Dundee Utd 0
Dunfermline 0
League (Championship)

Dundee Utd
0 - 0

League (Championship)
Saturday, January 27th, 2024
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,260
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jim Goodwin
James McPake

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Walton
6. Ross Graham
8. Liam Grimshaw
4. Kevin Holt
33. Scott McMann
18. Kai Fotheringham
15. Glenn Middleton
14. Craig Sibbald
10. David Wotherspoon
23. Ross Docherty
32. Tony Watt
Deniz Mehmet .1
Chris Hamilton .5
Sam Fisher .15
Malachi Fagan-Walcott .64
Josh Edwards .3
Ewan Otoo .6
Joe Chalmers .8
Michael O'Halloran .23
Ben Summers .16
Owen Moffat .17
Lewis McCann .11

13. Jack Newman
22. Kieran Freeman
42. Greg Petrie
26. Chris Mochrie
28. Mathew Cudjoe-Anim
17. Archie Meekison
16. Jordan Tillson
7. Alex Greive
9. Louis Moult
Craig Wighton .9
Paul Allan .18
Miller Fenton .19
Taylor Sutherland .26
Sam Young .27
Jake Sutherland .31
Max Little .44

Alex Greive for Kai Fotheringham (60)
Louis Moult for Tony Watt (60)
Jordan Tillson for Ross Docherty (68)
Archie Meekison for David Wotherspoon (68)
Mathew Cudjoe-Anim for Glenn Middleton (79)
Craig Whighton for Owen Moffat (60)
Paul Allan for Lewis McCann (61)
Taylor Sutherland for Ben Summers (89)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Graham Grainger (Referee)
Steven Traynor & Calum Haswell (Assistants)

Match Report

It was a case of missed opportunity again at Tannadice, as United and Dunfermline Athletic shared the points for the second time this season. The point pushed United into first place in the Championship though, with Raith Rovers stumbling.

Three changes were made to the starting eleven with new signing David Wotherspoon making his debut. Returning were Craig Sibbald, coming back from suspension, and club captain Ross Docherty playing his first game since December 9th.

United set out to attack and they threatened early on with a couple of chances for Craig Sibbald thwarted. Then, on the quarter hour mark, Kai Fotheringham had a shot on goal blocked after good work from Glenn Middleton to send the ball into the box.

On 22 minutes, Ross Graham will have felt he could have done better with a header he sent over the bar from a corner. It was United's fifth corner of the match.

It was mainly one way traffic as the half wore on and the best chances fell to Liam Grimshaw, who almost curled a shot in at the far post, before it was headed to safety.

A Kevin Holt chance almost dipped under the bar after the defender had carried the ball from own half, but his shot from outside the box was blocked and landed just over the bar.

The last significant action of the half resulted in the visitors registering their first shot on target, Sam Fisher hitting a left footed shot from outside the box to force a save from Jack Walton to the bottom right corner.

The opening stages of the second period were as drab as the score would suggest, with limited chances to speak of.

But it was Dunfermline who came closest to breaking the deadlock when a Michael O'Halloran low cross was deflected on to the post by after a shot from Craig Wighton.

Looking to liven things up, United made four substitutions in the space of eight minutes, but it took until the final moments for the game to kick into life.

In stoppage time, substitute Archie Meekison almost grabbed the headlines when he forced former United stopper Deniz Mehmet to pull off a tremendous save with a curling effort from the edge of the box.

Louis Moult came close after a ball into the area had been deflected into a danger area, but shortly after United's final throw of the dice, time ran out on the game.

Another disappointing point on home soil is not what the manager would have wanted, but solace will be taken from nearest rivals Raith Rovers falling to defeat at home to Inverness. For this week at least, United have opened a gap at the top of the division.

Written by Niall Harkiss

Squad Statistics (as at January 27th, 2024)

2023-24 All Time
Jack Walton (GK)25 29 - 29 -
Ross Graham22 15 - 512
Liam Grimshaw28 27 - 27 -
Kevin Holt31 288288
Scott McMann27 292942
Kai Fotheringham20 26114011
Glenn Middleton24 293648
Craig Sibbald28 243654
David Wotherspoon34 1 - 1 -
Ross Docherty31 161161
Tony Watt30 2896814
Jordan Tillson (sub)30 20 - 20 -
Archie Meekison (sub)21 13 - 361
Mathew Cudjoe-Anim (sub)20 225405
Alex Greive (sub)24 2 - 2 -
Louis Moult (sub)31 24112411

League Table (as at January 27th, 2024)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 21 13 6 2 +33 45
2. Raith Rovers 22 13 5 4 +9 44
3. Partick Th 22 10 7 5 +9 37
4. Morton 21 8 5 8 0 29
5. Airdrie 21 8 4 9 -4 28
6. Ayr Utd 22 7 5 10 -10 26
7. Dunfermline 20 6 6 8 0 24
8. Inverness CT 22 6 6 10 -1 24
9. Queen's Park 21 5 5 11 -14 20
10. Arbroath 22 5 3 14 -22 18

League results since United's last match
13th January 2024
Arbroath0-0Ayr Utd
Morton1-1Partick Th
Raith Rovers1-2Queen's Park
23rd January 2024
Ayr Utd2-0Arbroath
27th January 2024
Airdrie1-1Partick Th
Dundee Utd0-0Dunfermline
Queen's Park1-2Ayr Utd
Raith Rovers2-3Inverness CT