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Greenock Morton 1-1 Dundee United: Robbie Neilson sent to stands

Gregor Buchanan celebrates scoring for Morton
Gregor Buchanan headed home his first goal of the season to earn Morton a point

Dundee United boss Robbie Neilson was sent to the stand as his side had to settle for a point at Morton to remain third in the Scottish Championship.

Frederick Frans rose to meet Paul McMullan's free-kick to put the visitors ahead after half an hour.

Morton levelled after 78 minutes when Gregor Buchanan headed home after United keeper Matej Rakovan made a mess of an attempted punched clearance.

United stay five points adrift of league leaders Ayr United.

Morton boss Jonatan Johansson: "I think we maybe deserved three points. We were positive at half-time and the second period was probably our best at Cappielow this season.

"This league is so tight so it is difficult for teams to come back after they are down at half-time, so for us to dominate the second half was very pleasing."

United boss Robbie Neilson: "It should have been three points but we lost our composure and stopped passing the ball. If you want to challenge for the title, you have to have the composure to take the ball and hurt the opposition in games like this.

"The referee was 60 yards away and said I shouted at him, but he did not know what I said when I asked him. He said he also did not know who it was directed at. Maybe he got caught up in the heat of the battle."

Robbie Neilson watches from the stands
Robbie Neilson (third from left) had to watch the final six minutes from the stands

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 14TumiltyBooked at 23mins
  • 2Kilday
  • 4Buchanan
  • 25McKeown
  • 8McAlister
  • 6TelferSubstituted forMcHughat 60'minutes
  • 7Millar
  • 12Tidser
  • 17TiffoneySubstituted forMacLeanat 72'minutes
  • 10Thomson

Substitutes

  • 11McHugh
  • 19MacLean
  • 22Armour
  • 23Scully
  • 28Purdue
  • 32Lyon
  • 38Eardley

Dundee Utd

  • 34Rakovan
  • 2Murdoch
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 4Frans
  • 3Booth
  • 8FyvieBooked at 42mins
  • 12Stanton
  • 33AirdSubstituted forKingat 65'minutes
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forRabitschat 75'minutes
  • 9Curran
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 11King
  • 16Smith
  • 20Rabitsch
  • 24Edjenguele
  • 28Thomas
  • 31Donaldson
  • 44Watson
Referee:
David Munro
Attendance:
1,916

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 1, Dundee United 1.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Frederic Frans.

Robert Thomson (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United).

Attempt blocked. Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Billy King (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Callum Booth (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gregor Buchanan (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Robert Thomson (Morton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

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

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Dundee United 1. Gregor Buchanan (Morton) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Chris Millar (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Booth (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Christoph Rabitsch replaces Paul McMullan.

Attempt missed. Jim McAlister (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Matej Rakovan.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Ross MacLean replaces Scott Tiffoney.

Craig Curran (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rory McKeown (Morton).

Attempt saved. Bob McHugh (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy King (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Billy King replaces Fraser Aird.

Foul by Scott Tiffoney (Morton).

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

Attempt blocked. Reghan Tumilty (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Fraser Aird.

Bob McHugh (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul McMullan (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Bob McHugh replaces Charlie Telfer.

Lee Kilday (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Rory McKeown (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr15103230121833
2Ross County1695228111732
3Dundee Utd168442524128
4Queen of Sth165742619722
5Inverness CT1541012116522
6Morton165651925-621
7Dunfermline165381623-718
8Partick Thistle1641111426-1213
9Alloa162681324-1112
10Falkirk1633101325-1212
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