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Dunfermline Athletic 0-1 Dundee United: Visitors close gap at top to two points

Peter Pawlett attempts to add to his opening goal at East End Park
Dundee United spurned several chances to add to their lead at East End Park

Dundee United narrowed the gap on Scottish Championship leaders Ross County to two points with a dominant display against Dunfermline Athletic.

Peter Pawlett drove from near halfway, leaving a trail of defenders behind him, to slot in the opener.

Pavol Safranko was a real menace for the visitors, going close with headers on four occasions, with the last hitting the crossbar.

Pawlett also had a first-half shot well saved by the busy Ryan Scully.

A third consecutive league win was thoroughly deserved by Robbie Neilson's side, who have now played two more matches than County in the race for automatic promotion.

Queen of the South visit Tannadice on Saturday, while the Dingwall team go to Alloa Athletic.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 40Scully
  • 28Craigen
  • 14DevineBooked at 45mins
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 3Longridge
  • 7HigginbothamSubstituted forEl Bakhtaouiat 70'minutes
  • 8Beadling
  • 17Thomson
  • 35BlairSubstituted forToddat 78'minutes
  • 10LongridgeBooked at 75minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 84'minutes
  • 12Anderson

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 5Durnan
  • 15Hippolyte
  • 18El Bakhtaoui
  • 19Vincent
  • 20Gill
  • 26Todd

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Siegrist
  • 49SeamanSubstituted forWatsonat 86'minutes
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 30Reynolds
  • 3Booth
  • 50PawlettSubstituted forStantonat 69'minutes
  • 18Butcher
  • 47Harkes
  • 17RobsonBooked at 77mins
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forClarkat 79'minutes
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 8Fyvie
  • 10Clark
  • 12Stanton
  • 13Gomis
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 34Laidlaw
  • 44Watson
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
6,096

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home3
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Dundee United 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Watson replaces Charlie Seaman.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Myles Hippolyte replaces Louis Longridge.

  11. Post update

    Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Clark (Dundee United).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Nicky Clark replaces Paul McMullan.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Matthew Todd replaces Ryan Blair.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Ian Harkes.

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

    Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

  19. Booking

    Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).