutes when Paul Dixon's cross found Jon Daly who should have done better than head wide, although he was flagged offside in any case.
Daly was involved again three minutes later when he was inches away from connecting with Mackay-Steven's back-post corner as United began to enjoy the better of proceedings.
And the hosts went even closer on the half-hour mark when Dixon's free-kick was headed across the face of goal by Gavin Gunning but Daly was unable to apply the finishing touch.
The Buddies had Marc McAusland to thank after 34 minutes when the defender made a superbly-timed challenge on Johnny Russell just as the United striker looked set to pull the trigger.
St Mirren had an early scare after the break when goalkeeper Craig Samson fumbled a John Rankin drive but managed to gather the loose ball at the second attempt.
Imrie was booked for dissent after 55 minutes before the hosts made their first change, bringing on Milos Lacny for Armstrong.
A Carey cross fell kindly for Teale at the back post but the former Sheffield Wednesday player's touch deserted him at the vital moment.
The visitors also shuffled their pack with Hasselbaink and Aaron Mooy introduced for Carey and Teale.
United midfielder Rankin fired a deflected shot wide for a fruitless corner as the home side tried to break the deadlock.
Hasselbaink could have netted a late winner for the Buddies but the Dutchman, who was sent off when the sides met at Tannadice earlier in the season, could not turn Imrie's cross past Dusan Pernis in the United goal.
There was still time for Imrie to test Pernis from distance but the Slovakian keeper was equal to the winger's low drive.
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