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  • Date:26 Dec 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Mirren Park
  • Attendance:4,780
  • Thompson (11) Naismith (70) Thompson (87)
    Thompson (87)
  • Ciftci (35)
Goal!

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92mins

Corner taken by Gary Harkins.

91mins

The match has reached full-time.

91mins

The ball is swung over by Jason Naismith.

88mins

Steven Thompson scores with their right foot. St Mirren 4-1 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from Danny Grainger.

88mins

Centre by Danny Grainger.

86mins

Shot by Andrew Robertson went wide right of the net.

86mins

Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line.

85mins

Gary Harkins is brought on as a substitute for Sean Kelly.

85mins

The official flags Paul McGowan offside.

83mins

John Rankin takes a shot. Marian Kello parries the ball but the danger is not over.

82mins

Clearance by Conor Newton.

82mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nadir Ciftci.

80mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Gunning on John McGinn.

77mins

The official flags David Goodwillie offside.

76mins

Corner taken by Danny Grainger from the right by-line.

76mins

Steven Thompson goes into the book for dissent.

73mins

Paul McGowan fouled by Gavin Gunning, the ref awards a free kick.

72mins

Nadir Ciftci takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

71mins

Jason Naismith scores with their right foot. St Mirren 3-1 Dundee Utd.

70mins

Sean Kelly fouled by Keith Watson, the ref awards a free kick.

68mins

Gary Mackay-Steven produces a cross.

68mins

Gary Mackay-Steven delivers the ball.

66mins

Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the free kick.

66mins

The offside flag is raised against Paul McGowan.

66mins

Stuart Armstrong goes off and Brian Graham comes on.

65mins

Ryan Gauld leaves the field to be replaced by David Goodwillie.

65mins

Paul McGowan delivers the ball.

62mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Grainger.

62mins

The ball is sent over by Jason Naismith.

59mins

Free kick taken by Paul Paton.

59mins

Stuart Armstrong sends in a cross.

58mins

Corner taken by Andrew Robertson.

57mins

Paul Paton takes the free kick.

57mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Grainger on Gary Mackay-Steven.

55mins

Ryan Gauld restarts play with the free kick.

55mins

John McGinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Paton.

53mins

Corner taken by Stuart Armstrong.

52mins

John Rankin takes a shot.

49mins

Free kick crossed by Stuart Armstrong.

49mins

David van Zanten challenges Stuart Armstrong unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46mins

Free kick taken by Paul Paton.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by John McGinn on Paul Paton.

46mins

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

46mins

The ref blows to end the first period.

46mins

Foul by Nadir Ciftci on Jason Naismith, free kick awarded.

46mins

Danny Grainger is brought on as a substitute for Kenny McLean.

44mins

Darren McGregor takes the free kick.

44mins

Unfair challenge on Conor Newton by John Rankin results in a free kick.

43mins

David van Zanten replaces Jim Goodwin.

43mins

Steven Thompson takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

43mins

The ball is sent over by Conor Newton.

42mins

Unfair challenge on John McGinn by Paul Paton results in a free kick.

41mins

Darren McGregor takes the free kick.

41mins

Corner taken by Paul Paton from the left by-line.

40mins

Corner taken by Kenny McLean.

40mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kenny McLean.

38mins

Kenny McLean crosses the ball in from the free kick.

38mins

Unfair challenge on Sean Kelly by John Rankin results in a free kick.

36mins

Nadir Ciftci grabs a goal with a right foot finish. St Mirren 2-1 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Ryan Gauld.

35mins

John McGinn scores with a left foot finish. St Mirren 2-0 Dundee Utd.

32mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Paton.

31mins

A cross is delivered by Stuart Armstrong.

29mins

Conor Newton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Armstrong.

28mins

Jim Goodwin challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27mins

Kenny McLean has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

26mins

The ball is sent over by Paul Paton.

26mins

The ball is delivered by Conor Newton.

23mins

A cross is delivered by Jim Goodwin.

23mins

Centre by Jason Naismith.

22mins

Corner taken by Ryan Gauld.

21mins

Corner taken by Ryan Gauld from the right by-line.

20mins

Clearance made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

20mins

Centre by Conor Newton.

19mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Nadir Ciftci.

18mins

Unfair challenge on Nadir Ciftci by Conor Newton results in a free kick.

18mins

Kenny McLean sends in a cross.

17mins

Paul McGowan crosses the ball.

15mins

Jim Goodwin challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

13mins

Keith Watson delivers the ball.

12mins

Steven Thompson grabs a goal with a left foot finish. St Mirren 1-0 Dundee Utd.Conor Newton provided the assist for the goal.

11mins

Jason Naismith takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

6mins

Jim Goodwin produces a cross.

4mins

Free kick taken by Paul Paton.

4mins

Jim Goodwin challenges Stuart Armstrong unfairly and gives away a free kick.

4mins

Marc McAusland makes a clearance.

3mins

Centre by Gary Mackay-Steven.

The referee gets the game underway.

