Scottish Championship
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Dundee Utd 3-0 Queen of South: McMullan, Clark & Stanton earn win

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tannadice
Nicky Clark's strike was his fourth in five games
Nicky Clark's strike was his fourth in five games

Dundee United seized command of the Scottish Championship, opening a nine-point lead at the summit after a thumping win over Queen of the South.

With Lawrence Shankland absent on international duty, Paul McMullan and Nicky Clark stepped up in the first half to set Robbie Neilson's side on course for a fifth consecutive win.

Sam Stanton added a splendid third after the break as United moved nine points clear of Ayr United, with Dundee a further three back and Inverness Caledonian Thistle one more adrift.

The outcome was rarely in doubt, as the league leaders set out with intent from the off.

Stanton and Clark both fired over before Queens centre-back Lee Kilday had to be replaced and, as the visitors adjusted, McMullan calmly converted Louis Appere's cut back.

Queens attacks were rare - although Connor Murray did have an effort disallowed for offside - and United doubled their lead just before the break when Clark latched on to McMullan's pass to finish.

Four minutes into the second half, the contest was over when Stanton picked up a throw in and dribbled through before beating the goalkeeper with some ease.

McMullen almost made it four but United were content to settle for the victory that continues their stride towards the Championship title and promotion back into the top flight.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "I was really pleased, particularly with the first-half performance. I thought we started with a lot of energy and created a lot of chances.

"Winter is when you win titles - December, January and into February when the grounds aren't great the training can be difficult. It's wet it's windy and you just need to keep picking up points."

Queen of the South manager Allan Johnson: "I think we made it quite easy for them with the goals we lost - not with general play because there wasn't much between the teams.

"Goals change games and they were really poor from our point of view. We gifted then the three goals but apart from that I don't think they created that much."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 44Watson
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 18Butcher
  • 12StantonSubstituted forChalmersat 78'minutes
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forMochrieat 85'minutes
  • 23Harkes
  • 27Appere
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forSmithat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 5Connolly
  • 11Smith
  • 13Mehmet
  • 20Chalmers
  • 25King
  • 40Mochrie

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McCrorie
  • 2MercerBooked at 48mins
  • 4KildaySubstituted forSempleat 18'minutesSubstituted forMcCarthyat 58'minutes
  • 5Brownlie
  • 3Holt
  • 7MurraySubstituted forPatonat 80'minutes
  • 6PybusBooked at 64mins
  • 8KiddBooked at 64mins
  • 15Lyon
  • 10Oliver
  • 11Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 14McCarthy
  • 18Semple
  • 20Leighfield
  • 21Irving
  • 22Gourlay
  • 25Paton
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
7,675

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 3, Queen of the South 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 3, Queen of the South 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Louis Appere (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andrew McCarthy (Queen of the South).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Chris Mochrie replaces Paul McMullan.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

  11. Post update

    Andrew McCarthy (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Brownlie (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Michael Paton replaces Connor Murray.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Logan Chalmers replaces Samuel Stanton.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Pybus (Queen of the South) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dan Pybus (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Paul Watson (Dundee United).

  19. Post update

    Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd14110333122133
2Ayr138052819924
3Dundee136341818021
4Inverness CT136251918120
5Arbroath146261415-120
6Dunfermline134451615116
7Queen of Sth144461316-316
8Morton145181829-1116
9Alloa133461423-913
10Partick Thistle133281725-811
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