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Inverness CT 0-3 Dundee Utd: Robbie Neilson's side stay top of Championship

By Eilidh DaviesBBC Sport Scotland at Caledonian Stadium
Nicky Clark's goal put Dundee United in control
Nicky Clark's goal put Dundee United in control

Dundee United maintained their three-point lead in the Scottish Championship with an impressive three-goal victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Robbie Neilson's side had lost their last three away games without scoring.

But an own goal by Shaun Rooney was added to after the break by Nicky Clark and Lawrence Shankland from the spot.

The win moves United seven points clear of their hosts, who they beat 4-1 on the opening day, before Friday's second Dundee derby of the campaign.

Inverness stay fourth, having slipped behind Dundee after their win over Morton on Friday.

Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "For the majority of the game there was very little in it. I thought their passing and movement looked a little bit sharper. They deserved to win the game in the end.

"Big moments change games and it should have been 1-1 and then in the blink of an eye we were 2-0 down. The penalty allowed United to completely dictate how the game finished by just sitting in."

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "I was pleased. We got the first goal and then in the second-half we were a bit more dominant. We got the second goal and that killed it.

"It's a very, very tough place to come. I think a lot of teams will drop three points up here. It's a good three points and we move on to the derby now."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2RooneyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forVincentat 70'minutes
  • 5Donaldson
  • 6McCart
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 34mins
  • 20CurrySubstituted forStoreyat 61'minutes
  • 8Carson
  • 24Trafford
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forWalshat 61'minutes
  • 7Keatings
  • 9White

Substitutes

  • 11Walsh
  • 12McHattie
  • 14Vincent
  • 17Storey
  • 19Todorov
  • 21MacKay
  • 22McKay

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 44Watson
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forStantonat 69'minutes
  • 18Butcher
  • 23HarkesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Appere
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forConnollyat 86'minutes
  • 24ShanklandSubstituted forSmithat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 5Connolly
  • 11Smith
  • 12Stanton
  • 13Mehmet
  • 25King
  • 35Cooney
Referee:
Grant Irvine
Attendance:
2,902

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 3.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

  6. Post update

    Charlie Trafford (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Louis Appere (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Mark Connolly replaces Nicky Clark.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Keatings (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Liam Smith.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Lawrence Shankland.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

  16. Post update

    Mark Reynolds (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 3. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Miles Storey (Inverness CT) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Penalty Dundee United. Liam Smith draws a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 2. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Calum Butcher.