Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 Dundee United

John Herron scores
John Herron's header secured a point for Dunfermline

Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United each earned a point in a hard-fought encounter at East End Park.

Tony Andreu gave the visitors a first-half lead with a fine strike - his 12th goal of the season.

But the hosts responded before the break through John Herron's first goal for the club as the Pars extended their unbeaten run to 11 games.

United, who now trail Championship leaders Hibernian by eight points, are without a win in five matches.

The home side began the match brightly and should have taken the lead after just eight minutes.

Mark Durnan was dispossessed by Nicky Clark around 30 yards from goal and the Pars striker played in team-mate Michael Moffat rather than go it alone. Moffat's effort beat Cammy Bell but William Edjenguele got back to clear off the line.

Tony Andreu scores
Andreu put United ahead but missed a late chance to win the match

Dundee United responded well and took the lead. The home defence failed to clear their lines properly and Andreu pounced to send a cracker of a shot from 22 yards beyond Sean Murdoch.

Blair Spittal then came within inches of doubling United's advantage, his shot from the edge of the box clipping the outside of the post.

And within minutes Dunfermline drew level after a sustained spell of pressure. Kallum Higginbotham did well to create space on the left and his cross was met by the head of Herron, who's run had gone unnoticed by the visiting defence.

Bell was injured as the ball was played in and although the United keeper recovered he failed to come out for the second half and was replaced by Luis Zwick. The former Rangers keeper was taken to hospital with jaw damage.

Higginbotham blasted over for the home side but United missed a glorious chance to take the lead with 15 minutes left.

Andreu was allowed a clear shot on goal from 10 yards but Murdoch pulled off a great save. The rebound fell back at the feet of the United striker, who despite having an open goal blasted high over the top.

Scott Fraser then had a free-kick from 25 yards out that looked destined for the top corner only for Murdoch to tip around the post.

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston: "It went end to end and must have been quite exciting to watch and, to be realistic, a point was probably the right result.

"We started really well and the boys reacted very well and got back in the game after their goal.

"We had a poor start to the season, but you can see the quality in the team and we've doing well lately and we have to keep doing that.

"We have a lot of massive games coming up and we are looking good."

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "I think the performance and attitude merited the three points - I don't think there was any doubting that.

"I was really pleased with the guys' performance and their will to win the game.

"Disappointed it is only one point, but I have to be pleased after a bit of dips in form and we were back to the best.

"The only thing that was missing was the finish and sometimes you don't get what you deserve."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 6Geggan
  • 22Morris
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 3Talbot
  • 20HigginbothamSubstituted forHopkirkat 80'minutes
  • 8WedderburnBooked at 65mins
  • 21Herron
  • 18McMullanSubstituted forCardleat 72'minutes
  • 9MoffatSubstituted forReillyat 76'minutes
  • 37Clark

Substitutes

  • 4Martin
  • 5Fordyce
  • 10Hopkirk
  • 11Cardle
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Reilly
  • 43Hutton

Dundee Utd

  • 1BellSubstituted forZwickat 45'minutes
  • 20van der Struijk
  • 4DurnanBooked at 50mins
  • 14EdjengueleBooked at 5mins
  • 3DixonBooked at 31mins
  • 6Toshney
  • 16Flood
  • 10Fraser
  • 19AndreuBooked at 90mins
  • 7Spittal
  • 18MikkelsenSubstituted forMurrayat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 9Murray
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 12Telfer
  • 21Zwick
  • 23van der Velden
  • 24Robson
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
4,670

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Dundee United 1.

Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Tony Andreu (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tony Andreu (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Callum Morris.

Attempt saved. David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Gavin Reilly (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Attempt blocked. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Sean Murdoch.

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Foul by David Hopkirk (Dunfermline Athletic).

Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. David Hopkirk replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Gavin Reilly replaces Michael Moffat.

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Joe Cardle replaces Paul McMullan.

Foul by Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic).

Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Foul by Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Thomas Mikkelsen.

Booking

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Attempt missed. Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Frank van der Struijk.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian22146237112648
2Dundee Utd22117431211040
3Morton21107433211237
4Falkirk229763326734
5Queen of Sth237793034-428
6Dunfermline226882831-326
7Raith Rovers216782227-525
8Dumbarton2366112634-824
9Ayr2248102035-1520
10St Mirren2227132040-2013
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