Scottish Championship
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Dundee Utd 3-0 Queen of South: McMullan, Clark & Stanton earn win

Nicky Clark's strike was his fourth in five games
Nicky Clark's strike was his fourth in five games

Dundee United seized command of the Scottish Championship, opening a nine-point lead at the summit after a thumping win over Queen of the South.

With Lawrence Shankland absent on international duty, Paul McMullan and Nicky Clark stepped up in the first half to set Robbie Neilson's side on course for a fifth consecutive win.

Sam Stanton added a splendid third after the break as United moved nine points clear of Ayr United, with Dundee a further three back and Inverness Caledonian Thistle one more adrift.

The outcome was rarely in doubt, as the league leaders set out with intent from the off.

Stanton and Clark both fired over before Queens centre-back Lee Kilday had to be replaced and, as the visitors adjusted, McMullan calmly converted Louis Appere's cut back.

Queens attacks were rare - although Connor Murray did have an effort disallowed for offside - and United doubled their lead just before the break when Clark latched on to McMullan's pass to finish.

Four minutes into the second half, the contest was over when Stanton picked up a throw in and dribbled through before beating the goalkeeper with some ease.

McMullen almost made it four but United were content to settle for the victory that continues their stride towards the Championship title and promotion back into the top flight.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "I was really pleased, particularly with the first-half performance. I thought we started with a lot of energy and created a lot of chances.

"Winter is when you win titles - December, January and into February when the grounds aren't great the training can be difficult. It's wet it's windy and you just need to keep picking up points."

Queen of the South manager Allan Johnson: "I think we made it quite easy for them with the goals we lost - not with general play because there wasn't much between the teams.

"Goals change games and they were really poor from our point of view. We gifted then the three goals but apart from that I don't think they created that much."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 44Watson
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 18Butcher
  • 12StantonSubstituted forChalmersat 78'minutes
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forMochrieat 85'minutes
  • 23Harkes
  • 27Appere
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forSmithat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 5Connolly
  • 11Smith
  • 13Mehmet
  • 20Chalmers
  • 25King
  • 40Mochrie

Queen of Sth

  • 1McCrorie
  • 2MercerBooked at 48mins
  • 4KildaySubstituted forSempleat 18'minutesSubstituted forMcCarthyat 58'minutes
  • 5Brownlie
  • 3Holt
  • 7MurraySubstituted forPatonat 80'minutes
  • 6PybusBooked at 64mins
  • 8KiddBooked at 64mins
  • 15Lyon
  • 10Oliver
  • 11Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 14McCarthy
  • 18Semple
  • 20Leighfield
  • 21Irving
  • 22Gourlay
  • 25Paton
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
7,675

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 3, Queen of the South 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 3, Queen of the South 0.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Attempt blocked. Louis Appere (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Andrew McCarthy (Queen of the South).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Chris Mochrie replaces Paul McMullan.

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

Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

Andrew McCarthy (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Michael Paton replaces Connor Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Logan Chalmers replaces Samuel Stanton.

Attempt saved. Dan Pybus (Queen of the South) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Dan Pybus (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Paul Watson (Dundee United).

Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Nicky Clark.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Attempt blocked. Gary Oliver (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Louis Appere (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

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

Foul by Connor Murray (Queen of the South).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Darren Lyon.

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

Foul by Gary Oliver (Queen of the South).

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

Booking

Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South).

Booking

Dan Pybus (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Attempt missed. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd14110333122133
2Ayr138052819924
3Dundee136341818021
4Inverness CT136251918120
5Arbroath146261415-120
6Dunfermline134451615116
7Queen of Sth144461316-316
8Morton145181829-1116
9Alloa133461423-913
10Partick Thistle133281725-811
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