Match Preview

McAusland hoping for recall St Mirren defender Marc McAusland paid the price for a dire showing at Pittodrie when he surrendered his place - now he hopes to win it back after his team-mates were humbled by Motherwell. The big centre-half was dropped by boss Danny Lennon for Saturday's Fir Park fixture after his blunder gifted Scott Vernon the opener in last week's 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen. He was responsible for another four opportunities the Dons should have done better with and was punished as Lee Mair took his place against Well. But that line-up change failed to produce the result Lennon was looking for, with the Paisley men culpable for their own downfall in a 3-0 loss to Stuart McCall's side. Now McAusland hopes that defeat may hand him a reprieve against Dundee United on Boxing Day. "It's down to the manager at the end of the day," said the 25-year-old. "But if I'm performing well in training the gaffer will see that and hopefully it will be enough to get me back in. "I had a poor game up at Aberdeen and that is why I was not picked for Motherwell. But the performance and the result there leaves a window for me to get back in. "For a while when we were short on cover you knew you would be playing regardless of your performance but now we have great competition for places. "They boys are all training well and that makes it harder to stay in the team. If you're not performing then you'll be dropped and that's what happened to me last week." It took Saints eight games to finally register their first Scottish Premiership victory of the new campaign as they beat Hearts at Tynecastle at the start of October. That Gorgie win teed up a run of nine games with just one league defeat - a 4-0 thrashing by United. But having shipped five goals without reply against the Dons and Motherwell, McAusland says St Mirren can not afford to lose for a second time to Jackie McNamara's men if they want to keep their top six ambitions on track. He said: "We had a challenging start to the season when we didn't pick up many points. But then we went on a wee run and moved up the table. "But we've lost these last two games and we do not want to get dragged back down towards the bottom of the league again. Hopefully come Thursday we can turn it around." However, McAusland admits he would rather the Buddies were not facing the red-hot Tannadice side next after watching United blast 22 goals while stretching their winning streak to six games,. "United are a side you want to avoid right now," he admitted. "They are on form and scoring a lot of goals. They are hard to break down and hard to beat. "But if we can apply ourselves and put a performance on we can definitely pick up points at home." United's resurgence has been thanks largely to the efforts of youngsters like Ryan Gauld, Stuart Armstrong and Andrew Robertson. Saturday's 1-0 win over Ross County saw them move into second place but McAusland does not believe they can rein in leaders Celtic - who top the table with a 10 point lead - just yet. "It's brilliant for Dundee United's youth development system that these guys are coming through," he said. "They must be really proud of the lads they are bringing through. "All credit to them, they deserve to be where they are in the table. "They are all still young boys and if in seasons to come they can hold on to a few of them, they can definitely make a challenge to Celtic. "Obviously money-wise, Celtic are a lot stronger but if Dundee United can keep going, then the boys are talented enough that I don't see many people stopping them. "For me, Celtic will win the league this year but United and Aberdeen are the sides the rest of us have to look at catching." Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara believes his on-form side face as tough a Boxing Day fixture as they could get when they travel to St Mirren. The Tangerines are riding high in the Scottish Premiership as they sit second following last weekend's narrow 1-0 victory over Ross County at Tannadice. Danny Lennon's eighth-placed Buddies are their opponents on Thursday but while United are in a rich vein of form with six straight wins to their credit, McNamara is convinced their trip to Paisley promises to be a demanding 90 minutes. McNamara said: "We will have every respect for St Mirren. They like to get the ball down and play like ourselves so it should be open in that respect. "We're on a good run of form right now but we know what St Mirren are capable of on their day. "We'll need to be wary of them and we will be because our aim is to keep this run going. "There are no easy games in this division and that will definitely be the case when we go through there on Wednesday." United have been attracting big crowds of late, with over 8,000 witnessing their win against County, so McNamara hopes they travel to Paisley in numbers to roar their side on to another victory. He said: "We had a great attendance for the County game. "They can be like an extra man by creating the sort of atmosphere the players respond to on the pitch. "We're hoping to have a decent-size following through for the St Mirren game because it can make all the difference. "They're liking what they're seeing from the lads so long may that continue." United face a hectic festive period with games against St Johnstone and Aberdeen coming hard on the heels of Thursday's clash. And McNamara said: "The players are relishing it. "The games are coming thick and fast but we'll just focus on one at a time and see where that takes us. "St Mirren will be tough to start with but we should be confident going into it given our recent results." Winger Gary Mackay-Steven has a knock which forced him to miss training on Tuesday but United hope both he and full-back Keith Watson will be fit in time to face the Buddies.

Formation:41212Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

Formation: 4231Manager: Jackie McNamara

Dundee Utd

  • Marian Kello
  • Jason Naismith
  • Marc McAusland
  • Darren McGregor
  • Sean Kelly
  • Jim Goodwin
  • Conor Newton
  • John McGinn
  • Kenny McLean
  • Paul McGowan
  • Steven Thompson
  • SUBS
  • David van Zanten
  • Lee Mair
  • Gary Harkins
  • Thomas Reilly
  • Anton Brady
  • Danny Grainger
  • Christopher Dilo

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Form Guide

    WWDDLL
  • St Mirren
  • VS
  • Dundee Utd
  • DWWWWW

Last Meetings

  • Dundee Utd
  • 4 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 26/10/2013
  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 0
  • Dundee Utd
  • 09/03/2013
  • Dundee Utd
  • 3 - 4
  • St Mirren
  • 30/12/2012
  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 27/10/2012
  • Dundee Utd
  • 0 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 18/02/2012
  • St Mirren
  • 2 - 2
  • Dundee Utd
  • 28/12/2011

Top Scorers

St Mirren

  • S Thompson 5
  • P McGowan 2
  • C Newton 2
  • K McLean 2
  • G Harkins 1
  • J McGinn 1

Dundee Utd

  • S Armstrong 6
  • G Mackay-Steven 5
  • R Gauld 5
  • N Ciftci 4
  • A Robertson 3
  • B Graham 2
  • K Watson 2
  • D Goodwillie 2
  • P Paton 1
  • J Rankin 1
  • C Erskine 1

Goals

St Mirren

    • Total goals 40
    • Goals per game 14
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Dundee Utd

    • Total goals 60
    • Goals per game 34
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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