Dundee United 2-1 St Mirren: Lawrence Shankland off mark as United end winless run

Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland (centre) scored his first top-flight aim

Lawrence Shankland scored his first Scottish Premiership aim as Dundee United ended a run of three defeats to beat 10-man St Mirren at Tannadice.

The Scotland ahead gave United the lead earlier than Adrian Sporle added a second.

Saints have been decreased to 10 males following a rash problem from Richard Tait, however Dylan Connolly’s aim gave them a lifeline.

It is 5 video games with no win for Saints, and 4 consecutive defeats.

It was an untidy opening 30 minutes. Both sides tried to play passing soccer however lacked any actual fluency, although St Mirren did look the extra prone to do one thing. Lee Erwin obtained himself into an excellent place solely to knock the ball into the fingers of Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.

The recreation wanted a second of magic and obtained it when Shankland pounced on a free header, and along with his again to aim turned to volley into the highest left-hand nook.

St Mirren initially responded properly. Tait’s point-blank header was properly saved, however they may have been 2-Zero down on the break had Nicky Clark proven extra composure when he collected Shankland’s go on the sting of the field.

It was a distinct United that emerged for the second half after arguably being second finest for a lot of the primary 45 minutes. Sporle had a close-range shot saved and Clark had drilled a shot off the publish, however United stored up the stress and have been rewarded with a second aim when Sporle completed from the sting of the field following two blocked efforts.

And St Mirren have been then right down to 10 males when Tait crashed right into a problem on Logan Chalmers close to the nook flag, the comply with via taking the United man out.

But they pulled themselves again into the sport when Mark Reynolds failed to manage a protracted ball and Connolly stole the ball off the United captain and fired residence.

There have been probabilities nonetheless at each ends. Ilkay Durmus handed up the possibility of an equaliser with a back-post header, whereas Logan Chalmers fired a left-footed shot simply huge of the publish for United.

Man of the match – Logan Chalmers

Dundee United's Logan Chalmers
Dundee United’s Logan Chalmers was a menace on the precise hand aspect, and unfortunate to not scored with a nice run and shot

What did we study?

Dundee United had conceded eight objectives of their final two video games, and at instances they did look susceptible.

But after a gradual begin the arrogance started to circulate via the house aspect they usually may have received the sport extra comfortably after bursting out of the blocks within the second half.

St Mirren at the moment are 5 video games with no win and Jim Goodwin might be lamenting their lack of luck, however a number of their downfall was their very own doing. The first aim specifically was a poor headed clearance and Tait’s pink card with 30 minutes nonetheless to go was a serious blow to their probabilities.

What’s subsequent?

Dundee United journey to Hamilton, whereas St Mirren host Kilmarnock.


Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 20Bolton
  • 12Edwards
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 15ChalmersSubstituted forPawlettat 81′minutesBooked at 90minutes
  • 18ButcherBooked at 37minutes
  • 23Harkes
  • 3Sporle
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forGlassat 83′minutesBooked at 86minutes
  • 24Shankland


  • 4Powers
  • 7McMullan
  • 8Pawlett
  • 11Smith
  • 19Mehmet
  • 21Glass
  • 22Freeman
  • 27Appéré
  • 30Neilson

St Mirren

  • 29Zlamal
  • 22Fraser
  • 5McCarthy
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 2TaitBooked at 60minutes
  • 25ErhahonSubstituted forMoriasat 85′minutes
  • 10McAllisterBooked at 38minutesSubstituted forDurmusat 56′minutes
  • 16Foley
  • 17McGrathSubstituted forConnollyat 56′minutes
  • 9ObikaSubstituted forMacPhersonat 66′minutes
  • 23Erwin


  • 6Sheron
  • 11Durmus
  • 14MacPherson
  • 19Morias
  • 21Connolly
  • 27Urminsky
  • 33Jamieson

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