Date: 24th December 2016 at 3:38pm
Written by: Vital Arabs

Dundee United moved two points clear at the top of the table after coming from behind to defeat bottom club St Mirren at Tannadice.

The visitors went in front just before the half-hour mark when striker John Sutton seized upon a slip from early substitute Coll Donaldson.

But Scott Fraser immediately levelled and then delivered a free-kick on the stroke of half-time that was deflected in by Simon Murray.

The Tangerines had further opportunities after the break but with leaders Hibernian only managing a late equaliser at home to Raith Rovers, now sit proudly at the top of the table.

United’s goal conceded was actually their first in 612 minutes and left goalkeeper Cammy Bell just three minutes short of Hamish McAlpine’s club record from the seventies.

Their lowly visitors had approached the contest unbeaten in three games, and also went close when Jason Naismith was only denied by an upright before Lewis Morgan was superbly thwarted by Bell following the break.

Blair Spittal proved too high at the other end but his in-form side are now unbeaten in fourteen games in all competitions.

Dundee United: Bell, Dillon, Durnan (Donaldson 25), Edjenguele, Dixon, Flood, Telfer (van der Velden 70), Spittal, Fraser, Andreu, Murray (Smith 80)

subs (unused): Murdoch, Obadeyi, Zwick, Robson

Goals: Fraser (28), Murray (45)

St Mirren: Gallacher, Naismith, Mackenzie (Baird 19), Webster, Irvine, McAllister (Shankland 79), Magennis, Quinn (Clarkson 60), Mallan, Morgan, Sutton

subs (unused): Langfield, Gallagher, Mclear, Hardie

Goals: Sutton (27)

Ref: J. McKendrick

Att: 7,247