Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 0-0 Dundee United

Scott McDonald and Mark Kerr
Both sides reached last season's Premiership play-offs but have had a stuttering start to the new campaign

Falkirk produced a goalless performance against Dundee United that took the Bairns' points tally to just three from six games.

It was a weary 90 minutes which produced little to enthral, with United's Paul Quinn departing early with a head knock.

Scott McDonald scraped the Falkirk crossbar and Craig Sibbald rattled United's bar, also with a header.

United hit the woodwork again, Paul McMullan's cross hitting the bar.

Fourth-placed Dundee United miss the chance to go second in the Scottish Championship while Falkirk find themselves second bottom of the division.

The most heated action was a touchline debate between referee John Beaton and Falkirk manager Peter Houston after which the Bairns boss avoided banishment to the stand.

And so the match trudged on peppered with bookings and stray passes.

Quinn was replaced by William Edjenguele and then McDonald carved out the first real effort by nodding off the bar.

The diminutive Sibbald was closer with his attempt but could not put Falkirk ahead.

And when the Tangerines went close again after the break it was a fluke with McMullan's delivery losing its way.

The same could be said of the game as an anxious support of almost 4,000 witnessed no goals.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Thomson
  • 21Balatoni
  • 8Kerr
  • 10Sibbald
  • 4Muirhead
  • 17Harris
  • 6McKeeSubstituted forCraigenat 77'minutes
  • 3McGhee
  • 33Loy
  • 24BluesSubstituted forMillerat 69'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 23Gallacher

Substitutes

  • 5Grant
  • 9Austin
  • 12Mitchell
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 18Miller
  • 20O'Hara
  • 28Craigen

Dundee Utd

  • 1Lewis
  • 4Durnan
  • 5QuinnSubstituted forEdjengueleat 10'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 6ToshneyBooked at 48mins
  • 7McMullanBooked at 63mins
  • 8McDonald
  • 11KingSubstituted forKeatingsat 63'minutes
  • 12Stanton
  • 17Robson
  • 20BrielsBooked at 66mins
  • 23Fyvie

Substitutes

  • 2Murdoch
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 16Flood
  • 18Allardice
  • 19Keatings
  • 21Mehmet
  • 44Thomas
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
4,874

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 0, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Dundee United 0.

Attempt missed. Mark Kerr (Falkirk) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

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

Foul by Jordie Briels (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Alex Harris (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Tony Gallacher (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United).

James Craigen (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Alex Harris.

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

Foul by Scott McDonald (Dundee United).

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

Scott McDonald (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordan McGhee (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Dundee United).

Booking

Lee Miller (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Scott Allardice (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. James Craigen replaces Joe McKee because of an injury.

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Falkirk).

Scott McDonald (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Lee Miller replaces Cameron Blues.

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Falkirk).

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

Tony Gallacher (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul McMullan (Dundee United).

William Edjenguele (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Falkirk).

Booking

Jordie Briels (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron Blues (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordie Briels (Dundee United).

Booking

William Edjenguele (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Paul McMullan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline64111861213
2St Mirren64021411312
3Morton6321106411
4Dundee Utd632155011
5Queen of Sth6312138510
6Livingston623110919
7Dumbarton613248-46
8Inverness CT6114914-54
9Falkirk6033512-73
10Brechin6024514-92
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