Scottish Championship
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Queen of the South 0-1 Dundee United: Terrors narrow gap on leaders

Queen of the South's Jordan Marshall keeps a watch on Dundee United's Frederic Frans, Rachid Bouhenna, Pavol Safrenko and Ian Harkes
Dundee United are piling the pressure on the leaders

Nicky Clark's first-half penalty took Dundee United to within three points of Championship leaders Ross County after a third league win over Queen of the South this season.

Barry Maguire brought down Peter Pawlett and Clark hit his eighth goal of the season after the Motherwell loanee was sent off for the challenge.

A Stephen Dobbie free-kick flew just wide for 10-man Queens after the break.

And Kyle Jacobs rattling the bar with another effort from outside the box.

Queens midfielder Nicky Low and United counterpart Ian Harkes tested referee Andrew Dallas' patience with a fight near the end, but the official flashed yellow cards when many of the 2012 fans thought they too might have been shown red.

Queen of the South assistant manager Dougie Anderson: "It was a traditional game of two halves and, despite being down to 10 men, we were more attack-minded in the second half.

"We hit the bar and they gave everything, but it is a harsh lesson and the penalty changed the game.

"We need to address our run of form in terms of results, we need to get points on the board and, with a run of three games coming up, we need to start picking up points.

"They are all big tests in The Championship, and the difference between a relegation battle and the top four is probably as close as it has ever been."

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "That was a massive win for us given the fact that only ourselves and Morton have won here in the league this season.

"Ayr and Ross County have both been beaten heavily here, so I'm delighted for the players and the fans that we got the win.

"It is going to be extremely tight at the top over the next few weeks and wins like this are big."

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

  • 1Martin
  • 2Mercer
  • 30MaguireBooked at 40mins
  • 21Wilson
  • 3Marshall
  • 7StirlingSubstituted forFordyceat 41'minutes
  • 8JacobsSubstituted forMcGrathat 84'minutes
  • 14LowBooked at 81mins
  • 6Doyle
  • 11Dobbie
  • 25Dykes

Substitutes

  • 4Fordyce
  • 5Brownlie
  • 12McGrath
  • 17Murray
  • 20Leighfield

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 49Seaman
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 4Frans
  • 17Robson
  • 13Gomis
  • 47HarkesBooked at 82mins
  • 50PawlettSubstituted forStantonat 85'minutes
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forWatsonat 76'minutes
  • 10Clark
  • 14SafrankoSubstituted forSowat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Booth
  • 9Sow
  • 12Stanton
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 25Smith
  • 34Laidlaw
  • 44Watson
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
2,012

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Queen of the South 0, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queen of the South 0, Dundee United 1.

Nicky Low (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Osman Sow (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Charlie Seaman (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Samuel Stanton replaces Peter Pawlett because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Ian McGrath replaces Kyle Jacobs.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Booking

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Nicky Low (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Nicky Low (Queen of the South).

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Watson replaces Paul McMullan.

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

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

Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Osman Sow replaces Pavol Safranko.

Attempt saved. Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Mercer.

Foul by Scott Mercer (Queen of the South).

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Iain Wilson.

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Andy Stirling (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United).

Nicky Low (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Charlie Seaman (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Scott Mercer (Queen of the South).

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

Attempt saved. Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Alan Martin.

Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

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

Foul by Callum Fordyce (Queen of the South).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County23136439211845
2Ayr24127540221843
3Dundee Utd2412663431342
4Inverness CT2471253329433
5Queen of Sth247983429530
6Morton247982532-730
7Dunfermline2477102430-628
8Partick Thistle2474132536-1125
9Falkirk2466122535-1024
10Alloa2558122539-1423
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