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  • Date:28 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Mirren Park
  • Attendance:3,811
  • Thompson (26) Carey (31)
  • Daly (30)
    Armstrong (34)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

The ball is crossed by Jeroen Tesselaar, save made by Dusan Pernis.

90mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Scott Allan. David van Zanten restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Paul McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Rankin. Free kick taken by Robbie Neilson.

86mins

Willo Flood comes on in place of Gary Mackay-Steven. Nigel Hasselbaink is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Mooy.

85mins

Aaron Mooy sends in a cross, Paul Dixon manages to make a clearance.

85mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.

85mins

The ball is swung over by Jeroen Tesselaar, clearance by Paul Dixon.

84mins

Unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Gavin Gunning results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Barron.

83mins

Effort from just outside the area by John Rankin goes over the bar.

82mins

Unfair challenge on John Rankin by David van Zanten results in a free kick. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.

80mins

Jeroen Tesselaar produces a cross.

80mins

John Rankin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Direct free kick taken by David van Zanten.

79mins

Paul Dixon challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Dixon shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by David Barron.

78mins

Scott Allan takes a short corner.

78mins

Scott Allan takes the inswinging corner, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.

78mins

Gary Mackay-Steven sends in a cross, blocked by David Barron.

77mins

Steven Thompson challenges Sean Dillon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.

77mins

Unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Paul McGowan results in a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.

76mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Teale, John Rankin makes a clearance.

76mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Teale by Gavin Gunning. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Teale from right wing.

75mins

David Barron challenges Scott Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Teale joins the action as a substitute, replacing Graham Carey. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.

72mins

The offside flag is raised against Scott Allan. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.

71mins

Shot from just outside the box by Jeroen Tesselaar goes over the bar.

71mins

Scott Allan replaces Stuart Armstrong.

70mins

Aaron Mooy sends in a cross. Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the left by-line, clearance made by Robbie Neilson.

68mins

Foul by Robbie Neilson on Graham Carey, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Graham Carey, clearance made by Scott Robertson.

63mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Graham Carey, Close range header by Steven Thompson goes wide of the left-hand post.

62mins

Centre by Marc McAusland, Robbie Neilson manages to make a clearance.

62mins

The ball is crossed by Kenny McLean, Gavin Gunning gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan from the left by-line, clearance made by Gavin Gunning.

60mins

Unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Gary Mackay-Steven results in a free kick. Paul McGowan takes the direct free kick.

59mins

Shot by Paul McGowan from 18 yards. Save made by Dusan Pernis.

58mins

Stuart Armstrong has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Marc McAusland gets a block in.

57mins

Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.

56mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Mackay-Steven. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.

53mins

Effort from 35+ yards by John Rankin. Save made by Craig Samson. Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line, Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.

52mins

The ball is swung over by David van Zanten, Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save.

52mins

Gary Mackay-Steven concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mooy. David van Zanten takes the direct free kick.

50mins

Aaron Mooy produces a cross.

49mins

David van Zanten produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

48mins

Paul Dixon delivers the ball.

48mins

A cross is delivered by Johnny Russell, clearance made by Kenny McLean.

47mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on David van Zanten. Free kick taken by David Barron. Gary Mackay-Steven produces a drilled left-footed shot from just outside the box that hits the post.

45mins

Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.

43mins

Centre by Jeroen Tesselaar, comfortable save by Dusan Pernis.

42mins

Paul McGowan sends in a cross, Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save.

39mins

Gary Mackay-Steven has a drilled shot. Marc McAusland gets a block in.

38mins

John Rankin challenges Graham Carey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David van Zanten.

38mins

Shot from 18 yards by Johnny Russell. Craig Samson makes a save.

35mins

The ball is crossed by Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong scores a headed goal from close range. St Mirren 2-2 Dundee Utd.Gary Mackay-Steven provided the assist for the goal.

32mins

Graham Carey finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. St Mirren 2-1 Dundee Utd.Aaron Mooy provided the assist for the goal.

32mins

Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.

31mins

Centre by Paul Dixon, Jon Daly scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-1 Dundee Utd.Paul Dixon provided the assist for the goal.

30mins

The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon, Lee Mair makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Mackay-Steven, save made by Craig Samson.

28mins

Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.

27mins

Steven Thompson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Aaron Mooy.

24mins

John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on Graham Carey. Graham Carey produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey played to the near post.

23mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Paul McGowan clears the bar.

22mins

The ball is crossed by Steven Thompson, save by Dusan Pernis. Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line played to the near post, save made by Dusan Pernis.

