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Dundee Utd 2-1 Falkirk: Robbie Neilson' side stay third in Championship

Sam Stanton scores for Dundee United
Sam Stanton's strike put United on course for victory

Falkirk midfielder Paul Paton was sent off for an apparent stamp and head butt as his side lost to Dundee United in the Scottish Championship.

Sam Stanton's left-foot shot put the hosts ahead, and Pavol Safranko headed in his eighth of the season from Fraser Aird's cross to double the lead.

Ex-United midfielder Paton was sent off after clashing with Safranko before Aaron Muirhead's last-minute penalty.

Dundee United remain third, four points off the top.

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson: "We played really well and had loads of chances. The gap at the top has narrowed a little bit and we need to make sure we keep mounting the pressure.

"I've been kept in the loop on the takeover and it sounds like a fantastic opportunity for the club. It's a great place to be at the moment because their plans are very big."

Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon: "It was a difficult game. They scored a deflected goal, which was a bit unfortunate, then we get done by a set piece.

"But the guys' determination, attitude and desire was great after the break. I just wish they'd played like that for the whole game."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Murdoch
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 4Frans
  • 3Booth
  • 8FyvieSubstituted forWatsonat 63'minutes
  • 12StantonBooked at 65mins
  • 7McMullan
  • 11King
  • 33AirdSubstituted forSmithat 79'minutes
  • 14SafrankoBooked at 64minsSubstituted forCurranat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Curran
  • 16Smith
  • 17Robson
  • 20Rabitsch
  • 24Edjenguele
  • 34Rakovan
  • 44Watson

Falkirk

  • 12Mitchell
  • 2KiddSubstituted forIrvingat 61'minutes
  • 3McGhee
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 78mins
  • 18Brough
  • 14Robson
  • 17BuabenBooked at 58minsSubstituted forHarrisonat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6PatonBooked at 65mins
  • 8SammutBooked at 70mins
  • 19RuddenBooked at 33mins
  • 24HaberBooked at 48minsSubstituted forLewisat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fasan
  • 5Dallison-Lisbon
  • 9Lewis
  • 15Harrison
  • 25Irving
  • 26Russell
  • 35Dunne
Referee:
Steven Kirkland
Attendance:
5,267

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 2, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Falkirk 1.

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

Foul by Scott Harrison (Falkirk).

Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dennon Lewis (Falkirk).

Booking

Scott Harrison (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

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

Foul by Craig Curran (Dundee United).

Scott Harrison (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 2, Falkirk 1. Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Falkirk. Dennon Lewis draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Dundee United).

Zak Rudden (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Frederic Frans (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

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

Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Benjamin Siegrist (Dundee United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Matthew Smith replaces Fraser Aird.

Booking

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Attempt saved. Zak Rudden (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Harrison replaces Prince Buaben.

Dennon Lewis (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Frederic Frans (Dundee United).

Foul by Craig Curran (Dundee United).

Thomas Robson (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Craig Curran (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zak Rudden (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Craig Curran replaces Pavol Safranko.

Attempt missed. Fraser Aird (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Ruben Sammut (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County18106233141936
2Ayr17105233151835
3Dundee Utd189542826232
4Inverness CT1751112418626
5Queen of Sth185852621523
6Morton185762027-722
7Dunfermline185581623-720
8Alloa183781726-916
9Partick Thistle1842121630-1414
10Falkirk1834111427-1313
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