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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Dundee United 4, Alloa Athletic 2.

Full Time

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

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

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

Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

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

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

Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Pavol Safranko.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Connor Shields replaces Steven Hetherington.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Craig Curran replaces Fraser Aird.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

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

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

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Paul Watson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Billy King replaces Paul McMullan.

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

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

Foul by Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic).

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Kevin Cawley replaces Jon Robertson.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Stewart Murdoch replaces Christoph Rabitsch.

Booking

Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

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

William Edjenguele (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dario Zanatta (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt missed. Christoph Rabitsch (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Neil Parry.

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United).

Dario Zanatta (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Paul Watson (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Andy Graham (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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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