20mins

Inswinging corner taken by Paul McGowan.

20mins

The ball is delivered by David van Zanten, Robbie Neilson manages to make a clearance.

19mins

Short corner taken by Paul McGowan from the left by-line.

17mins

Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair. Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, Kenny McLean makes a clearance.

16mins

Paul McGowan crosses the ball, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.

16mins

Short corner worked by Paul McGowan.

16mins

Paul McGowan has an effort at goal. Save made by Dusan Pernis.

15mins

The ball is crossed by Jon Daly, blocked by Jeroen Tesselaar.

13mins

Paul Dixon sends in a cross, David van Zanten gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line played to the near post, Lee Mair makes a clearance.

12mins

Aaron Mooy produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

11mins

Foul by Stuart Armstrong on Kenny McLean, free kick awarded. Graham Carey produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

9mins

Aaron Mooy produces a cross, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance. Jeroen Tesselaar takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the target.

8mins

Shot by Jon Daly. Craig Samson makes a save.

6mins

The ball is sent over by Robbie Neilson, blocked by Jeroen Tesselaar.

5mins

Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Graham Carey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Gary Mackay-Steven, Lee Mair makes a clearance.

4mins

Stuart Armstrong fouled by David Barron, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.

2mins

Shot from long range by Paul Dixon misses to the right of the target.

1mins

The ball is sent over by John Rankin, clearance made by Marc McAusland.

1mins

Corner taken short by Gary Mackay-Steven.

1mins

Centre by Johnny Russell, clearance by Marc McAusland.

Match Preview

Lennon wants repeat of Rangers performance St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has demanded more of the same from his players as they prepare to host Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The Buddies are on a high ahead of Wednesday's clash after stunning Rangers with an impressive 2-1 win at the weekend, having already claimed a point from the Scottish champions at Ibrox. Lennon believes their positive results this season have been down to the club's commitment to developing their young players and he insists consistency is now key in the games ahead. He said: "That's the challenge. We had seven players under the age of 24 in the starting 11 on Saturday, plus Nigel Hasselbaink who came on. "Developing fresh young talent is what it's about here. They are performing well and the future is bright. "The challenge for those young players is to show consistency. "We've not won back to back games so far this season but we are on a three-match unbeaten run and we are looking to extend that. "The next two games are against the teams closest to us so they are important games." Lennon's players came through the weekend action unscathed, meaning the Buddies boss has the option of naming the same side who defeated Rangers. Saints have also been boosted by the return of Hugh Murray, who made his first appearance of the season on Saturday after recovering from knee surgery. Dundee United manager Peter Houston praised St Mirren for shaking up the title race by beating Rangers on Saturday, but warned Lennon's men his team are in confident mood ahead of the trip to Paisley. In the last eight games, United's two losses have come against Celtic and Rangers, while in the last three matches - a draw at Kilmarnock sandwiched by wins over Inverness and Hibernian - Houston's men have responded from deficits to gain points. Sixth-placed United are level on points with St Mirren entering the match and Houston is well aware of what lies in store for his side. He said: "It was a great result for St Mirren, whether Rangers have got 10 men, nine men or whatever. To beat Rangers is a good achievement. "They've got guys in the middle of the park who can score goals - young (Paul) McGowan, (Kenny) McLean, (Graham) Carey's very dangerous from set-plays. Then they've got (Nigel) Hasselbaink, (Steven) Thompson and (Aaron) Mooy, who are scoring goals. "All over the pitch they've got players who are capable of being a threat and that's something we've need to look after in what's going to be a difficult fixture away from home. "The boys are buzzing. They're looking forward to (the clash) but we don't take anything for granted because it's a team who will overtake us if we don't get something from the match. "We've got ourselves up the table a wee bit and our aim is to try and at least stay there." United midfielder Willo Flood should be available after missing Saturday's win over Hibernian due to illness. Forward Lauri Dalla Valle has also been ill this week and is a doubt. Danny Swanson (knee) has resumed training as he steps up his rehabilitation, while utility man Scott Severin (broken leg) remains out.

