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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 2.

Full Time

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Foul by Jamie McCart (Inverness CT).

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Rachid Bouhenna replaces Calum Butcher.

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

Attempt saved. Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Delay in match Nathan Austin (Inverness CT) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Darren McCauley replaces Liam Polworth.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Anthony McDonald replaces Tom Walsh.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Cammie Mackay.

Attempt saved. Jamie Robson (Dundee United) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Nicky Clark.

Attempt missed. Paul Watson (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Shaun Rooney.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathan Austin replaces Aaron Doran.

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT).

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

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 2. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Booth.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie McCart.

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

Delay in match Jamie McCart (Inverness CT) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Callum Booth replaces Peter Pawlett because of an injury.

Second Half

Second Half begins Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Dundee United 1.

Attempt missed. Tom Walsh (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County34208657312668
2Dundee Utd3418884739862
3Ayr331481147351250
4Inverness CT34121484539650
5Dunfermline34118153338-541
6Morton34913123445-1140
7Queen of Sth34911144141038
8Alloa34108163750-1338
9Partick Thistle33107163850-1237
10Falkirk34811153445-1135
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