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Alloa Athletic 0-0 Dundee United: Wasps hold Scottish Championship leaders

Rakish Bingham and Robbie Neilson
Robbie Neilson's side have recorded three draws and two defeats in their past five matches

Dundee United's winless run in all competitions extended to five matches as Alloa Athletic held the Scottish Championship leaders to a draw.

Lawrence Shankland was off target with three efforts for United and team-mate Calum Butcher dragged an effort wide.

Rakish Bingham tested Wasps goalkeeper Kieran Wright in the second period.

Brian Stirling had the hosts' best effort, his header kept out by the alert Benjamin Siegrist as the Tangerines moved 18 points clear.

Nearest challengers Inverness Caledonian Thistle have two games in hand but are not in league action this weekend due to their Challenge Cup semi-final with Rangers colts on Sunday. Alloa, meanwhile, are now three points clear of bottom side Partick Thistle.

Eight wins from their remaining 12 games will all but guarantee United the title and promotion to the Premiership, with Robbie Neilson's men boasting a vastly superior goal difference to Inverness, Ayr United and Dundee.

However, the Tannadice side are without a win since beating Partick Thistle in early January.

'Final pass was poor' - reaction

Alloa Athletic manager Peter Grant: "It was a tough game. They're a fantastic side, United. The boys defender diligently.

"I always thought we were a threat. If we had taken care, we could've created better chances. That was probably the only down side. They showed great guts."

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "We dominated the game, passed it really well, switched it, got into good areas but the final moment wasn't there, it was poor. Crossing was poor at times, the final pass was poor, the final selection

"It's another point on the board. It's important when we come to these places if we can't win we make sure we take a point."

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 51Wright
  • 18MalcolmSubstituted forConnellyat 68'minutes
  • 22StirlingBooked at 50mins
  • 4Deas
  • 3Dick
  • 2Taggart
  • 6Hetherington
  • 11Flannigan
  • 7Cawley
  • 17O'Hara
  • 19ThomsonSubstituted forTroutenat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Buchanan
  • 10Trouten
  • 15Connelly
  • 16Gilhooley
  • 20O'Donnell
  • 21Wilson

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 44Watson
  • 5Connolly
  • 17RobsonBooked at 49mins
  • 8Pawlett
  • 4Powers
  • 23HarkesSubstituted forSporleat 78'minutes
  • 18ButcherBooked at 42mins
  • 24Shankland
  • 14Bingham

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 6Reynolds
  • 13Mehmet
  • 21Glass
  • 22Freeman
  • 27Appere
  • 43Neilson
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
1,442

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away11
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Dundee United 0.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Calum Butcher (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kevin Cawley.

Attempt missed. Calum Butcher (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Hand ball by Robbie Deas (Alloa Athletic).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Liam Dick.

Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Watson (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Adrián Sporle replaces Ian Harkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Alan Trouten replaces Robert Thomson.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

Attempt missed. Paul Watson (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Robbie Deas.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Foul by Robbie Deas (Alloa Athletic).

Declan Glass (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lee Connelly (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Lee Connelly replaces Blair Malcolm.

Foul by Kevin O'Hara (Alloa Athletic).

Mark Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Robbie Deas (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Liam Smith.

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

Foul by Liam Smith (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Dundee United) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Steven Hetherington.

Foul by Robbie Deas (Alloa Athletic).

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

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

Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

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

Foul by Rakish Bingham (Dundee United).

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

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Booking

Ben Stirling (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd24173449183154
2Inverness CT2211383024636
3Ayr2211293531435
4Dundee239682931-233
5Dunfermline2394103632431
6Arbroath2394102125-431
7Morton2384113243-1128
8Queen of Sth2275102629-326
9Alloa2468102737-1026
10Partick Thistle2465133045-1523
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