Dundee Utd 3 - 2 St Mirren

League - Championship
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,225
Referee: Craig Charleston
Dundee Utd  St Mirren

Thomas Mikkelsen (7)
Tony Andreu (66)
Blair Spittal (90)
Gary Mackenzie (38)
Josh Todd (86)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Jack Ross

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Stewart Murdoch
Mark Durnan
Jamie Robson
William Edjenguélé
Blair Spittal
Willo Flood
Scott Allardice
Tony Andreu
Simon Murray
Thomas Mikkelsen
Billy O'Brien
Gary Irvine
Gary Mackenzie
Jack Baird
Adam Eckersley
Stephen Mallan
Lewis Morgan
Stephen McGinn
Kyle Magennis
Cammy Smith
Rory Loy

Luis Zwick
Coll Donaldson
Paul Dixon
Wato Kuaté
Alex Nicholls
Charlie Telfer
Ali Coote
Jamie Langfield
Stelios Demetriou
Andy Webster
Rocco Quinn
John Sutton
Craig Storie
Josh Todd

Wato Kuaté for Scott Allardice (45)
Coll Donaldson for Blair Spittal (90)
John Sutton for Cammy Smith (69)
Stelios Demetriou for Gary Irvine (77)
Josh Todd for Rory Loy (79)

Blair Spittal (25)
Jamie Robson (38)
Wato Kuaté (69)
Simon Murray (73)
Gary Mackenzie (8)
Stelios Demetriou (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 41 apps -
Stewart Murdoch 25 apps1 goal
Mark Durnan 70 apps8 goals
Jamie Robson 25 apps1 goal
William Edjenguélé 35 apps2 goals
Blair Spittal 100 apps10 goals
Willo Flood 190 apps7 goals
Scott Allardice 4 apps -
Tony Andreu 34 apps18 goals
Simon Murray 68 apps21 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen 18 apps7 goals
Coll Donaldson (sub) 42 apps -
Wato Kuaté (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (19 years 27 days)
Oldest Player:Willo Flood (32 years 20 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 337 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ali Coote (18 years 320 days)
Oldest Player:Willo Flood (32 years 20 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 46 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Blair Spittal played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.
Blair Spittal reached 10 goals for the Club.

Dundee United welcomed relegation threatened St Mirren to Tannadice with the Terrors sitting in third place, only a point behind Falkirk. Despite a poor performance in the goalless draw at Ayr the previous weekend, Ray McKinnon only made one change to his starting line-up from that game with Willo Flood coming back into the side and Lewis Toshney dropping to the bench.

United got off to the perfect start in this match, but the opening goal on seven minutes caused serious controversy. Inter-play between Flood and Murray in midfield eventually saw the ball lofted forwards in the direction of Thomas Mikkelsen with St Mirren defender Gary Mackenzie in close attendance. With the ball still in the air, the Danish striker seemed to catch Mackenzie with a high boot and the latter collapsed in a heap but the referee waved play on and Mikkelsen made no mistake from seven yards, beating the keeper at his near-post with a thunderous shot from the tight angle. The St Mirren players and fans were much aggrieved by the decision, but shortly before the interval they hit back. The Buddies were awarded a free-kick in a wide area to the right of goal when Robson was adjudged to have fouled Lewis Morgan. Stevie Mallan delivered the ball into the box and it was Gary Mackenzie who headed home to pull St Mirren level.

United almost retook the lead after half time in spectacular fashion. Willo Flood took a quick free-kick, playing to Spittal who touched it inside to Murray, 25 yards from goal, and the ball sat up nicely for the United striker to lash an effort off the underside of O’Brien’s crossbar and Mikkelsen was unable to finish the rebound. Tony Andreu put United a head with a low placed shot from an indirect free-kick after McGinn’s pass-back to O’Brien was deemed deliberate from the officials. Flood touched the ball and Andreu hit the ball low and hard, straight through the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. St Mirren almost bounced back immediately with McGinn forcing Bell into a good save from a free-kick and Mackenzie heading narrowly over. With four minutes left on the clock however, the Buddies did equalise. A McGinn shot was blocked by Edjenguélé but the United defence were unable to effectively clear the loose ball and eventually it arrived at the feet of Josh Todd six yards from goal, marked by two tangerine shirts. The St Mirren player took the ball wide of goal in a bid to beat the defenders and seemed to have narrowed the angle too much to get a shot away but did brilliantly to angle a powerful drive across Cammy Bell’s goal and into his top left-hand corner to spark wild scenes in the away end. Those celebrations were soon curtailed as the match took another twist in the 90th minute. United substitute Wato Kuate’s hopeful shot from 30 yards was blocked by the feet of his own man, Mikkelsen, on the edge of the box, He played the ball back into the path of Blair Spittal, 20 yards out, and he controlled the pass with one touch and fired a low drive into the bottom right-hand corner of O’Brien’s net with another – the United man’s first goal of the season.

Match report written by Ben Nicholson

Photography by DUFC Official


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 33 17 13 3 51 22 29 64
2. Falkirk 34 15 11 8 55 38 17 56
3. UNITED 34 15 10 9 47 39 8 55
4. Morton 34 13 12 9 42 37 5 51
5. Dunfermline 34 10 12 12 42 42 0 42
6. Queen of the South 34 11 9 14 44 49 -5 42
7. Dumbarton 34 9 11 14 44 53 -9 38
8. Raith Rovers 33 9 9 15 31 43 -12 36
9. St Mirren 34 8 11 15 46 55 -9 35
10. Ayr United 34 7 12 15 32 56 -24 33
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