It has long been thought that one of the many reasons Dundee United will continue to cruise to the Championship title is the depth of their squad.
And this 1-0 victory proved it.
Several key regulars in the nine wins in a row streak were absent from the starting line-up against Queen of the South – Sam Stanton, Paul McMullan, Ian Harkes and Mark Reynolds.
So there were chances for Declan Glass after returning from Cove Rangers, Adrian Sporle and Mark Connolly.
All played their part in a narrow triumph, none more so than the man who scored the winning goal.
Connolly out-jumped the Queens defence to head home a Nicky Clark corner shortly after the half-time interval and the Tangerines bagged another three points.
It hadn’t been easy up until that point and they needed a dreadful miss from Jack Hamilton in the first half to keep them level.
Stephen Dobbie crossed for him on 39 minutes and Hamilton managed to hit his shot from three yards out at a Liam Smith leg when it would have been far easier to score (certainly if the crosser had been in front of goal).
United saw out the game pretty comfortably from there, and Smith came close to making the result more emphatic with a low 20-yarder that shaved the post.
A late Kevin Holt header that went wide after Benjamin Siegrist was caught in no man’s land was the solitary scare.
The only negatives on another three-point matchday were injuries to Calum Butcher and Connolly. Both hobbled off in the second half.