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Outswinging corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line, Martin Hardie manages to make a clearance.
Garry Kenneth concedes a free kick for a foul on David Graham. Martin Hardie takes the direct free kick.
Corner from left by-line taken by Willo Flood.
Paul Burns finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Dunfermline.Assist by Joe Cardle.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Willo Flood, clearance made by Alex Keddie.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Austin McCann on Ryan Dow. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon from right channel, Jason Thomson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson by Jason Thomson results in a free kick. John Rankin takes the direct free kick.
Johnny Russell goes off and Ryan Dow comes on.
Foul by Jon Daly on Andy Dowie, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Martin Hardie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood. Martin Hardie shown a yellow card. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
Jon Daly is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Sean Dillon fouled by Martin Hardie, the ref awards a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gavin Gunning on Andrew Barrowman, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joe Cardle, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
Corner taken by Willo Flood.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood from the left by-line to the near post, save by Paul Gallacher.
Martin Hardie fouled by Scott Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Robertson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Jason Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line, clearance made by Alex Keddie.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson by Jason Thomson results in a free kick. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
Garry Kenneth challenges Martin Hardie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Martin Hardie from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Willo Flood from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Gallacher by Garry Kenneth. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Barry Douglas goes off and Daniel Swanson comes on.
John Rankin has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Paul Burns on Barry Douglas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
Andy Kirk goes off and Andrew Barrowman comes on.
Corner taken by Willo Flood from the left by-line.
Corner taken by Willo Flood from the left by-line to the near post, save by Paul Gallacher.
Martin Hardie sends in a cross, save by Dusan Pernis.
Alex Keddie challenges Jon Daly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Rankin.
Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by John Rankin misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Hardie on Scott Robertson. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood played to the near post.
Andy Kirk is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Garry Kenneth by Alex Keddie results in a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Willo Flood, Jon Daly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Keddie. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Barry Douglas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Thomson. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Cardle on Sean Dillon. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood from the left by-line, Scott Robertson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
Martin Hardie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood. Direct free kick taken by Willo Flood.
Headed effort from the edge of the area by Jon Daly goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Close range header by Martin Hardie goes over the bar.
Paul Dixon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Burns. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andy Dowie, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Barry Douglas takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Sean Dillon challenges Joe Cardle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Cardle delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Scott Robertson manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Sean Dillon concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Hardie. Joe Cardle delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Scott Robertson.
Joe Cardle takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Johnny Russell makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Kirk. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Andy Kirk is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Willo Flood takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
The referee blows for offside against Joe Cardle. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
Johnny Russell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andy Dowie takes the free kick.
Johnny Russell fouled by Andy Dowie, the ref awards a free kick. Willo Flood takes the direct free kick.
Martin Hardie challenges Garry Kenneth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Hardie on Johnny Russell. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.
Willo Flood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cardle. Jason Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
Dundee duo pushing for starts
Danny Swanson and Gavin Gunning are pushing for more involvement in Dundee United's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dunfermline.
The pair played 90 minutes in a closed-door game against Hibernian in midweek as Swanson looks to overcome a virus and Gunning aims to add to his debut off the bench at Celtic Park.
Scott Severin is United's only casualty following his triple leg break.
Striker Jon Daly is confident United can bounce back quickly from last week's heavy defeat as the Tayside men look for their first SPL win at Tannadice this season.
United suffered a 5-1 reverse at Parkhead last week but created a number of chances and Daly was not downbeat over the scoreline.
Peter Houston's side will be looking to improve on home draws against Kilmarnock and St Mirren against the Pars.
"When you go to Celtic Park and Ibrox you know you are going to get punished if you make mistakes and that's what happened," Daly said.
"We have not defended properly for the first two goals and gifted them those goals. We were pushing forward and they hit us on the break a couple of times.
"We will take it on the chin and move on and try and get three points on Saturday.
"We would like to have more points on the board but the performances we have been putting in have been quite good.
"If we can keep that level of performance up, I think we will get more points than we drop."
Irn-Bru First Division champions Dunfermline have recovered from a difficult first 45 minutes of the season against St Mirren to record an unbeaten start to the campaign.
The Pars followed draws against St Mirren and Inverness with a win at St Johnstone last weekend.
Daly said: "We know they are going to be a good side because the First Division is a tough division to get out of. They have started well and are unbeaten so it's going to be tough."
