Scottish Championship
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Dundee United 3-3 Queen of the South

Simon Murray scores for Dundee United
Simon Murray scored his 10th goal of the season early on, and his 11th late on secured a point

Dundee United salvaged a point from 3-1 down but still slipped six points behind Championship leaders Hibernian.

Simon Murray's strong run and finish gave the hosts an early lead, but Queen of the South responded impressively.

Stephen Dobbie's 18th goal of the season levelled it and Joe Thomson's low drive put the visitors ahead.

Another loanee, Dom Thomas, sent a powerful strike into the top corner before Scott Fraser gave United hope, and Murray's second clinched a point.

United boss Ray McKinnon spoke ahead of the game about how much they missed the pace and power of Murray in the 3-0 loss to Hibernian and it took the striker just four minutes to make his mark.

Collecting the ball midway inside the Queens half, he clipped the ball over the advancing Andy Dowie before firing a right-foot effort into the roof of the net for his 10th goal of the season.

There was a huge let off-for the visitors when Dowie appeared to tug the shirt of Thomas Mikkelsen when he was clear on goal but the incident was missed by three officials, much to the dismay of the home support.

Queens made the most of their good fortune just before the half-hour. Danny Carmichael clipped the ball across goal where Dobbie showed great composure to fire home beyond Cammy Bell.

Queens keeper Lee Robinson made two great stops from Murray and Tony Andreu before the visitors took the lead seven minutes into the second half.

Dobbie provided the pass for Thomson, on loan from Celtic, to drill the ball through Bell's legs.

Queen of the South's Dom Thomas (left) celebrates scoring their third goal
Dom Thomas' thumping strike appeared to have secured victory for Queens before United rallied

Gary Naismith's side doubled their advantage when Thomas, on loan from Motherwell, drifted in from the right hand side before drilling the ball high into the roof of the net.

United substitute Tope Obadeyi was introduced and his impact was almost instantaneous.

The 27-year-old chased a lost cause and crossed the ball into the box for Fraser to volley home left-footed from 12 yards.

Then with less than two minutes left, Obadeyi provided the pass for Murray to tap home from close range to set up a grandstand finish.

Both teams had chances in the closing stages with John Rankin firing over for Queens and United's Lewis Toshney seeing a header saved by Lee Robinson at the end of a dramatic afternoon on Tayside.

What the managers said

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "We should have turned the screw after the great start we had but we gave away three goals that were all avoidable.

"I had seven or eight players not at the races and that is disappointing.

"We've kept our unbeaten run at home together but that's all I can take from the game. I don't know if the players are feeling sorry for themselves since we're going through a phase when things aren't quite going for us, so we need to dig in.

"We could do with the boost a fresh face can bring and I'm looking to strengthen from middle to front."

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith: "Mixed emotions. We got off to a poor start. The first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of the first half belonged to Dundee United. The middle part was us.

"The second half going forward we were different class. They get a goal out of nothing and you know that for the last 10 minutes, they're going to come at you.

"I'm disappointed for the players that they never held on. We have to learn that if we're in that position again, you have to take the hurt that we're feeling today and not let a two-goal lead slip away."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 6Toshney
  • 4Durnan
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 3Dixon
  • 19AndreuSubstituted forObadeyiat 60'minutes
  • 8MurdochBooked at 60minsSubstituted forTelferat 77'minutes
  • 16Flood
  • 10Fraser
  • 9Murray
  • 18MikkelsenSubstituted forSpittalat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 7Spittal
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 12Telfer
  • 21Zwick
  • 23van der Velden
  • 24Robson

Queen of Sth

  • 1Robinson
  • 24Mercer
  • 4DowieBooked at 67mins
  • 5Brownlie
  • 3Marshall
  • 39CarmichaelSubstituted forDykesat 80'minutes
  • 15Thomson
  • 14Jacobs
  • 8Rankin
  • 23ThomasBooked at 82mins
  • 11DobbieSubstituted forHamillat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hamill
  • 6Higgins
  • 9Lyle
  • 20Atkinson
  • 25Dykes
  • 27Murray
  • 29Bell
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
6,136

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 3, Queen of the South 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 3, Queen of the South 3.

Attempt saved. Mark Durnan (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. William Edjenguele (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 3, Queen of the South 3. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tope Obadeyi.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Jamie Hamill replaces Stephen Dobbie.

Attempt blocked. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

Joseph Thomson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Dom Thomas (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Lyndon Dykes replaces Daniel Carmichael.

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 2, Queen of the South 3. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Stewart Murdoch.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. William Edjenguele (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Rankin (Queen of the South).

Simon Murray (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Rankin (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Blair Spittal replaces Thomas Mikkelsen.

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United).

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Dowie (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Queen of the South 3. Dom Thomas (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Mercer.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Tope Obadeyi replaces Tony Andreu.

Booking

Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joseph Thomson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

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