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St Mirren 0-3 Dundee United

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Chris Erskine was on target for the second week running as Dundee United overcame struggling St Mirren.

The midfielder had one of the first half's few chances with John McGinn's header saved at the other end.

Erskine did find the net at the start of the season half, finishing with composure after getting beyond St Mirren's backline.

Jaroslaw Fojut headed the Tangerines' second before Blair Spittal emphatically struck their third.

Jackie McNamara's side remain third in the division - a point behind leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle - while the Buddies are once again only kept off bottom spot by Ross County's inferior goal difference, despite no league goals so far for Tommy Craig's team.

Erskine was foiled by Marian Kello's brave save early on with the St Mirren stopper coming off his line to block at the attacker's feet.

Paul Paton and John McGinn
United extended St Mirren's miserable start to the league season

McGinn was the latest Buddies player attempting to end their league goal drought but his downward header was turned over by goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

And, from the resulting corner, Jason Naismith headed across the face of goal.

However, on a day when all five Premiership fixtures remained goalless until the break there was precious little for fans to get excited about before their half-time refreshments.

That all changed in the second period as St Mirren almost went ahead in the preamble to United's opener.

Callum Ball turned towards goal and the shot looked to be creeping over the line until Keith Watson stretched out to clear.

And within moments the visitors were ahead as Erskine raced away from the Buddies defence and confidently swept the ball past Kello.

Having gone behind just when they were behinning to impose themselves, St Mirren tried to regain their momentum but neither Jeroen Tesselaar nor Kenny McLean could hit the target when presented with chances.

Given St Mirren's lack of goals, a second for United was always going to give the hosts a mountain to climb and that proved to be the case.

Gary Mackay-Steven's inswinging corner from the right was nodded powerfully into the net by Fojut for his first United goal.

Ryan Dow was denied by Kello as St Mirren continued to toil and a third goal would soon arrive.

Spittal chested down a loose ball as he ran into the penalty area and unleashed a powerful half-volley past Kello.

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAuslandSubstituted forKellyat 89'minutes
  • 5Plummer
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 17DrurySubstituted forTealeat 80'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 13OsbourneSubstituted forWyldeat 70'minutes
  • 8McLean
  • 16Ball
  • 29Caldwell

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 11Wylde
  • 12Ridgers
  • 14Reilly
  • 19Brown
  • 21Teale
  • 34Morgan

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 12WatsonBooked at 60minsSubstituted forSparkat 71'minutes
  • 14Morris
  • 5Fojut
  • 3Townsend
  • 6Paton
  • 8Rankin
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forBilateat 70'minutes
  • 17ErskineSubstituted forSpittalat 81'minutes
  • 18Dow
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 19Bilate
  • 21Telfer
  • 22Connolly
  • 23Smith
  • 24Spittal
  • 26Szromnik
  • 33Spark
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,245

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kenny McLean (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Sean Kelly replaces Marc McAusland because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) because of an injury.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 3. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  13. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Townsend (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Eli Plummer (St. Mirren).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Blair Spittal replaces Chris Erskine.