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

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tannadice Park
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 1, Inverness CT 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Daniel Mackay replaces Joe Chalmers.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Watson replaces Charlie Seaman.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Darren McCauley replaces Charlie Trafford.

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT).

  20. Post update

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

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