Nadir Ciftci produced a stunning volleyed goal to give Dundee United victory over Kilmarnock, who are now winless after 10 games this season.

United's David Goodwillie hit the post in a first half short of real chances.

After the break Ciftci met Goodwillie's cross to hit a pure strike low and fast past Killie goalkeeper Craig Samson.

In a frantic ending, Killie's Jackson Irvine and Sammy Clingan had Radoslaw Cierzniak making great saves to ensure the three points.

A finish of the highest quality from Ciftci deserved to win this match for Dundee United, as they made it five games unbeaten to go fifth in the Scottish Premiership.

What will please the hosts' manager Jackie McNamara all the more is that it came from his two strikers linking up wonderfully.

Goodwillie drifted out to the left before floating in a precise cross for Ciftci to connect with an emphatic, technically perfect volley which sped past Killie goalkeeper Craig Samson, whose sight seemed blocked by his own defenders.

The former NAC Breda frontman is now up to five goals for the season and his all-round contribution seems to make him a sensible addition.

Allan Johnston's tenth game in charge of Kilmarnock did not bring him his first win, but it was always unlikely to come at Tannadice, where the East Ayrshire side have now not won in eight visits.

There are, however, clear signs of improvement in Killie's play. In the final 15 minutes, Cierzniak had to be at his very best to keep out Irvine's diving header and flighted shot; as well as Clingan's stinging free-kick.

In David Silva, they also appear to have an individual who can light up a game with the click of a finger.

On the left side of midfield and making his first start in his second spell with Kilmarnock, the Portugal-born Cape Verdean international selected various step-overs and shimmies from his box of tricks to try and confuse United defenders.

One of those was 17-year-old John Souttar, who mostly looked calm and composed dealing with what came his way in the air and on the deck.

QPR scouts were present at Tannadice, presumably to cast their eye over the centre-back who has been the subject of two bids by Sunderland.

It was Souttar who provided the pass for fellow teenager Ryan Gauld to turn and shoot from 20 yards only to be denied by Samson.

That chance was only bettered in the opening 45 minutes by Goodwillie - his low effort smashing the near-post from Gauld's perfect through ball.

While Kilmarnock's slick passing was occasional, United's was commonplace and they really began to up the ante early in the second half.

Goodwillie and Gauld had identical near-post shots beaten away by Samson before Darren Barr slid in to divert Ciftci's 10-yard effort.

The Turk's goal soon after prompted a barrage of United attacks, with Gauld and Gary Mackay-Steven looking particularly scintillating.

However, the hosts' profligacy almost made them pay near the end as Kilmarnock rallied.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 02 Dillon
  • 20 Souttar
  • 26 Robertson
  • 12 Watson (Gunning - 28' )
  • 19 Gauld Booked
  • 21 Ciftci (Dow - 86' )
  • 10 Armstrong (Mackay-Steven - 59' )
  • 08 Rankin
  • 06 Paton
  • 07 Goodwillie

Substitutes

  • 16 Wilson
  • 18 Dow
  • 04 Butcher
  • 11 Mackay-Steven
  • 09 Graham
  • 05 Gunning
  • 25 McCallum

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 16 Clohessy Booked
  • 26 O'Hara
  • 06 Barr
  • 83 Bouzid Booked
  • 29 Pascali Booked (Irvine - 75' Booked )
  • 07 Nicholson (Fowler - 59' )
  • 14 Silva (Ibrahim - 70' )
  • 08 Clingan
  • 09 Boyd
  • 18 McKenzie

Substitutes

  • 19 Ibrahim
  • 12 Reguero
  • 23 McKeown
  • 11 Gros
  • 04 Fowler
  • 10 Johnston
  • 05 Irvine
Ref: William Collum
Att: 5,850

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

8 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dundee United 1, Kilmarnock 0.

90:00 +3:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Kilmarnock 0.

90:00 +2:22

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:22

Foul by Ismaël Bouzid (Kilmarnock).

90:00 +0:56

Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +0:41

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

90:00 +0:22

Attempt saved. Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

89:20

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Craig Samson.

89:10

Attempt saved. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

87:42

(Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:42

Dangerous play by Darren Barr (Kilmarnock).

87:20

Attempt saved. Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:28

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

86:28

Rabiu (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Ryan Dow replaces Nadir Ciftci.

85:05

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

84:54

Attempt saved. David Goodwillie (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

76:15 Booking

Booking Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

76:08

Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:08

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).

75:53

Attempt saved. Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

75:01

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United).

75:01

Rabiu (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Jackson Irvine replaces Manuel Pascali.

72:54

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.

72:07

Attempt saved. Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:23 Booking

Booking Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

70:16

Foul by Ryan Gauld (Dundee United).

70:16

Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rabiu replaces David Silva.

66:13

Attempt missed. Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

65:22 Booking

Booking Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

65:15

Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:15

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

62:50

John Souttar (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:50

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

60:22

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:22

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

59:36

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Stuart Armstrong.

58:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. James Fowler replaces Barry Nicholson.

55:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 1, Kilmarnock 0. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Goodwillie.

55:01

David Goodwillie (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:01

Foul by Darren Barr (Kilmarnock).

54:03

Attempt blocked. Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:32

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

53:32

Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:52

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ismaël Bouzid.

52:42

Attempt blocked. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:39

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

51:12

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United).

51:12

Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:08

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ismaël Bouzid.

49:53

Attempt blocked. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

48:03

Attempt saved. Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:46

Attempt saved. David Goodwillie (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

46:51

Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:51

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

45:23

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

45:23

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Dundee United 0, Kilmarnock 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dundee United 0, Kilmarnock 0.

44:52

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ismaël Bouzid.

41:12

Dangerous play by John Rankin (Dundee United).

41:12

Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:52

Attempt saved. David Goodwillie (Dundee United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:10

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:10

Foul by Barry Nicholson (Kilmarnock).

34:02

Hand ball by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United).

31:09

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

30:12

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ismaël Bouzid.

29:53

David Goodwillie (Dundee United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

28:34

Foul by David Goodwillie (Dundee United).

28:34

Ismaël Bouzid (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Gavin Gunning replaces Keith Watson because of an injury.

27:13

Foul by David Silva (Kilmarnock).

27:13

John Souttar (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:07

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by John Rankin.

25:53

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:41

Foul by David Goodwillie (Dundee United).

24:41

Ismaël Bouzid (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:14

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Craig Samson.

23:59

Attempt saved. Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

21:14

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

20:39 Booking

Booking Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

20:34

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:34

Foul by Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock).

17:07

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:07

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United).

15:59

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

15:16

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ryan Gauld.

13:16

Hand ball by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

11:42

Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:42

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

11:00

Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:56

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

7:13

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

6:39

Foul by Keith Watson (Dundee United).

6:39

Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:40 Booking

Booking Ismaël Bouzid (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

5:26

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:26

Foul by Ismaël Bouzid (Kilmarnock).

2:39

Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:39

Foul by David Silva (Kilmarnock).

1:43

Attempt blocked. Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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