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St Mirren Park (ATT 4,780) 26th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

St Mirren St Mirren vs Dundee United Dundee U

St Mirren 4

S Thompson (12, 88)
J McGinn (35)
J Naismith (71)

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Dundee U 1

N Ciftci (36)
K Watson (S/O 70)

Scottish Premiership: St Mirren comfortably beat Dundee United 4-1

Last Updated: 26/12/13 6:12pm

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Steven Thompson: St Mirren striker celebrates his first goal against Dundee United

Steven Thompson: St Mirren striker celebrates his first goal against Dundee United

Dundee United's hopes of stretching their unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership to seven games came to a halt as they lost 4-1 to St Mirren.

Steven Thompson, John McGinn and Jason Naismith were all on target for the home team while United, who had Keith Watson dismissed, replied with a Nadir Ciftci goal.

Thompson opened the scoring on 12 minutes as he controlled a knock down from Conor Newton before turning to dispatch a low drive into the corner.

McGinn (35) doubled the advantage for St Mirren when he pounced on Gavin Gunning's slip to tuck the ball past keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

But United responded a minute later as Ciftci latched onto a weighted pass from Ryan Gauld to score, despite the combined efforts of Marian Kello, Darren McGregor and Marc McAusland.

United pressed for an equaliser and Marian Kello brilliantly denied John Rankin, who fired in from distance, before Gary Mackay-Steven was also thwarted by the Buddies keeper who saved his attempted lob.

Watson was dismissal with 20 minutes remaining for a reckless challenge on Sean Kelly and 60 seconds later Naismith nipped in at the back post to slide the ball past Cierzniak.

Thompson completed his brace and the scoring with a late drive past the keeper to seal end St Mirren's four-game winless run in the league.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 28 66
2 Aberdeen 29 61
3 Inverness CT 29 53
4 Dundee United 28 46
5 St Johnstone 30 44
6 Hamilton Academical 31 42
7 Dundee 29 40
8 Kilmarnock 30 38
9 Partick Thistle 30 34
10 Ross County 30 28
11 Motherwell 30 25
12 St Mirren 30 21