Scottish Premiership
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Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT

Dundee United lurched closer to the drop as a toothless display ensured they fell to defeat by an improved Inverness Caledonian Thistle side.

Miles Storey tapped in Ross Draper's cut-back as the United defence was opened up.

Then Iain Vigurs made it two after the break with a long drive past goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

The result leaves Mixu Paatelainen's side eight points adrift of second-bottom Kilmarnock.

It means they have to win a minimum of three of their remaining five games, having won just six from 33 so far, to avoid automatic relegation.

On the evidence of this match, that is an entirely improbable sequence of results, with United on a run of only one win in their last six matches.

Same old Storey as United falter

A Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian next weekend may be a welcome distraction in a season that, otherwise, threatens to be utterly grim.

Caley Thistle may not have been able to hit the heights of last season - they will finish in the bottom six despite this victory - but they were markedly superior to United.

Storey's opening goal came seconds after he was allowed a clear run on goal by a fragile United defence and though Kawashima denied him then, United failed to learn a lesson and allowed Draper in behind them to set up Storey for a tap-in.

Dundee United fans
Dundee United fans booed their team off at the end

Kawashima kept the deficit down, saving from Greg Tansey and Gary Warren before the break, but he was beaten again early in the second half.

A corner kick was cleared as far as Vigurs who, 25 yards from goal, powered the ball past the Japanese keeper, who pushed over a similar effort from the midfielder later in the match.

United only seriously threatened Owain Fon Williams' goal on a couple of occasions and both times the visiting keeper saved well, firstly from Guy Demel and then Kyle Knoyle.

The full-time whistle was greeted by boos from the bulk of the United fans who had remained to the bitter end, but it appears there is an even more bitter end to follow.

For Inverness it was just the Highlanders' second win in eight Premiership matches, but not enough to make the top six.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Kawashima
  • 12Knoyle
  • 5Morris
  • 19GunningSubstituted forDillonat 60'minutes
  • 3DixonSubstituted forMurrayat 38'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 6Paton
  • 55Demel
  • 8RankinBooked at 90mins
  • 14DowSubstituted forFraserat 55'minutes
  • 7Mckay
  • 26Anier

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 11Erskine
  • 15Murray
  • 20Spittal
  • 21Szromnik
  • 22Fraser
  • 28Donaldson

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 62mins
  • 16TanseyBooked at 57mins
  • 8Draper
  • 27Vigurs
  • 20Polworth
  • 39StoreySubstituted forWilliamsat 80'minutes
  • 28Mbuyi-MutomboBooked at 53minsSubstituted forVincentat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 4Vincent
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 17Horner
  • 19Williams
  • 21Hughes
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
6,927

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 0, Inverness CT 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 0, Inverness CT 2.

Booking

Owain Fon Williams (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

John Rankin (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Simon Murray (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee United).

James Vincent (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Eiji Kawashima.

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Miles Storey.

Attempt blocked. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee United).

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Iain Vigurs.

Kyle Knoyle (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kyle Knoyle (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. James Vincent replaces Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo.

Booking

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kyle Knoyle (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Callum Morris (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Sean Dillon replaces Gavin Gunning because of an injury.

Booking

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Guy Demel (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Fraser replaces Ryan Dow.

Attempt missed. Henri Anier (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic33237378255376
2Aberdeen33215756362068
3Hearts32178754332159
4Motherwell33135154149-844
5St Johnstone33127144851-343
6Ross County33134164855-743
7Dundee33914104849-141
8Partick Thistle33118143239-741
9Inverness CT32109134043-339
10Hamilton3399153655-1936
11Kilmarnock3388173354-2132
12Dundee Utd3366213358-2524
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