Scottish Championship
Dundee Utd2Raith Rovers2

Dundee United 2-2 Raith Rovers

Kevin McHattie (second from left) celebrates equalising for Raith Rovers
Kevin McHattie (second from left) celebrates equalising for Raith Rovers

A Kevin McHattie thunderbolt from 25 yards earned Raith Rovers a point against Dundee United at Tannadice.

Willo Flood opened the scoring for the home side with a 20-yard drive and Cammy Smith looked to have given Ray McKinnon's side control when he scored United's second from the penalty spot.

But Jordan Thompson reduced the deficit seven minutes before the break with a rising shot past Cammy Bell.

And McHattie earned Gary Locke's side a point with a glorious strike.

This was McKinnon's first match against his old club since leaving the Kirkcaldy side in May and his players began the game in whirlwind fashion.

Simon Murray and Flood both came close to an opener before the Rovers defence was breached after 17 minutes.

A free kick into the box was nodded away by Jason Thomson but Flood showed great composure as he guided his shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner.

And five minutes later the home side doubled their advantage and again Flood played a major part.

The midfielder was brought down inside the box and Smith dispatched the spot kick beyond Conor Brennan.

Raith had won their opening three league matches but had barely been in the United half and at this stage they looked down and out of the game.

Darren Jackson, first team coach at United under Jackie McNamara but now at Raith, was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson much to his dismay.

But Raith suddenly looked energised and a magnificent volley from Thompson pulled one back just before the break.

The goal gave the Kirkcaldy side new impetus and after a constant spell of pressure in the second half they drew level.

A cross into the box was cleared out as far as McHattie, who thundered a shot beyond Bell.

Both sides had half-chances before the end but the crowd of almost 7,500 were thoroughly entertained by both teams who will fancy their chances of promotion.

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "I would have to say that was two points dropped.

"From 2-0 up, to draw the game is disappointing for us. When you are in that position you should certainly win the game.

"We should have just kept the steam up on them. We didn't and a little bit of slackness crept in and it cost us a goal.

"I thought we were absolutely dominant for 30 minutes. The first 10 minutes of the second half was pretty disappointing. We should be battling harder than that then another wonder strike grabs them a point."

Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke: "I was disappointed with the first 20 minutes because we looked like a team that didn't believe in ourselves. We gave them too much respect and sat off them.

"We made a tactical change and it got us back into the game. A great strike by Jordan Thompson but for a good hour of the game I thought we were outstanding."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 6Toshney
  • 2Dillon
  • 5DonaldsonBooked at 25mins
  • 24RobsonBooked at 65mins
  • 16Flood
  • 8Murdoch
  • 23van der Velden
  • 15SmithBooked at 8mins
  • 10FraserSubstituted forSpittalat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9MurraySubstituted forObadeyiat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Spittal
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 12Telfer
  • 21Zwick
  • 26Ballantyne
  • 27Smith
  • 28Smith

Raith Rovers

  • 23Brennan
  • 2Thomson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattie
  • 12Matthews
  • 4CallachanBooked at 30mins
  • 21ThompsonSubstituted forSkacelat 70'minutes
  • 11BarrBooked at 90mins
  • 10VaughanSubstituted forStewartat 70'minutes
  • 20McManusSubstituted forDavidsonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 9Stewart
  • 14Davidson
  • 15Osei-Opoku
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 26Court
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
7,434

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 2, Raith Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Raith Rovers 2.

Booking

Blair Spittal (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Foul by Blair Spittal (Dundee United).

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

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

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers).

Booking

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

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

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers).

Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Matthews (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Iain Davidson replaces Declan McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Blair Spittal replaces Scott Fraser.

Attempt saved. Nick van der Velden (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 2, Raith Rovers 2. Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Declan McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Lewis Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Rudi Skacel replaces Jordan Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Tope Obadeyi replaces Simon Murray.

Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee United).

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

Booking

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian4400102812
2Raith Rovers431093610
3Queen of Sth431082610
4Dundee Utd41216425
5Dumbarton411256-14
6Falkirk411235-24
7Dunfermline410358-33
8Morton403137-43
9St Mirren402237-42
10Ayr4013210-81
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