Kevin Rutkiewicz returns from a thigh injury for Dunfermline.
Andy Barrowman is back in the squad after recovering from a calf injury, while Steven Bell (Achilles) and Nicky Phinn (hamstring) remain absent.
Midfielder Paul Burns is relishing the prospect of weekly encounters with SPL opposition.
The 27-year-old had spent 11 years with Queen of the South before he moved to East End Park this summer as the Pars returned to the top flight.
Burns enjoyed several cup battles against SPL opposition during his time with the First Division club and played in the 2008 Scottish Cup final against Rangers at Hampden.
Burns acknowledged a fulfilled ambition of playing in the SPL.
He said: "I didn't think it was out of my reach but you maybe think that your chance has gone.
"But you have to get your head down and work hard and the chance came for me and I am thoroughly enjoying it now.
"I had obviously played against SPL teams in the cup before but it is my first time in the SPL, and it is something I look forward to.
"In the cup there is different expectations, you are a small team and you are not expected to do as well against an SPL team when you play them.
"It is the small team's cup final so to speak but now the mentality changes.
"I played in the Scottish Cup final against Rangers and that gave me a taste for the SPL.
"It is where you want to be playing every week.
"We are playing good teams every week and so you have to be up for it.
"But it's going really well for me at the minute.
"I started the last two games and we got our first win away last Saturday."
Burns leaves it late
Paul Burns struck a late winner against Dundee United at Tannadice to send Dunfermline into third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 1-0 victory.
The former Queen of the South midfielder drove home his first SPL goal from 20 yards as the Pars leapfrogged Rangers in the table.
The home side had enjoyed the better of the contest but were denied by a superb first-half save from Paul Gallacher to push Scott Robertson's volley on to the post.
And United generally struggled to get in behind a stubborn Pars defence to leave them with just two points from three home games.
Dunfermline's defensive display merited them maintaining their unbeaten record, although they had failed to trouble the United goal before the 85th-minute winner.
United handed Gavin Gunning his first start, the former Blackburn player lining up in central defence to allow Sean Dillon to return to right-back.
Dunfermline made an attacking change following their 1-0 win over St Johnstone with defender John Potter dropped to the bench following his red card, which was rescinded on appeal. Winger David Graham took his place.
Johnny Russell looked lively in the opening stages and Willo Flood had a powerful long-range strike held by Gallacher, but the visitors went on to enjoy the better of the first quarter.
Joe Cardle, Graham and Martin Hardie were providing good support to striker Andy Kirk and the Pars were winning the midfield contest, although Barry Douglas had a curling effort saved by Gallacher midway through the half.
The visitors created their first clear chance when Jason Thomson's cross found Hardie but he headed over from 10 yards.
Douglas, who was in for Scott Allan, and Jon Daly headed just wide following crosses from either flank as United improved.
Gallacher blocked at the near post from Daly after John Rankin had forced his way to the byline, and soon pulled off an outstanding save from the resulting corner in the 31st minute.
The former United goalkeeper punched clear Flood's delivery, which fell to Robertson 20 yards out. The midfielder arrowed a volley towards the bottom corner and Gallacher threw himself down to his right to push the shot on to the post despite appearing unsighted until the last moment.
United came close again five minutes before half-time when Rankin ran on to meet Dillon's cross but headed a yard wide.
Russell found some space in the box just after the restart but sliced wide from a tight angle and United kept up the pressure with a number of balls into the box, one of which fell to Rankin to turn and shoot wide from 12 yards in a crowded area.
However, the Pars were coping comfortably with the pressure, with Thomson and Austin McCann producing two particularly impressive blocks, and United manager Peter Houston brought on Danny Swanson for Douglas in the 64th minute in a bid to find a creative spark.
None was forthcoming though, and Hardie was wide with a 35-yard free-kick and a back-post header as Dunfermline sensed they could perhaps sneak three points.
United's desperation was evident when Daly went down theatrically after the slightest of contact from Andy Dowie just inside the box, and the home fans vented their frustration when Russell was taken off for Ryan Dow.
And the United fans were soon streaming out after summer-signing Burns netted.
Cardle sent the ball in from the left, behind everyone in the box, but it fell invitingly for Burns to run on to and fire low into the net from 20 yards, although Dusan Pernis got a hand to the shot and should have done better.
Gunning headed wide from Flood's corner as United failed to claw back the deficit.
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