Dismal day at Tannadice
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