Dis­mal day at Tan­nadice

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Queens dropped to sixth in the Cham­pi­onship after back to back de­feats.

Fol­low­ing their loss at home to Mor­ton in mid­week, they trav­elled to a side un­beaten since Rob­bie Neil­son re­placed Cs­aba Las­zlo as man­ager.

And in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions with swirling winds and driv­ing rain, Queens were caught cold when Dundee United took the lead the first time up the park.

A sim­ple cross from the right by Fraser Aird was met per­fectly by an un­marked Pavol Safranko who headed the ball over the top of Alan Martin high into the net after just two min­utes.

Two min­utes later Aird him­self went for goal as he cut in­side and fired a left foot shot straight down the mid­dle from twenty yards.

Queens were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get the ball and when they did their dis­tri­bu­tion was poor or Stephen Dob­bie was well marked. And as they strug­gled to get a hold on the game United looked com­posed and in con­trol with some sweet pass­ing foot­ball that cre­ated dan­ger.

As they con­tin­ued to pen Queens back, Cal­lum Booth crossed from the by-line but the dan­ger was headed clear by Michael Doyle.

Safranko had an­other cou­ple of de­cent chances from head­ers but failed to con­vert. Aird then crossed for Billy King but Scott Mercer came to the res­cue with a headed clear­ance.

And after half an hour Jor­dan Marshall and Josh Todd linked well down the left with the lat­ter do­ing well to hold off a chal­lenge to cut the ball back in. It was missed by Lyn­don Dykes but picked up by Kyle Ja­cobs in­side the box. His first at­tempt was spilled but the se­cond was col­lected by Ben­jamin Siegrist.

On the stroke of half-time, Fraser Fyvie hit a right foot shot straight down the mid­dle but it was an easy catch for Martin and it stayed just the one at the in­ter­val.

As the se­cond half got un­der way, Queens looked more of a threat, es­pe­cially down the left and pushed fur­ther up the park.

Dykes hooked the ball over the top of the home de­fence for Dob­bie but the front man fired a right-foot vol­ley well over the bar.

Queens were cer­tainly on the front foot and David Nor­man’s free kick was headed out for a cor­ner but that too was cleared and, as United broke on the counter at­tack, Doyle picked up a book­ing as he stopped King.

The re­sult­ing free kick was de­liv­ered into the box and Cal­lum Sem­ple, who had just re­placed Mercer, found Ste­wart Mur­doch with his clear­ance but the right back could only send a snap shot wide of the up­right.

Def­i­nitely more in the game in the se­cond half, Queens had a de­cent chance of pulling level after 70 min­utes when Dykes held off the chal­lenge of Rachid Bouhenna in­side the box but the keeper man­aged to get a touch to turn his shot into the side net­ting.

The game was over with 10 min­utes re­main­ing. Martin came off his line to the edge of the box and, un­der pres­sure from Paul McMul­lan, he al­lowed Doyle’s pass back to go past him and into the net.

Rob­bie Neil­son’s side had their tails up and McMul­lan al­most added a third with two min­utes re­main­ing when he fired a pow­er­ful right foot shot wide of Martin’s right hand post. Dundee United:

Siegrist, Mur­doch, Booth (Bar­ton 84), Ed­jenguele, McMul­lan, Fyvie, King, Stan­ton, Safranko (Cur­ran 75), Bouhenna and Aird (Clark 58)

Sub­sti­tutes not used: Rako­van, Smith, Rabitsch, Loemba. Queens:

Martin, Mercer (Sem­ple 51), Marshall, Fordyce, Doyle, Stir­ling (Harkins 73), Ja­cobs,Todd, Dob­bie, Nor­man, Dykes

Sub­sti­tutes not used: Leigh­field, Mur­ray, Bell, Ivi­son, Irv­ing. Ref­eree: CraigThom­son. At­ten­dance: 5,171.

Goal­mouth ac­tion Josh Todd clears the dan­ger

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