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Alloa Athletic 1-1 Dundee United

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Recreation Park
Paul Watson scores
Paul Watson headed home Dundee United's opener

Iain Flannigan's perfect free-kick ensured Alloa Athletic took a point from the visit of Dundee United.

After previously hitting the crossbar, set-piece specialist Flannigan curled his next opportunity into the top-left corner from 25 yards.

Paul Watson had earlier scored his third goal in two games by heading in Fraser Aird's corner kick.

On-loan Hearts forward Dario Zanatta and defender Andy Graham also had good chances for the Wasps.

This point for the hosts adds to the valuable one they brought back from playing Inverness Caledonian Thistle last week, and they remain second-bottom.

Flannigan takes all the set-pieces for Alloa and you can see why - that was the former Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle man's third goal of the season.

The towering Graham's header and block towards the end, as United pressed for a winner, summed up the Clackmannanshire side's determination to make their efforts yield a point.

United will be disappointed not to have taken the chance to go joint-top of the Championship, but they are now three games unbeaten.

'We were the better team' - reaction

Alloa Atheltic manager Jim Goodwin: "Anybody that was here will have seen how well we played. I felt a little bit angry in the dressing room afterwards because I felt it was two points dropped. We were the better team."

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo: "This was a fair result and we must recognise the fight from Alloa. They probably scored the goal of the year.

"Even if you have two goalkeepers you can't save it. But I am angry because this is a game which - with 10 minutes left at 1-0 - you have to manage to win."

Line-ups

Alloa

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 4Roscoe
  • 3Dick
  • 15Hastie
  • 10TroutenSubstituted forBurtat 67'minutes
  • 6HetheringtonBooked at 51mins
  • 7CawleySubstituted forBrownat 74'minutes
  • 11Flannigan
  • 19ZanattaSubstituted forShieldsat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Robertson
  • 9Spence
  • 12Burt
  • 14Brown
  • 17Peggie
  • 23Shields
  • 31Henry

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 34Rakovan
  • 2MurdochBooked at 74mins
  • 44Watson
  • 4FransBooked at 86mins
  • 17Robson
  • 20RabitschSubstituted forGlassat 66'minutes
  • 5Barton
  • 33AirdSubstituted forMcMullanat 87'minutes
  • 14Safranko
  • 90Loemba
  • 9CurranBooked at 56minsSubstituted forBoothat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Siegrist
  • 3Booth
  • 7McMullan
  • 16Smith
  • 22Wardrop
  • 24Edjenguele
  • 32Glass
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
1,616

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Dundee United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Liam Burt (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Callum Booth (Dundee United).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

  8. Post update

    Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Paul McMullan replaces Fraser Aird.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Connor Shields replaces Dario Zanatta.

  13. Booking

    Frederic Frans (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Liam Burt (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Frederic Frans (Dundee United).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Watson (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Liam Burt.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yannick Loemba (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Alloa Athletic 1, Dundee United 1. Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  20. Post update

    Dario Zanatta (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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