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Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tannadice
Thomas Mikkelsen
Thomas Mikkelsen scored for Dundee United in the first half

Dundee United leapt into third place in the Championship with a single-goal win over Dunfermline Athletic at Tannadice.

Thomas Mikkelsen scored the only goal of the game after good work by Simon Murray.

Dunfermline striker Nicky Clark missed a glorious opportunity seconds prior to the home team scoring.

The win takes United above Greenock Morton and to within one point of Falkirk in the battle for a place in next year's Premiership.

Dunfermline remain in sixth place, six points clear of Fife rivals Raith Rovers in second-bottom spot.

Both teams had early chances, with Pars striker Michael Moffat threatening with a glancing header before Mikkelsen was inches away from a Murray cross.

Ray McKinnon's United have the best home form in the league with only one defeat in their 15 games played at Tannadice and Murray twice came close after excellent build-up work by Tony Andreu.

The goal came just before the half hour mark in what was a bizarre 60 seconds in the game.

Rhys McCabe played a wonderful ball straight into the path of Clark, who looked set to score but kicked the ground instead of the ball and the chance was gone.

The ball was played immediately up field to Murray, who played in Mikkelsen with the Dane sliding in from six yards out - his sixth goal since joining the club on loan from Odense.

It was a lead the home side just about deserved on the balance of play.

Norwich City's on-loan midfielder, Andreu, has been a shining light in what has been an uninspiring season for United and was proving to be a real thorn in the side of the Pars defence.

Sean Murdoch in the visitors goal raced out to deny the 28-year-old then Andreu smashed a shot from 25 yards off the inside of the post before the ball was cleared.

Dunfermline introduced Gavin Reilly into the attack to try and force their way back into the game, but chances were slim on the ground for the on-loan Hearts striker.

In the last minute, United had a glorious chance when substitute Nick Van Der Velden had an open goal just six yards out but blasted the ball straight at Murdoch.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bell
  • 8Murdoch
  • 4Durnan
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 24Robson
  • 16Flood
  • 35AllardiceSubstituted forToshneyat 69'minutes
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forvan der Veldenat 78'minutes
  • 19Andreu
  • 9Murray
  • 18MikkelsenSubstituted forCooteat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 6Toshney
  • 12Telfer
  • 17Kuate
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 23van der Velden

Dunfermline

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Murdoch
  • 6GegganSubstituted forWilliamsonat 66'minutes
  • 22Morris
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 3Talbot
  • 20Higginbotham
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 16McCabe
  • 18McMullanSubstituted forCardleat 77'minutes
  • 9MoffatSubstituted forReillyat 66'minutes
  • 37Clark

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 4Martin
  • 7Paton
  • 11Cardle
  • 15Spence
  • 17Reilly
  • 43Hutton
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
5,304

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nick van der Velden (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

  6. Post update

    Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tony Andreu (Dundee United).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Alistair Coote replaces Thomas Mikkelsen.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Gavin Reilly (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Toshney (Dundee United).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Nick van der Velden replaces Blair Spittal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Joe Cardle replaces Paul McMullan.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Lewis Toshney replaces Scott Allardice.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Gavin Reilly replaces Michael Moffat.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ryan Williamson replaces Andrew Geggan.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian321613348222661
2Falkirk321410851351652
3Dundee Utd3214994437751
4Morton32131184134750
5Queen of Sth32119124344-142
6Dunfermline32912113940-139
7Dumbarton32811134250-835
8St Mirren32810144250-834
9Raith Rovers3289152943-1433
10Ayr32710153155-2431
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