Scottish Championship
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Dundee United 1-0 Inverness CT: Nicky Clark penalty keeps Terrors in touch

Dundee United scorer Nicky Clark
Nicky Clark has scored four goals in his last five games

Dundee United kept pace with Ross County at the top of the Championship thanks to Nick Clark's penalty against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The only goal of the game coming midway though the second half after Peter Pawlett was hauled down by Brad McKay.

Clark sent Mark Ridgers the wrong way for his fourth goal in five games.

United were reduced to 10 men for the last 20 minutes when Pawlett was shown a red card for a challenge on Coll Donaldson, but they held on.

Donaldson came closes to an equaliser with a deflected shot that was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.

The hard-fought but deserved win lifts United three points above Ayr United into second place after Ian McCall's side lost 3-2 away to County, who retain a five-point lead.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "I thought the first half we played well but couldn't get the ball over the line.

"It's massive for us. It takes us a step further and now second in the league."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson: "I'm disappointed. I thought United started very well. Coming down the slope, they got at us with good chances, but then we settled.

"We changed our system a bit tonight by playing a diamond in there just to upset them."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 49SeamanSubstituted forWatsonat 84'minutes
  • 55ConnollyBooked at 32mins
  • 30Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 18Butcher
  • 47Harkes
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forNesbittat 59'minutes
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forGomisat 78'minutes
  • 50PawlettBooked at 72mins
  • 14SafrankoBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 8Fyvie
  • 9Sow
  • 13Gomis
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 25Smith
  • 34Laidlaw
  • 44Watson

Inverness CT

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2RooneyBooked at 47mins
  • 22McKay
  • 5Donaldson
  • 29McHattieBooked at 17minsSubstituted forDoran Coganat 76'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 24TraffordSubstituted forMcCauleyat 82'minutes
  • 15Welsh
  • 4ChalmersSubstituted forMackayat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Austin
  • 19White

Substitutes

  • 3Tremarco
  • 6McCart
  • 8McCauley
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 21Mackay
  • 23Mackay
  • 35Macgregor
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
4,737

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Inverness CT 0.

Attempt missed. Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

Attempt saved. Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Daniel Mackay replaces Joe Chalmers.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Attempt blocked. Sean Welsh (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Watson replaces Charlie Seaman.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Darren McCauley replaces Charlie Trafford.

Booking

Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Calum Butcher (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Morgaro Gomis replaces Nicky Clark.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Kevin McHattie.

Attempt missed. Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Jordan White (Inverness CT).

Delay in match Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) for a bad foul.

Kevin McHattie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

Shaun Rooney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Inverness CT 0. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Dundee United. Peter Pawlett draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Aidan Nesbitt (Dundee United).

Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Paul McMullan.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County25156446252151
2Dundee Utd2613763632446
3Ayr26127742261643
4Inverness CT2681263430436
5Dunfermline2697102830-234
6Morton268992633-733
7Queen of Sth2679103532330
8Alloa2668122740-1326
9Falkirk2567122636-1025
10Partick Thistle2674152743-1625
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