Scottish Premiership
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Dundee United 1-0 Kilmarnock

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland

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.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 2Dillon
  • 20Souttar
  • 26Robertson
  • 12WatsonSubstituted forGunningat 28'minutes
  • 19GauldBooked at 71mins
  • 21CiftciSubstituted forDowat 86'minutes
  • 10ArmstrongSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 59'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 6Paton
  • 7Goodwillie

Substitutes

  • 16Wilson
  • 18Dow
  • 4Butcher
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 9Graham
  • 5Gunning
  • 25McCallum

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 16ClohessyBooked at 21mins
  • 26O'Hara
  • 6Barr
  • 83BouzidBooked at 6mins
  • 29PascaliBooked at 66minsSubstituted forIrvineat 75'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 7NicholsonSubstituted forFowlerat 59'minutes
  • 14SilvaSubstituted forIbrahimat 70'minutes
  • 8Clingan
  • 9Boyd
  • 18McKenzie

Substitutes

  • 19Ibrahim
  • 12Reguero
  • 23McKeown
  • 11Gros
  • 4Fowler
  • 10Johnston
  • 5Irvine
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
5,850

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 1, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ismaël Bouzid (Kilmarnock).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Craig Samson.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Dangerous play by Darren Barr (Kilmarnock).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Ryan Dow replaces Nadir Ciftci.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Booking

    Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).