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Dunfermline Athletic 0-0 Dundee United

Dunfermline's Declan McManus fires against a post against Dundee United
Declan McManus was denied by a post against Dundee United

Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United lost further ground on Scottish Championship leaders St Mirren after a goalless draw at East End Park.

The third-top hosts nearly took all three points in added time when Declan McManus crashed a shot off a post.

United goalkeeper Harry Lewis had earlier pulled off a brilliant save to tip McManus's header over.

Willo Flood and Emil Lyng had chances for second-placed United and they now trail St Mirren by eight points.

With last weekend's 6-1 capitulation at the hands of Falkirk fresh in their minds, a shudder went down the spines of travelling Tangerine fans as McManus surged and shot all too easily only one minute into the game.

But that attempt sailed over, United settled and Paul McMullan, back for the visitors after suspension and against his former team-mates, unleashed a stinging drive straight at goalkeeper Lee Robinson.

Striker Lyng made his first start for United and, with his big frame, the bustling Dane showed strength and some neat touches in the build-up play.

Defenders Callum Morris and Jean Yves Mvoto, themselves not lacking in presence, welcomed the physical challenge of trying to contain the former Lille and Silkeborg man.

Mvoto nearly failed in that task when his concentration and foot slipped midway through the first half, but Lyng was slow to shoot before being closed down.

There were times when Dunfermline, through McManus, Michael Paton and Joe Cardle, applied sustained pressure without final balls reaching their destinations before the game burst into life in the second half.

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo chats with Jamie Robson
Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo (left) was unhappy at the final whistle

Flood drove the ball across goal with no United team-mates to apply the finishing touch before United goalkeeper Lewis twice did just enough to deny Nicky Clark and McManus.

Lewis did not cover himself in glory when he fluffed a clearance, the ball falling to Paton, who curled narrowly over.

Billy King weighted a lovely pass to create an opening for McMullan, but Robinson turned his effort from a tight angle wide.

Robinson then watched Lyng direct a header over the crossbar when well-placed from Flood's cross.

Lewis made amends for his earlier mistake by superbly tipping over a McManus header after the forward met Paton's delivery.

Mvoto gave his team-mates a scare when his sliced clearance from Jamie Robson's centre nearly ended up in his own net.

Right at the death, Dunfermline thought they had nicked it, but McManus's shot from the edge of the box hit found the woodwork.

It leaves United, who were seeking a fourth consecutive win over their hosts, unbeaten in 12 meetings with the Fifers since August 2011 and prevented the Pars recording a fourth straight win.

However, with St Mirren winning 2-0 away to Dumbarton, United slip further adrift of the Buddies, with Dunfermline another seven points back.

Match reaction

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston: "If any team was going to win it, it was going to be us.

"We were the team on the front foot, especially in the second half.

"I don't think there was much between the teams in the first half, but second half we created good chances and their keeper's kept them in it.

"We've hit the target a number of times, made the keeper work and were one-on-one with the keeper and he made a great save as well, we've hit the post.

"But we're disappointed not to win at home and we're looking to win these games to try to catch them.

"It is obviously going to be difficult as St Mirren are starting to build up a bit of a lead, but we've just got to focus on ourselves and try to finish as high up as we can."

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo: "I am not happy, because we do not win.

"We had a couple of chances and didn't score, but the fighting spirit was generally okay.

"I wished for more control in the midfield, with and without the ball.

"Here in Dunfermline is a tough game always, they are in third position and, if they won, they would have closed the gap a little bit with us.

"But generally I think a draw was the correct result, so I have to recognise that.

"I will be pleased to get some injured players back, because at the moment we are struggling."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 25Robinson
  • 2WilliamsonBooked at 28mins
  • 5Morris
  • 4MvotoBooked at 83mins
  • 14Talbot
  • 15PatonSubstituted forHigginbothamat 88'minutes
  • 27Shiels
  • 8WedderburnBooked at 61mins
  • 11CardleBooked at 53minsSubstituted forAirdat 69'minutes
  • 9McManus
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forRyanat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 7Higginbotham
  • 16Ryan
  • 17Aird
  • 20Gill
  • 21Luke

Dundee Utd

  • 25Lewis
  • 16Flood
  • 4Durnan
  • 3Scobbie
  • 17Robson
  • 12StantonSubstituted forQuinnat 75'minutes
  • 15SlaterBooked at 78mins
  • 11KingBooked at 88mins
  • 8McDonald
  • 7McMullan
  • 58Lyng

Substitutes

  • 5Quinn
  • 18Allardice
  • 21Mehmet
  • 26Ballantyne
  • 28Smith
  • 36Appere
  • 38Chalmers
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
7,139

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

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

Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Fraser Aird (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

Delay in match Scott McDonald (Dundee United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Michael Paton.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Andy Ryan replaces Nicky Clark.

Booking

Billy King (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Billy King (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

Booking

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Dunfermline Athletic).

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Harry Lewis.

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Craig Slater (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dean Shiels (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Emil Lyng (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Quinn replaces Samuel Stanton.

Foul by Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Attempt missed. Craig Slater (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Robinson.

Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Tam Scobbie (Dundee United).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Fraser Aird replaces Joe Cardle.

Delay in match Craig Slater (Dundee United) because of an injury.

Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren22153441231848
2Dundee Utd2112453023740
3Dunfermline2196637241333
4Livingston209653124733
5Queen of Sth218673430430
6Inverness CT228682925430
7Morton207762721628
8Dumbarton214891528-1320
9Falkirk214892034-1420
10Brechin2104171648-324
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