Scottish Premiership
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St Mirren 4-1 Dundee United

St Mirren ended their own four-game winless league run while at the same time inflicting United's first defeat in seven games.

Danny Lennon's side went two goals up through Steven Thompson and John McGinn, but Nadir Ciftci reduced the deficit before the break.

United looked likely to equalise until Keith Watson was shown a red card for a bad foul on Sean Kelly.

Jason Naismith scored St Mirren's third and Thompson added another late on.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

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Interview - St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

It was a highly entertaining and evenly-contested game for the most part, with St Mirren snapping into tackles to avoid United's talented young players settling into the game.

But St Mirren are not lacking talented players of their own and though Naismith just missed the target with a low drive, it wasn't long before they did have the lead.

Conor Newton knocked a cross from the left down to Thompson, who killed the ball before spinning to fire it low into Radoslaw Cierzniak's bottom left-hand corner.

And though United pressed for an equaliser, with Stuart Armstrong failing to convert from close range, it was St Mirren who scored again when McGinn pounced on Gavin Gunning's slip to tuck the ball past the goalkeeper.

Referee Bobby Madden gives United's Keith Watson his marching orders
Referee Bobby Madden gives United's Keith Watson his marching orders

The two-goal advantage did not hold for long though, as Ciftci latched onto a beautifully judged pass by Ryan Gauld to score, despite the combined efforts of Marian Kello, Darren McGregor and Marc McAusland.

St Mirren's captain Jim Goodwin was taken off just before half time, much to his displeasure, though as he'd been booked it looked to be a precautionary move by Danny Lennon.

It looked like it might backfire as United pressed for an equaliser, Kello brilliantly denying John Rankin, who fired in from distance, and Gary Mackay-Steven who tried to lob the keeper.

Then came Watson's dismissal and Naismith's goal within minutes of each other, the fullback nipping in at the back post to slide the ball past Cierzniak.

And with the heat taken out of the game, Thompson added a late fourth with a late drive past the keeper to seal a remarkable victory.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 22Naismith
  • 18KellySubstituted forHarkinsat 85'minutes
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 16minsSubstituted forvan Zantenat 43'minutes
  • 14McAusland
  • 4McGregor
  • 24NewtonBooked at 30mins
  • 11McLeanSubstituted forGraingerat 45'minutes
  • 9ThompsonBooked at 76mins
  • 10McGowan
  • 7McGinnBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 5Mair
  • 8Harkins
  • 17Reilly
  • 26Brady
  • 27Grainger
  • 30Dilo

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 12WatsonBooked at 70mins
  • 26Robertson
  • 8Rankin
  • 20Souttar
  • 5GunningBooked at 80mins
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 6Paton
  • 21Ciftci
  • 19GauldSubstituted forGoodwillieat 65'minutes
  • 10ArmstrongSubstituted forGrahamat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 7Goodwillie
  • 9Graham
  • 17Erskine
  • 18Dow
  • 25McCallum
  • 27Gomis
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,780

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away15
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, St Mirren 4, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St Mirren 4, Dundee United 1.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by John Souttar.
Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! St Mirren 4, Dundee United 1. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Grainger.
Attempt missed. Andrew Robertson (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David van Zanten.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Harkins replaces Sean Kelly.
Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Marián Kello.
Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul McGowan.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Booking

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Gavin Gunning (Dundee United).
John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by John Rankin.

Booking

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.
(Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1714302745
2Motherwell181116-234
3Inverness CT1710341133
4Dundee Utd189541932
5Aberdeen1810261032
6St Johnstone17647422
7Hibernian18567-421
8St Mirren17548-919
9Kilmarnock185310-618
10Partick Thistle17368-1315
11Ross County173212-1711
12Hearts183312-20-3
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