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Dundee United 2-1 Alloa: Nicky Clark's late winner boosts title bid

By Heather DewarBBC Scotland
Nicky Clark
Nicky Clark nets Dundee United's winner seven minutes from time

Nicky Clark's late winner moved Dundee United five points behind Scottish Championship leaders Ross County as Alloa's relegation fears deepened.

Alloa, who remain three points adrift of second-bottom Partick Thistle, led through Jordan Kirkpatrick's seventh-minute strike.

But skipper Andy Graham headed past his own keeper to restore parity.

And Clark completed the comeback in 83 minutes, converting Callum Booth's cross for his 12th goal of the season.

It's a crucial victory for second-place United who have seven games left and little margin for error. They face Dunfermline away on Tuesday and could be just two points behind County, having played two games more, when the Highlanders return to league action next Saturday.

Alloa have now lost five of their last six ahead of a Highland double. They head north to take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Tuesday then host County next Saturday.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "I'm delighted to get three points, it was a tough game. Alloa came at us and made it difficult for us to play. The pressure is on Ross County, they're in the driving seat and have been for the majority of the season. We get a chance to try and claw that back on Tuesday, to get it down to two points, and it's now about us trying to do that."

Alloa manager Jim Goodwin: "I'm extremely disappointed- we put a hell of a lot of effort into the game. The players gave everything to the cause, we defended brilliantly. With seven minutes to go though, to get done by a one-two on the far side, I'm so disappointed to lose that way. I thought we deserved a point for the effort."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44WatsonSubstituted forSeamanat 76'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 19BouhennaBooked at 53mins
  • 30Reynolds
  • 3Booth
  • 7McMullan
  • 12StantonSubstituted forHarkesat 67'minutes
  • 18Butcher
  • 17RobsonBooked at 82mins
  • 25SmithSubstituted forPawlettat 43'minutes
  • 10Clark

Substitutes

  • 8Fyvie
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 16Smith
  • 34Laidlaw
  • 47Harkes
  • 49Seaman
  • 50Pawlett

Alloa

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 8Robertson
  • 3Dick
  • 15Kirkpatrick
  • 6HetheringtonBooked at 74minsSubstituted forBrownat 87'minutes
  • 11Flannigan
  • 19Zanatta
  • 10TroutenSubstituted forCawleyat 63'minutes
  • 23ShieldsSubstituted forHamiltonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cawley
  • 9Hamilton
  • 14Brown
  • 16Karadachki
  • 17Peggie
  • 31Henry
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
4,645

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 2, Alloa Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Alloa Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jack Hamilton (Alloa Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

  6. Post update

    Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Robson (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Booking

    Charlie Seaman (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Adam Brown replaces Steven Hetherington.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Andy Graham.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 2, Alloa Athletic 1. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum Booth following a fast break.

  13. Booking

    Jamie Robson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

  15. Post update

    Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Calum Butcher.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

  18. Post update

    Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Clark (Dundee United).

  20. Post update

    Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County28176550272357
2Dundee Utd2915774035552
3Ayr27127842281443
4Inverness CT28101263831742
5Dunfermline28117103030040
6Morton28810102736-934
7Queen of Sth2879123535030
8Falkirk2979133140-930
9Partick Thistle2985163147-1629
10Alloa2868142843-1526
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