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Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Tannadice

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.


Dundee Utd

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

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


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

Inverness CT

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


  • 1Esson
  • 4Vincent
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 17Horner
  • 19Williams
  • 21Hughes
Craig Thomson

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamInverness CT
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 0, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Eiji Kawashima.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Miles Storey.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee United).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Iain Vigurs.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).