Chris Erskine was on target for the second week running as Dundee United overcame struggling St Mirren.

The midfielder had one of the first half's few chances with John McGinn's header saved at the other end.

Erskine did find the net at the start of the season half, finishing with composure after getting beyond St Mirren's backline.

Jaroslaw Fojut headed the Tangerines' second before Blair Spittal emphatically struck their third.

Jackie McNamara's side remain third in the division - a point behind leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle - while the Buddies are once again only kept off bottom spot by Ross County's inferior goal difference, despite no league goals so far for Tommy Craig's team.

Erskine was foiled by Marian Kello's brave save early on with the St Mirren stopper coming off his line to block at the attacker's feet.

Paul Paton and John McGinn

United extended St Mirren's miserable start to the league season

McGinn was the latest Buddies player attempting to end their league goal drought but his downward header was turned over by goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

And, from the resulting corner, Jason Naismith headed across the face of goal.

However, on a day when all five Premiership fixtures remained goalless until the break there was precious little for fans to get excited about before their half-time refreshments.

That all changed in the second period as St Mirren almost went ahead in the preamble to United's opener.

Callum Ball turned towards goal and the shot looked to be creeping over the line until Keith Watson stretched out to clear.

And within moments the visitors were ahead as Erskine raced away from the Buddies defence and confidently swept the ball past Kello.

Having gone behind just when they were behinning to impose themselves, St Mirren tried to regain their momentum but neither Jeroen Tesselaar nor Kenny McLean could hit the target when presented with chances.

Given St Mirren's lack of goals, a second for United was always going to give the hosts a mountain to climb and that proved to be the case.

Gary Mackay-Steven's inswinging corner from the right was nodded powerfully into the net by Fojut for his first United goal.

Ryan Dow was denied by Kello as St Mirren continued to toil and a third goal would soon arrive.

Spittal chested down a loose ball as he ran into the penalty area and unleashed a powerful half-volley past Kello.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 02 Naismith
  • 04 McAusland (Kelly - 89' )
  • 05 Plummer
  • 22 Tesselaar
  • 17 Drury (Teale - 80' )
  • 07 McGinn
  • 13 Osbourne (Wylde - 70' )
  • 08 McLean
  • 16 Ball
  • 29 Caldwell

Substitutes

  • 03 Kelly
  • 11 Wylde
  • 12 Ridgers
  • 14 Reilly
  • 19 Brown
  • 21 Teale
  • 34 Morgan

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 12 Watson Booked (Spark - 71' )
  • 14 Morris
  • 05 Fojut
  • 03 Townsend
  • 06 Paton
  • 08 Rankin
  • 11 Mackay-Steven (Bilate - 70' )
  • 17 Erskine (Spittal - 81' )
  • 18 Dow
  • 07 Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 19 Bilate
  • 21 Telfer
  • 22 Connolly
  • 23 Smith
  • 24 Spittal
  • 26 Szromnik
  • 33 Spark
Ref: Bobby Madden
Att: 4,245

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

1 7

Corners

12 3

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 3.

90:00 +2:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 3.

90:00 +0:53

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

89:30

Foul by Kenny McLean (St. Mirren).

89:30

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St. Mirren. Sean Kelly replaces Marc McAusland because of an injury.

88:24

Attempt missed. Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

88:04

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

87:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

87:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:50

Delay in match Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) because of an injury.

85:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 3. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

84:51

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

84:51

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:05

Attempt missed. Conor Townsend (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

82:50

Foul by Eli Plummer (St. Mirren).

82:50

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:23

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

81:59

Attempt saved. Paul Paton (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

80:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Blair Spittal replaces Chris Erskine.

79:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St. Mirren. Gary Teale replaces Adam Drury.

77:30

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

73:22

John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:22

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

71:50

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

70:48

Attempt missed. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

70:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Euan Spark replaces Keith Watson.

69:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St. Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Isaac Osbourne.

69:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Mario Bilate replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

68:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 2. Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Mackay-Steven with a cross following a corner.

67:20

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Eli Plummer.

65:16

Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:16

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

62:58

Foul by Callum Ball (St. Mirren).

62:58

Conor Townsend (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:31 Booking

Booking Keith Watson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

59:23

John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:23

Foul by Keith Watson (Dundee United).

57:59

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

57:23

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

55:57

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by John Rankin.

54:23

Hand ball by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).

53:52

Adam Drury (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:52

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).

52:12

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

51:10

Attempt missed. Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

50:47

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Callum Morris.

49:59

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

46:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 1. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

46:40

Isaac Osbourne (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:40

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

46:21

Attempt missed. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

45:59

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

45:28

Attempt blocked. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Dundee United 0.

45:00 +0:26

Attempt blocked. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:06

Foul by Marc McAusland (St. Mirren).

45:00 +0:06

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:06

Attempt missed. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

41:28

Adam Drury (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:28

Foul by Chris Erskine (Dundee United).

40:22

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Callum Morris.

39:57

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Callum Morris.

39:30

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

35:12

Callum Ball (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:12

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

33:44

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

33:05

Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:05

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

31:59

Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:29

Foul by Isaac Osbourne (St. Mirren).

30:29

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28:51

Delay in match Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) because of an injury.

27:54

John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:54

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

26:45

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

24:49

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

24:27

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

22:11

Foul by Marc McAusland (St. Mirren).

22:11

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:15

Attempt blocked. Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

14:16

Foul by Eli Plummer (St. Mirren).

14:16

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:55

Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:55

Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

10:30

Attempt missed. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

10:19

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

9:37

Attempt saved. John McGinn (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

8:26

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

5:58

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

4:07

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Marián Kello.

3:34

Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

1:09

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).

1:09

Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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