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Dunfermline Athletic 0-1 Dundee United: Visitors close gap at top to two points

Peter Pawlett attempts to add to his opening goal at East End Park
Dundee United spurned several chances to add to their lead at East End Park

Dundee United narrowed the gap on Scottish Championship leaders Ross County to two points with a dominant display against Dunfermline Athletic.

Peter Pawlett drove from near halfway, leaving a trail of defenders behind him, to slot in the opener.

Pavol Safranko was a real menace for the visitors, going close with headers on four occasions, with the last hitting the crossbar.

Pawlett also had a first-half shot well saved by the busy Ryan Scully.

A third consecutive league win was thoroughly deserved by Robbie Neilson's side, who have now played two more matches than County in the race for automatic promotion.

Queen of the South visit Tannadice on Saturday, while the Dingwall team go to Alloa Athletic.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 40Scully
  • 28Craigen
  • 14DevineBooked at 45mins
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 3Longridge
  • 7HigginbothamSubstituted forEl Bakhtaouiat 70'minutes
  • 8Beadling
  • 17Thomson
  • 35BlairSubstituted forToddat 78'minutes
  • 10LongridgeBooked at 75minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 84'minutes
  • 12Anderson

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 5Durnan
  • 15Hippolyte
  • 18El Bakhtaoui
  • 19Vincent
  • 20Gill
  • 26Todd

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 49SeamanSubstituted forWatsonat 86'minutes
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 30Reynolds
  • 3Booth
  • 50PawlettSubstituted forStantonat 69'minutes
  • 18Butcher
  • 47Harkes
  • 17RobsonBooked at 77mins
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forClarkat 79'minutes
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 8Fyvie
  • 10Clark
  • 12Stanton
  • 13Gomis
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 34Laidlaw
  • 44Watson
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
6,096

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home3
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Watson replaces Charlie Seaman.

Foul by Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Myles Hippolyte replaces Louis Longridge.

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Nicky Clark replaces Paul McMullan.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Matthew Todd replaces Ryan Blair.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Ian Harkes.

Booking

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Booking

Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

Jackson Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Samuel Stanton replaces Peter Pawlett.

Callum Booth (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Foul by Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United).

Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

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

Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

Ryan Blair (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by James Craigen.

Attempt missed. Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County28176550272357
2Dundee Utd3016774135655
3Inverness CT29111264133845
4Ayr27127842281443
5Dunfermline29117113031-140
6Morton28810102736-934
7Queen of Sth2879123535030
8Falkirk2979133140-930
9Partick Thistle2985163147-1629
10Alloa2968153046-1626
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