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Inverness CT 0-2 Dundee United: Visitors keep County waiting for title

Paul McMullan
Paul McMullan scored Dundee United's second goal

Dundee United beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle to guarantee at least a second-place finish and keep Ross County waiting for the Scottish Championship title.

Anything but a United win would have seen County crowned champions.

But goals from Pavol Safranko and Paul McMullan moved the Tannadice men six points behind with two games left.

United would also need to overcome a goal difference of 18 to pip County, who won 3-1 at Ayr United on Friday.

Inverness Caley Thistle, who have now secured a play-off place, finished with 10 men after Brad McKay was given a second yellow card in the final minute.

Sanfranko broke the deadlock with a left-foot volley from 18 yards after being teed up by Peter Pawlett.

McMullan doubled the lead four minutes after the break when he slotted home a Callum Booth cross from 12 yards. Home players protested to the referee that the ball had come off McMullan's arm.

Paul Watson hit the crossbar with a header and Jamie Robson had a shot cleared off line as United threatened further goals.

Jordan White nearly pulled one back for the hosts with a close-range header in the final minutes but it was saved by United keeper Benjamin Siegrist.

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson: "We need to keep winning and try to build momentum for the play-offs. Securing second place is very important.

"It was a comfortable win. I thought the ball came off his hand (McMullan) but it's one of those you take."

Inverness Caley Thistle boss John Robertson: "We spoke to Paul after it and he was honest enough to admit it hit his arm. Six of our defenders appealed for handball but they've made the cardinal sin of stopping and waiting for the whistle to go. The referee got it poorly wrong."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21Mackay
  • 2Rooney
  • 22McKayBooked at 90mins
  • 6McCart
  • 29McHattie
  • 11WalshSubstituted forMcDonaldat 67'minutes
  • 24Trafford
  • 4Chalmers
  • 10Doran CoganSubstituted forAustinat 62'minutes
  • 7PolworthSubstituted forMcCauleyat 68'minutes
  • 19White

Substitutes

  • 5Donaldson
  • 8McCauley
  • 9Austin
  • 17McDonald
  • 25Fon Williams
  • 35Macgregor
  • 40Harper

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44Watson
  • 30Reynolds
  • 55Connolly
  • 17RobsonBooked at 29mins
  • 47Harkes
  • 18ButcherBooked at 43minsSubstituted forBouhennaat 75'minutes
  • 7McMullan
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forNesbittat 64'minutes
  • 50PawlettSubstituted forBoothat 46'minutes
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 3Booth
  • 8Fyvie
  • 13Gomis
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 16Smith
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 34Laidlaw
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,971

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan White (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan White (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie McCart (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamie McCart (Inverness CT).

  13. Post update

    Paul McMullan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Paul Watson.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony McDonald (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Rachid Bouhenna replaces Calum Butcher.

  20. Post update

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

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