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Scottish Championship: Dundee United 1-0 Falkirk

Mark Durnan celebrates for Dundee United
Mark Durnan scored United's winner against Falkirk

Mark Durnan's first goal of the season eight minutes from time was enough to give Dundee Utd a win that keeps them three points behind leaders Hibernian.

The defender got forward to do what the strikers couldn't by forcing the ball past Falkirk goalkeeper Danny Rogers from eight yards.

That was particularly tough on someone who had made some important saves, including twice from Tony Andreu.

He also denied Scott Fraser with a fine block, but the winner was deserved.

United manager Ray McKinnon would be as relieved as he was pleased after seeing his side lose to late goals when the teams met at the Falkirk Stadium last month.

They haven't looked back since then and are now unbeaten in their last five league matches, taking 13 points in the process.

That has seen them significantly narrow the gap on Hibs at the top in recent weeks and McKinnon is determined to keep up the pressure on Neil Lennon's side.

Ray McKinnon and Peter Houston shake hands
Ray McKinnon's side got the better of Peter Houston's this time

Falkirk manager Peter Houston was disappointed to see his side lose for the second successive week but was much happier with the performance than they produced in defeat against Raith the previous Saturday.

In fact, if full back Luke Leahy had shown more composure when one-on-one with Cammy Bell in the second half, they might well have left with a win.

Houston is a realist, though, and he knows that if they can stay in contention for the promotion play-off places then they could yet play in the Premiership next season.

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "We have gradually got ourselves into contention in this league.

"It has been a stop-start time with a lot of new faces and people gelling, but when we got into second place, we didn't want to give that up.

"We want to keep moving forward as a team and you could tell by the players' reactions at the end that it was an important victory."

Falkirk manager Peter Houston: "If we are being honest, a club this size is fighting for a play-off place as we can beat anyone in a two-leg game.

"We have beaten Dundee United 3-1 at the Falkirk Stadium and lost to them here with a late goal.

"That shows we are not too far away from a club that has got far bigger resources, far bigger budgets and can bring more quality in."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 20van der Struijk
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 4Durnan
  • 3Dixon
  • 16Flood
  • 12Telfer
  • 10FraserSubstituted forDonaldsonat 87'minutes
  • 23van der VeldenSubstituted forSmithat 61'minutes
  • 11ObadeyiSubstituted forMurrayat 61'minutes
  • 19Andreu

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 5Donaldson
  • 7Spittal
  • 9Murray
  • 15Smith
  • 21Zwick
  • 24Robson

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 79mins
  • 5McCracken
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Taiwo
  • 6RankinSubstituted forCraigenat 86'minutes
  • 8Kerr
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 64minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 73'minutes
  • 9BairdSubstituted forMcHughat 80'minutes
  • 18Miller

Substitutes

  • 11Hippolyte
  • 14Grant
  • 19McHugh
  • 21Shepherd
  • 28Craigen
  • 44Watson
  • 58Mehmet
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
7,046

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Falkirk 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Falkirk 0.

Attempt blocked. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Coll Donaldson replaces Scott Fraser because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. James Craigen replaces John Rankin.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Falkirk 0. Mark Durnan (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Attempt blocked. Luke Leahy (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces John Baird.

Booking

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Scott Fraser.

Foul by Charlie Telfer (Dundee United).

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Myles Hippolyte replaces Craig Sibbald.

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

Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Rankin (Falkirk).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Tom Taiwo.

Tony Andreu (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Luke Leahy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee United).

Luca Gasparotto (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. William Edjenguele (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by John Rankin.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Nick van der Velden.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian117311861224
2Dundee Utd116321811721
3Raith Rovers116231813520
4Queen of Sth115331411318
5Falkirk115241513217
6Morton104331513215
7Ayr114251116-514
8Dunfermline112271523-88
9Dumbarton111461118-77
10St Mirren10046920-114
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