Match ends, Dundee United 1, Brechin City 0.
Scott McDonald's goal with 10 minutes left kept Dundee United's perfect start to the Scottish Championship intact with victory over struggling Brechin.
Scott Fraser's curling shot was saved by Brechin keeper Graeme Smith early on, while United captain Mark Durnan glanced a header wide.
The visitors hit the post before the break and Jordan Sinclair's shot was tipped over by keeper Harry Lewis.
But McDonald scored from close range to seal a third straight win for United.
They remain two points ahead of Dunfermline, who beat Falkirk 3-1, in second, while Brechin have just one point from their opening three games, the same tally as Falkirk and Inverness.
- 10FraserSubstituted forNkoyiat 75'minutes
- 19KeatingsSubstituted forFloodat 61'minutes
- 14LynasSubstituted forO'Neilat 86'minutes
- 2McLeanBooked at 40mins
- 18OrsiBooked at 78mins
- 15SparkBooked at 65minsSubstituted forWattat 72'minutes
- 9JacksonSubstituted forLayneat 81'minutes
- Euan Anderson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Brechin City 0.
Attempt missed. Paul McLean (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
Foul by Patrick Nkoyi (Dundee United).
Sean Crighton (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Patrick Nkoyi (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Sean Crighton (Brechin City).
Substitution, Brechin City. Chris O'Neil replaces Aron Lynas because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Patrick Nkoyi (Dundee United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Aron Lynas.
Substitution, Brechin City. Isaac Layne replaces Andrew Jackson.
Goal! Dundee United 1, Brechin City 0. Scott McDonald (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.
Attempt missed. Finn Graham (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Kalvin Orsi (Brechin City) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Dundee United. Patrick Nkoyi replaces Scott Fraser because of an injury.
Billy King (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Aron Lynas (Brechin City).
Attempt blocked. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Brechin City. Liam Watt replaces Euan Spark.
Attempt saved. Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.