Scottish Championship
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Dundee United 1-1 Queen of the South

Dundee Utd's Nick Van Der Velden (left)
Dundee Utd's Nick van der Velden (left) rescued a point for the home side

A fine individual goal from Nick van der Velden rescued a point for Dundee United against Queen of the South.

Mark Millar, who failed to score in two years as a Dundee United player, took great pleasure in firing in one against his former club.

However, Van der Velden's composure and ability saw him flick the ball over two defenders in the penalty area before a controlled shot levelled the game.

United should have gone on to win it, but could not find a winner.

New Tannadice team manager Ray McKinnon warned his team that every point in the lower league would have to be earned, but there was a surprising lack of intensity or urgency about Dundee United's play during an opening period where they rarely troubled the visitors goal.

Queen's goalkeeper Lee Robinson hardly had a save to make in that flat first 45 minutes apart from a header from Mark Durnan that was aimed straight at him from a Van der Velden's free kick.

The Dutch midfielder kept drifting into intelligent areas to pick up possession, but the link-up from middle to front was poor despite the pace of Cammy Smith and Tope Obedayi down the flanks.

Queen of the South's Mark Millar (right) opened the scoring
Queen of the South's Mark Millar (right) opened the scoring

Queen's looked more composed going forward with Lyndon Dykes causing problems breaking from left midfield and it was no surprise when he was key in breaking the deadlock.

The Aussie made space for a shot that goalkeeper Cammy Bell could only parry, and when the ball was worked back to Millar he swept a shot into the net from 12 yards.

It took that outrageous bit of skill from Van der Velden to really spark McKinnon's side into life as he flicked the ball over two opponents in a tight space before guiding a shot beyond Robinson.

Former Rangers goalkeeper Robinson became much busier after that equaliser and proved just how sharp his reflexes are with two crucial saves as the defenders in front of him struggled to cope with the dramatically increased threat.

Experienced right back Jamie Hamill in particular found it tough to deal with the pace of Tope Obedayi and in 65 minutes the former Kilmarnock striker's shot was tipped on to the post by Robinson.

Then within seconds Aberdeen's on loan striker Smith made space for a shot from the edge of the area and was only denied a goal by an impressive full stretch save by the goalkeeper.

Smith than missed an easier chance; deflecting Van der Velden's near post cross wide of the target while Queen of the South's only real chance of a winner fell to a returning hero.

Stephen Dobbie scored 54 times in 103 games in his first spell at Palmerston and it took a Bell block to prevent the former Bolton striker marking his short appearance as substitute with a goal.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 2Dillon
  • 4Durnan
  • 5Donaldson
  • 24Robson
  • 16Flood
  • 8Murdoch
  • 15Smith
  • 23van der VeldenSubstituted forJohnsonat 76'minutes
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 9MurrayBooked at 39minsSubstituted forAnierat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Spittal
  • 12Telfer
  • 17Johnson
  • 20Anier
  • 21Zwick
  • 25Sukar
  • 32Souttar

Queen of Sth

  • 1Robinson
  • 2HamillBooked at 90mins
  • 4Dowie
  • 6HigginsSubstituted forBrownlieat 24'minutes
  • 3Marshall
  • 7Anderson
  • 8Millar
  • 14Jacobs
  • 25Dykes
  • 10HilsonBooked at 63minsSubstituted forTappingat 78'minutes
  • 9LyleSubstituted forDobbieat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Brownlie
  • 11Dobbie
  • 12Rigg
  • 17Pickard
  • 21Thomson
  • 22Tapping
  • 35Brotherston
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
7,058

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Queen of the South 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Queen of the South 1.

Booking

Jamie Hamill (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Queen of the South).

Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South).

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Sean Dillon.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

Grant Anderson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Cammy Bell.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Callum Tapping replaces Dale Hilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Justin Johnson replaces Nick van der Velden.

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kyle Jacobs.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Simon Murray.

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Dundee United).

Dale Hilson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Hand ball by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Dale Hilson (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Dale Hilson (Queen of the South).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Andy Dowie.

Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Queen of the South 1. Nick van der Velden (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Stephen Dobbie replaces Derek Lyle.

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Raith Rovers11002023
2Dunfermline11004313
3Hibernian11002113
4Dundee Utd10101101
5Morton10101101
6Queen of Sth10101101
7St Mirren10101101
8Dumbarton100134-10
9Falkirk100112-10
10Ayr100102-20
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