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Dundee Utd 2-1 Morton: Peter Pawlett scores debut winner

Pavol Safranko scored his 10th goal of the season
Pavol Safranko scored his 10th goal of the season

Peter Pawlett scored on his Dundee United debut as Robbie Neilson's much-changed side overcame Morton in the Scottish Championship.

United showed six changes from the team that lost in Ayr last Friday but one of the survivors scored the opener, Pavol Safranko bundling in.

Pawlett had a header saved, but then raced through to score from 12 yards.

Bob McHugh scored for Morton after Fraser Fyvie's poor clearance, but United deservedly held on.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "In the first half, we were extremely good. We were positive and made lots of forward runs and their goalkeeper definitely kept them in it.

"Second half was a wee bit more difficult. We couldn't quite get to grips with the game but we've got quite a lot of players that haven't played 90 minutes for a long time."

Greenock Morton manager Jonatan Johansson: "The way we performed in the first half was unacceptable, especially from a few of my defensive players.

"They looked like they didn't want to be on the pitch, they looked scared and it was easy for Dundee United in the first half . Without Robbie [McCrorie] it would have been more."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 49Seaman
  • 55Connolly
  • 30ReynoldsBooked at 80mins
  • 3Booth
  • 18ButcherSubstituted forFyvieat 64'minutes
  • 47Harkes
  • 25SmithSubstituted forNesbittat 68'minutes
  • 50PawlettSubstituted forSowat 74'minutes
  • 10Clark
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 4Frans
  • 7McMullan
  • 8Fyvie
  • 9Sow
  • 12Stanton
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 34Laidlaw

Morton

  • 23McCrorie
  • 14Tumilty
  • 2KildaySubstituted forWaddellat 36'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 4BuchananBooked at 87mins
  • 3Iredale
  • 7Millar
  • 15Dykes
  • 8McAlisterSubstituted forTidserat 56'minutes
  • 20Kiltie
  • 11McHugh
  • 44Dallas

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 5Waddell
  • 6Telfer
  • 10Thomson
  • 12Tidser
  • 17O'Connell
  • 18Oliver
Referee:
Gavin Ross
Attendance:
4,902

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home16
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 2, Morton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Morton 1.

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

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Morton).

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United).

Greg Kiltie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Aidan Nesbitt (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Iredale (Morton).

Booking

Gregor Buchanan (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jack Iredale.

Booking

Kerr Waddell (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Osman Sow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kerr Waddell (Morton).

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

Booking

Mark Reynolds (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Kerr Waddell (Morton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Callum Booth (Dundee United).

Andrew Dallas (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Bob McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Charlie Seaman (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Iredale (Morton).

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

Foul by Dylan Dykes (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Osman Sow replaces Peter Pawlett.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 2, Morton 1. Bob McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Kiltie.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United).

Dylan Dykes (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Morton).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Cameron Smith.

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

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

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

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Morton).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jack Iredale.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County23136439211845
2Ayr23126540221842
3Dundee Utd2311663331239
4Inverness CT2371243328533
5Queen of Sth237973428630
6Morton237882532-729
7Dunfermline2367102330-725
8Alloa2358102435-1123
9Partick Thistle2364132336-1322
10Falkirk2356122334-1121
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