Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT1Dundee Utd1

Inverness CT 1-1 Dundee United

Dundee United fought back to draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.

Ryan Christie headed home Marley Watkins' cross to give the Highlanders an early lead.

Dean Brill made some fine saves to preserve the Inverness lead, denying Nadir Ciftci and Brian Graham.

But United did level when Farid El Alagui bundled home midway through the second half.

The chance of clinching a European place through the league now appears remote for the Tangerines with a six-point gap opened up between them and third-place Motherwell.

However, Jackie McNamara's side can secure a Europa League qualifying berth if they win the Scottish Cup final against St Johnstone.

Ryan Christie scores for Inverness against Dundee United
Christie headed Inverness ahead early in the match

After an energetic start from both sides Caley Thistle opened the scoring with a goal from nowhere.

Watkins found space on the right wing and sent a long looping ball into the box. Ryan Christie, on only his second start for the club, evaded the United defence at the far post and headed it perfectly passed the outstretched Radoslaw Cierniak.

Shortly afterwards Billy McKay had a chance to make it two when he was sent clean through the middle with a long ball but the visiting defence got back to cover.

But Dundee United began to find their stride with two golden opportunities in the space of a minute.

First, Ciftci was through on Brill, who rushed out to make a block.

And that was followed by a surging run from Ryan Dow but again Brill made a crucial block to preserve his side's lead.

McNamara's men started the second half as they had ended the first, putting sustained pressure on the Caley Thistle goal.

But it took time before they found a way through the dogged Inverness defence, who were missing their regular central defenders Gary Warren and Josh Meekings.

Substitute Brian Graham had two decent chances but could not find the desired finish.

When Dundee United did find the break through it was a messy one. There was another scramble in the box from Paul Paton's delivery and the ball eventually fell to sub El Alagui, who smashed it into the the net.

The closing stages were something of an anti-climax with neither side creating many chances and a draw was probably a fair result.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 3Shinnie
  • 19Williams
  • 16Tansey
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forPolworthat 82'minutes
  • 8Draper
  • 7Mckay
  • 36ChristieSubstituted forRossat 90'minutes
  • 10Doran

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 20Polworth
  • 34Brown
  • 37Sutherland

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 12Watson
  • 26Robertson
  • 8Rankin
  • 2Dillon
  • 5Gunning
  • 19GauldSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 67'minutes
  • 6Paton
  • 21Ciftci
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forGrahamat 45'minutes
  • 18DowSubstituted forConnollyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Graham
  • 16Wilson
  • 20Souttar
  • 25McCallum
  • 27Gomis
  • 29El Alagui
  • 39Connolly
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
3,428

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Dundee United 1.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Ryan Christie.

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

(Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Liam Polworth replaces Marley Watkins.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Connolly replaces Ryan Dow.

Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Danny Devine (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Brian Graham (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Brian Graham (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 1, Dundee United 1. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sean Dillon.

Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Farid El Alagui replaces Ryan Gauld.

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Sean Dillon.

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

Danny Devine (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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