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Greenock Morton 1-2 Dundee United: Championship leaders go 10 points clear

Dundee United scorer Luis Appere
Louis Appere put United ahead in Greenock

Dundee United moved 10 points clear in the Scottish Championship after beating Greenock Morton to record a seventh consecutive win.

Louis Appere and Lawrence Shankland both finished smartly from 10 yards in the first half - the latter after John Sutton's scrambled leveller.

It was the first United had conceded to an opposition player since mid-October.

But Morton could not fashion a second, despite repeatedly troubling United from-set plays.

Morton's defeat, just their second at home this term, leaves David Hopkin's side eighth - two points off the bottom.

Greenock Morton manager David Hopkin: "We gave a poor goal away from a set-play and we knew it was going to be difficult, but we got back into the game with a great header from John Sutton and then we switch off again for their second.

"Credit to the players, in the second half, there was only one team that looked like they were going to score.

"We have only been in the job six months now and we've had a lot to contend with. It's no secret that the club wanted to reduce the budget significantly and we had to go down a different route and it's going to take time - I just hope everybody's patient with it because I think there were six or seven of our players tonight under the age of 21."

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "Morton have picked up 16 points this season and 16 have been at home, with only one defeat, so we knew it was going to be one of the hardest venues to come to.

"We stood up to the game - and it was a physical game as we knew it would be - and got the three points.

"It was a big result for us, but there's still a long way to go."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 20Rogers
  • 3Welsh
  • 30Baird
  • 5Grant
  • 28Livingstone
  • 6JacobsBooked at 39mins
  • 10Nesbitt
  • 17Lyon
  • 8McAlisterBooked at 57minsSubstituted forCaddenat 66'minutes
  • 29ColvilleBooked at 90mins
  • 21SuttonSubstituted forMcHughat 66'minutesSubstituted forSalkeldat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ramsbottom
  • 7Millar
  • 9Muirhead
  • 11McHugh
  • 14Salkeld
  • 18Blues
  • 19Cadden

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 44Watson
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 18Butcher
  • 23Harkes
  • 12StantonSubstituted forConnollyat 90+2'minutes
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forKingat 83'minutes
  • 27Appere
  • 24Shankland

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 5Connolly
  • 13Mehmet
  • 19Brown
  • 20Chalmers
  • 25King
  • 40Mochrie
Referee:
David Lowe
Attendance:
1,120

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, Dundee United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 1, Dundee United 2.

Booking

Luca Colville (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luca Colville (Morton).

Liam Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Mark Connolly replaces Samuel Stanton.

Jack Baird (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Dundee United).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Attempt blocked. Calum Butcher (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Morton).

Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jack Baird (Morton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Calum Butcher.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Adam King replaces Nicky Clark.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Cameron Salkeld replaces Bob McHugh because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Reece Lyon (Morton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Attempt missed. Luca Colville (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Luca Colville (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Bob McHugh replaces John Sutton.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Nicky Cadden replaces Jim McAlister.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Peter Grant (Morton).

Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Adam Livingstone.

Booking

Jim McAlister (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Luca Colville (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Adam Livingstone (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Morton 1, Dundee United 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Morton 1, Dundee United 2.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

Attempt saved. Kyle Jacobs (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Aidan Nesbitt (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd16130337142339
2Inverness CT169252418629
3Dunfermline167452517825
4Ayr168172923625
5Arbroath166461617-122
6Dundee166462022-222
7Queen of Sth165471619-319
8Morton1651102034-1416
9Partick Thistle164392132-1115
10Alloa163581628-1214
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