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Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Richie Ryan. Barry Douglas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Gardyne by Jim Goodwin. Jim Goodwin is cautioned. Barry Douglas restarts play with the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Barry Douglas from the left by-line, Foul by Gavin Gunning on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McGowan on Michael Gardyne. Barry Douglas hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-4 St Mirren.Assist by Michael Gardyne.
(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Graham Carey coming on for John McGinn.
Johnny Russell challenges Paul Dummett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rudi Skacel by Jim Goodwin. John Rankin restarts play with the free kick.
Sam Parkin on for Steven Thompson.
A goal is scored by David van Zanten from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-4 St Mirren.Assist by Gary Teale.
Richie Ryan replaces Keith Watson. Rudi Skacel is brought on as a substitute for Mark Millar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian McLean on Lewis Guy. Brian McLean dismissed for violent conduct. (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with David Barron coming on for Jon Robertson. Jim Goodwin crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Michael Gardyne produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Gary Teale fouled by Brian McLean, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Gary Teale, Marc McAusland finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-3 St Mirren.Gary Teale provided the assist for the goal.
Michael Gardyne takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc McAusland on Barry Douglas. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Douglas, blocked by Gary Teale.
Barry Douglas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Teale. Marc McAusland takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas to the near post, clearance by Jon Robertson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Jon Daly. Free kick taken by David van Zanten.
The referee gives a free kick against John Rankin for handball. Marc McAusland takes the free kick.
Steven Thompson finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-2 St Mirren.
Corner taken by Gary Teale, save by Radoslaw Cierzniak. Inswinging corner taken by Gary Teale.
Stuart Armstrong finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-1 St Mirren.Assist by Mark Millar.
Paul Dummett gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Jon Daly. Booking for Paul Dummett for unsporting behaviour. Jon Daly scores a placed penalty. Dundee Utd 1-1 St Mirren.
Barry Douglas takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Jon Robertson.
Jon Daly challenges Craig Samson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Guy by Gavin Gunning. Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
John Rankin challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Steven Thompson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the direct free kick. Unfair challenge on Brian McLean by Lewis Guy results in a free kick. Brian McLean takes the free kick.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Michael Gardyne coming on for Willo Flood.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Dummett on Willo Flood. Barry Douglas has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Craig Samson. Outswinging corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line, clearance made by Jim Goodwin. Corner taken right-footed by Barry Douglas from the left by-line, Jon Daly produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Steven Thompson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken by Gary Teale, Steven Thompson takes a shot. Gavin Gunning gets a block in.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas, save by Craig Samson.
A cross is delivered by Gary Teale, A goal is scored by Paul Dummett from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 St Mirren.Gary Teale provided the assist for the goal.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jon Daly misses to the left of the goal. The assistant referee signals for offside against Jon Daly. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line, Jon Robertson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thompson on Brian McLean. Free kick taken by Brian McLean.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Willo Flood on Paul McGowan. Shot comes in from Gary Teale from the free kick, save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak. Gary Teale takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Johnny Russell makes a clearance.
Steven Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radoslaw Cierzniak. Free kick taken by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
The referee blows for offside. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Willo Flood takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from inside the box by Gavin Gunning misses to the right of the target.
Watson aiming to prove fitness
Dundee United full-back Keith Watson hopes to recover in time to face St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Sunday.
Watson went off nursing a shoulder injury in the Tayside derby draw against St Johnstone on Boxing Day.
Winger Gary Mackay-Steven is still out after breaking his hand recently while Sean Dillon is set to be sidelined again as he struggles to get over a thigh injury.
Manager Peter Houston believes there is no better time to end their Tannadice hoodoo.
The Tangerines have failed to win at home since August 19, when they triumphed 3-0 over city rivals Dundee, but they have since found it tough going on home soil with a succession of draws hampering their season.
United shared the spoils with Tayside neighbours St Johnstone in a Boxing Day 1-1 draw at Tannadice, that result coming after Houston's men threw away a 3-0 lead against Inverness, needing a late Jon Daly penalty to secure a 4-4 draw.
Now the Tangerines have a chance to make amends when Danny Lennon's Buddies visit on Sunday, and Houston wants to see his side end 2012 with a home victory.
He said: "It would be the ideal way to finish the year.
"We're looking to get a home win for ourselves and, of course, for the fans.
"Our home form obviously hasn't been what we'd like and we should have taken more points from certain games this season.
"But there's no point dwelling on it too much.
"What we have to try and do is go out there and get the three points which would make everyone associated with the club happy.
"I'm sure the fans will turn out in good numbers again so it's important we do everything possible to give them something to show for our efforts."
St Mirren will be without Kenny McLean after he underwent minor knee surgery which is expected to sideline him for a number of weeks.
But Marc McAusland and Jim Goodwin are both back from suspension, while Paul Dummett could also come into contention after missing the Boxing Day draw at Inverness with a muscle complaint.
Lennon said: "Dundee United beat us narrowly 1-0 here the last time with a late penalty after us taking the game to them. It's important that we bring all our key strengths.
"Dundee United perhaps don't start the first half of the season particularly well but we know, over their history, that they finish extremely well on top.
"That's something we must be aware of. Hopefully we've got them in the right half of the year.
"We have had good results in our last two games - a win and a draw - against two teams who are sitting joint second top of the league.
"That's encouraging and will breed a little bit of confidence.
"But the main part of our success is the group of players working hard for each other and playing as a team.
"That's been the key to our joy at this moment in time."
"Benitez is manager of the month"