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Dundee Utd 4-2 Alloa Athletic: Clark, Safranko, Aird & Curran score

Pavel Safranko
Pavel Safranko headed Dundee United in front just five minutes after they conceded the opener

Dundee United moved to within three points of the Scottish Championship summit after beating Alloa Athletic.

Nicky Clark and Pavel Safranko converted Fraser Aird deliveries from close range, Aird scored a penalty, and Craig Curran added a late fourth.

The win was Robbie Neilson's fifth in six matches since replacing Csaba Laszlo last month.

Alan Trouten's spot-kick had given Alloa a shock lead and Iain Flannigan pulled it back to 3-2 before the break.

The win edges United above Ross County and closer to league leaders Ayr United, while Alloa stay eighth, one point clear of the relegation play-off spot.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44Watson
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 24Edjenguele
  • 3Booth
  • 33AirdSubstituted forCurranat 82'minutes
  • 12Stanton
  • 20RabitschSubstituted forMurdochat 62'minutes
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forKingat 72'minutes
  • 10Clark
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 2Murdoch
  • 4Frans
  • 9Curran
  • 11King
  • 16Smith
  • 17Robson
  • 34Rakovan

Alloa

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 5GrahamBooked at 51mins
  • 4Roscoe
  • 3Dick
  • 11Flannigan
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 21minsSubstituted forCawleyat 67'minutes
  • 10TroutenBooked at 61mins
  • 6HetheringtonBooked at 40minsSubstituted forShieldsat 82'minutes
  • 15Hastie
  • 19Zanatta

Substitutes

  • 7Cawley
  • 9Spence
  • 12Burt
  • 14Brown
  • 18Aloulou
  • 23Shields
  • 31Henry
Referee:
Steven Kirkland
Attendance:
4,201

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 4, Alloa Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 4, Alloa Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Callum Booth (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Billy King (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Pavol Safranko.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 4, Alloa Athletic 2. Craig Curran (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samuel Stanton.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Connor Shields replaces Steven Hetherington.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Craig Curran replaces Fraser Aird.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

  14. Post update

    Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a fast break.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Billy King replaces Paul McMullan.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fraser Aird (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr1493225121330
2Dundee Utd148332418627
3Ross County137422491525
4Inverness CT1441001913622
5Morton145541821-320
6Queen of Sth144642418618
7Dunfermline134361219-715
8Alloa142571121-1011
9Partick Thistle1431101225-1310
10Falkirk142210821-138
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