St Mirren 0
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premiership)

St Mirren 

0 - 3

Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
St Mirren Park. Att. 4,245
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Chris Erskine (47)
Jarosław Fojut (69)
Blair Spittal (86)

Team Managers
Tommy Craig Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Marián Kello
Jason Naismith
Jan Tesselaar
Marc McAusland
Eli Plummer
John McGinn
Kenny McLean
Adam Drury
Callum Ball
Ross Caldwell
Isaac Osbourne
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Conor Townsend .3
Jarosław Fojut .5
Keith Watson .12
Callum Morris .14
John Rankin .8
Chris Erskine .17
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
Ryan Dow .18
Nadir Çiftçi .7

Mark Ridgers
Gregg Wylde
Gary Teale
Sean Kelly
Adam Brown
Thomas Reilly
Lewis Morgan
Michal Szromnik .26
Euan Spark .33
Scott Smith .23
Blair Spittal .24
Charlie Telfer .21
Aidan Connolly .22
Mario Bilate .19

Gregg Wylde for Isaac Osbourne (70)
Gary Teale for Adam Drury (80)
Sean Kelly for Marc McAusland (89)
Mario Bilate for Gary Mackay-Steven (70)
Euan Spark for Keith Watson (71)
Blair Spittal for Chris Erskine (81)

None. Keith Watson (60)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

It was a day for debut goals as two recent signings opened their account for United and the Scottish Premiership's top scorer found the net again in a 3-0 victory at St Mirren Park. United made one change to the side that snatched a late victory against Ross County in their previous match. Chris Erskine was rewarded for his recent cameo goal scoring appearances with a place in the front four. Mario Bilate dropped to the bench.

United made a strong start to this match. Chris Erskine was the first to get a glimpse of the St Mirren goal after a neat through ball from Dow. However, his left foot shot squirmed past the far post. Then just a minute later it was Mackay-Steven who came even closer to opening the scoring. Paton sent a long, hopeful ball from the half-way line, towards the United forward. Mackay-Steven caught it first time from the edge of the box and sent a powerful left foot volley crashing off the post. St Mirren were causing problems from set plays and came close themselves from a corner that flashed across goal but evaded everyone. The remainder of the first half failed to live up to the opening minutes and the teams went in tied at 0-0. This was the same scoreline as each of the other four Scottish Premiership matches being played.

If goals were not forthcoming in the first half, things were to change within a few minutes of the second half starting. A long ball by Cierzniak was progressed further up field by a deft touch from Ciftci and Chris Erskine broke free to slot a left foot shot low into the corner from the edge of the box. WIth 69 minutes on clock there was a debut goal for fans favourite Jarek Fojut. From a Mackay-Steven corner, the Polish centre-half got in front of the Kello to head powerfully into the net. Then with just four minutes left there was a debut goal for substitute Blair Spittal. Only on the field for five minutes, the former Queens Park youngster, chested down a poor headed clearance and slammed a right foot shot high in to the corner of the net to send the travelling Arabs behind the goal into raptures. A great result that continues United's bright start to the season.

Manager's Comment:
"I don't think the performance was as good as we can play, I think the score line flattered us a bit. We were not at our best in terms of fluency and possession today. Chris Erskine is a different player to what we have here, he's a little bit unorthodox but showed with his great first touch at the goal that he can be a good player for us."

Fan's Comment:
"Three great goals that to be fair we probably didn't deserve based on our overall performance. Nice to see Spittal get his first goal for the club."

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at August 30th, 2014)

2014-15 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)31 5 - 96 -
Conor Townsend21 5 - 5 -
Callum Morris24 5 - 5 -
Keith Watson24 5 - 14110
Jarosław Fojut26 5151
John Rankin31 5113610
Gary Mackay-Steven23 5111123
Chris Erskine27 53144
Paul Paton27 5 - 502
Ryan Dow23 51647
Nadir Çiftçi22 514518
Euan Spark (sub)17 1 - 1 -
Blair Spittal (sub)18 2121
Mario Bilate (sub)23 5151

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at August 30th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.