Dundee United and St Mirren share top spot in the Scottish Premier League after Jon Daly's second-half equaliser against the 10-man Buddies.

Steven Thompson netted his first competitive goal for St Mirren after 11 minutes at Tannadice.

Nigel Hasselbaink skipped past two defenders before finding Thompson, who slotted home.

Hasselbaink was sent off before half time and Daly turned the ball home for United after 67 minutes.

Dundee United met St Mirren retained the starting line-ups that recorded 1-0 wins last weekend to leave the sides with unbeaten records after opening-day draws.

But the home side suffered an early setback when defensive midfielder Scott Severin was stretchered off after coming off second best in a robust challenge with Buddies skipper Jim Goodwin only a couple of minutes into the match and was replaced with Scott Robertson.

Things got worse for the hosts when St Mirren took the lead when Hasselbaink showed great trickery down the left wing to evade the challenges of two United defenders before finding Thompson at the near post and the former United striker prodded the ball home from close range.

Steven Thompson celebrates

Thompson opened the scoring against his former club

The lively Hasselbaink showed great skill once again to jink past Garry Kenneth, but this time the Dutch forward's left-footed shot at goal was gathered by United stopper Dusan Pernis.

United should have restored parity after 27 minutes, when St Mirren's Craig Samson could only parry Kenneth's powerful free-kick into the path of Keith Watson, but the full-back completely missed the ball with the goal at his mercy.

St Mirren continued to impress, with former Celtic midfielder Paul McGowan having a dipping long-range effort tipped over by Pernis for a corner just before the break.

The half ended in controversy when Hasselbaink was given a straight red card in the fifth minute of stoppage time for using an elbow when trying to get away from Paul Dixon as the striker tried to move clear on goal.

United came out for the second half determined to get an equaliser, with Willo Flood's deep corner dropping kindly to John Rankin, but Darren McGregor made a desperate block to thwart the former Hibernian midfielder.

Johnny Russell was next to try his luck with Samson equal to his diving header before the striker drilled a left-footed strike inches past the post.

The home side went even closer on the hour mark when Watson's cross into the area was met by United skipper Daly, but the Irishman's header just shaved the wrong side of the post.

However, the equaliser did arrive after 67 minutes when Scott Allan darted down the wing and rounded Goodwin before picking out Daly, who turned the ball home at the near post.

United looked the more likely to go on and win the match, but Samson pulled off a tremendous stop to claw away an Allan drive through a ruck of players.

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