Formation:4132Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

Formation: 4411Manager: Peter Houston

Dundee Utd

  • Craig Samson
  • David van Zanten
  • Marc McAusland
  • Lee Mair
  • Jeroen Tesselaar
  • David Barron
  • Graham Carey
  • Paul McGowan
  • Kenny McLean
  • Aaron Mooy
  • Steven Thompson
  • SUBS
  • Graeme Smith
  • Hugh Murray
  • Steven Thomson
  • Nigel Hasselbaink
  • Jon McShane
  • Gary Teale
  • Illias Haddad

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Match Report

Carey stunner not enough Graham Carey's stunning long-range strike was the pick of four first-half goals as St Mirren and Dundee United drew 2-2 in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter in Paisley. The St Mirren winger netted an unstoppable 25-yard effort from the right wing into the opposite corner to give his side a 2-1 lead after Steven Thompson and Jon Daly had exchanged strikes. However, his effort was quickly cancelled out by Stuart Armstrong in an extraordinary spell which saw all of the goals arrive within 10 minutes - and 2-2 proved to be the final score following a goalless second half. Both sides named unchanged teams following their Christmas Eve victories. Home manager Danny Lennon stuck with the same starting XI which beat Rangers as his side sought consecutive victories for the first time this season. Visiting counterpart Peter Houston named an unaltered team for a third match, although Willo Flood had recovered from illness to allow him to take his place on the bench. United made a good start despite the terrible weather conditions, Johnny Russell winning the first corner after just 20 seconds, while Jon Daly also produced an early save from home goalkeeper Craig Samson. However, St Mirren came into the game with some testing efforts, first when Jeroen Tesselaar's shot from distance on nine minutes curled wide of the right-hand post in the blustering wind. Graham Carey came similarly close when a free-kick off the United wall was blocked but not cleared, and he worked his way into position to have a shot. Russell continued to cause problems when United were on the attack, but Steven Thompson troubled Dusan Pernis with a ball lofted in from the left wing which the goalkeeper had to scramble to tip away from the opposite corner. Thompson gave his side the lead after 27 minutes when he reacted first to Carey's ball in from the right side of the box, pouncing to send it into the left-hand side of the goal. United responded immediately and were back on level terms after 31 minutes when Jon Daly netted low to the left corner to make it 1-1, heralding the start of an extraordinary spell of non-stop action. Just over 60 seconds later, St Mirren were back in front thanks to a stunning goal from Carey, who unleashed a screamer from the right wing 25 yards out which fizzed unstoppably into the top-left corner to spark frenzied home celebrations. United once again hit back, however, Stuart Armstrong heading home from close range to equalise for a second time from Gary Mackay-Steven's cross. Russell even created an opportunity to give his side a half-time lead by embarking on a solo run from the halfway line all the way into the penalty box, but Samson put up his hands to block the eventual shot. United again made a bright start to the second half, Mackay-Steven intercepting the ball in midfield and bearing down for a shot on goal which hit the left-hand post. David van Zanten twice tried his luck at the other end and Aaron Mooy saw a diagonal effort from the right run wide of the target in the opening five minutes after the restart. John Rankin then tested Samson with a long-range effort which the goalkeeper palmed away for a corner. St Mirren were within inches of going in front for a third time just after the hour when Thompson was poised to slide in and poke home a cross from the right, but United were saved by the timely intervention of Robbie Neilson, who cleared off the line from under the striker's feet. United earned two corners in quick succession as the game entered its final 15 minutes and both sides set out to try to find the winning goal. Tesselaar saw a cross from the left drift wide at the opposite flank without being turned in, while Rankin ran along the edge of the area past the St Mirren defence and eventually had space for an effort which curled off target.

Form Guide

    WLLDDW
  • St Mirren
  • VS
  • Dundee Utd
  • WDLWDW

Last Meetings

  • Dundee Utd
  • 1 - 1
  • St Mirren
  • 06/08/2011
  • St Mirren
  • 1 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 26/01/2011
  • Dundee Utd
  • 1 - 2
  • St Mirren
  • 10/11/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 1 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 14/08/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 1 - 2
  • Dundee Utd
  • 13/02/2010
  • Dundee Utd
  • 3 - 2
  • St Mirren
  • 05/12/2009

Top Scorers

St Mirren

  • S Thompson 4
  • P McGowan 4
  • K McLean 3
  • N Hasselbaink 3
  • S Thomson 1
  • J Goodwin 1
  • M McAusland 1
  • A Mooy 1
  • G Carey 1

Dundee Utd

  • J Daly 9
  • J Russell 5
  • D Swanson 3
  • L Dalla Valle 3
  • P Dixon 2
  • G Mackay-Steven 2
  • S Robertson 1
  • G Gunning 1
  • B Douglas 1

Goals

St Mirren

    • Total goals 45
    • Goals per game 20
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Dundee Utd

    • Total goals 53
    • Goals per game 28
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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