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(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Stuart Armstrong coming on for Gary Mackay-Steven. Willo Flood goes off and Danny Swanson comes on. Richie Ryan replaces Scott Robertson.
Corner taken by Joe Cardle, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.
Jon Daly scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-0 Dunfermline.Assist by Johnny Russell.
Jon Daly concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Keddie. Paul Willis comes on in place of Gary Mason. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Smith.
A goal is scored by Scott Robertson from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-0 Dunfermline.Assist by Gary Mackay-Steven.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood.
Liam Buchanan is brought on as a substitute for Andy Kirk.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Austin McCann. Paul Dixon crosses the ball in from the free kick, Andy Dowie manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Paul Dixon, Headed effort on goal by Johnny Russell from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Andy Kirk is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Gary Mason challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Willo Flood, Chris Smith makes a save.
Andy Kirk decides to take a short corner.
Kevin Rutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
David Graham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan McMillan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Hardie by Robbie Neilson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joe Cardle, save by Dusan Pernis.
Willo Flood concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Kerr. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Andy Kirk by Paul Dixon results in a free kick. Caution for Paul Dixon. Direct free kick taken by Martin Hardie. Martin Hardie receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Martin Hardie on Willo Flood, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.
Gary Mackay-Steven produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save made by Chris Smith.
Jon Daly grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 Dunfermline.Willo Flood provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, Kevin Rutkiewicz manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Joe Cardle, Andy Kirk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dusan Pernis. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Joe Cardle.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mason by Gary Mackay-Steven. Austin McCann takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood, clearance by Martin Hardie.
Gary Mackay-Steven fouled by Andy Dowie, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dowie is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Dixon, clearance made by Gary Mason.
Foul by Sean Dillon on Martin Hardie, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joe Cardle from left channel. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle, clearance by Robbie Neilson.
Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot. Chris Smith makes a save.
Foul by Gavin Gunning on Martin Hardie, free kick awarded. Joe Cardle delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Alex Keddie goes over the bar.
Jordan McMillan fouled by Scott Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.
The referee books Kevin Rutkiewicz for unsporting behaviour. Kevin Rutkiewicz is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon from right channel, save by Chris Smith.
Andy Kirk is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
The offside flag is raised against Joe Cardle. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
Robbie Neilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Rutkiewicz. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, clearance made by Martin Hardie. Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, Kevin Rutkiewicz manages to make a clearance.
Gary Mackay-Steven produces a cross, Close range strike by Robbie Neilson goes over the bar.
Paul Dixon produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Jordan McMillan challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Willo Flood from left channel, clearance by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
Gary Mackay-Steven takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Jordan McMillan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Kevin Rutkiewicz. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul Dixon, clearance made by Austin McCann.
Houston warns of Jefferies effect
Dundee United boss Peter Houston knows his side have to cope with the expectation on their shoulders against Dunfermline this weekend.
And he reckons new Pars boss Jim Jefferies will be relishing the fact his team are massive underdogs.
United go into Saturday's match on the back of an impressive few months and barely anyone gives bottom of the table Dunfermline a chance.
But Houston knows the East End Park players will get a massive lift from Jefferies joining the club so he has told his men to brace themselves for their toughest test in weeks.
He said: "In many ways I think the Dunfermline game will be the most difficult one we've faced lately.
"There is an expectation on us because of the run we're on and Jim will like that.
"He will use that to motivate his players and get them fired up for coming to Tannadice.
"So it is going to be a very hard game and we will need to show the same level of application and good attitude we have been doing.
"Dunfermline have already beaten us at home this season. There are no easy games in the SPL and that is even more so when you come up against a team fighting for their lives."
While most of the focus is on the Pars' plight at the bottom of the table, United full-back Paul Dixon insists they have plenty to play for too.
United slipped down to fifth in the league because of St Johnstone's win over Inverness on Wednesday but can reclaim fourth if they beat Dunfermline.
And Dixon, who will move on at the end of his contract in the summer, is desperate to secure a place in Europe for a third year in a row.
He said: "I know they are at the bottom and fighting for their lives, so we have to expect a hard game on that score.
"But we are looking to move back ahead of St Johnstone in fourth place so we have plenty to play for as well.
"When you play teams who have appointed a new manager you expect a positive reaction from them because you've got boys busting a gut to show they should be part of his future plans.
"That goes beyond whatever is at stake for the season you're in.
"I do believe that makes it a situation you're more aware of going into the game than what their league position is, though whoever you play in this league you always expect a hard game and you usually get one."
United are likely to be without full-back Keith Watson, who picked up a knock against Hibs last weekend, so Robbie Neilson will be recalled to the side. Striker Milos Lacny will undergo a knee operation on Saturday.
Midfielder Mark Kerr hopes Dunfermline's team spirit can prove decisive in their battle to remain in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
A win at Tannardice, emulating the feat from August, would see the Pars wipe out the three-point gap to second bottom Hibernian, who play Inverness on Sunday.
Reports have emerged from across the Firth of Forth of discontent in the Hibs ranks.
The capital club have played down the claims, but Martin Scott, the subject of one of the rumours, was this week made available for loan after being told he would not feature again this season.
Whether the reports from Hibs are accurate or not, Kerr says there are no such issues in Fife.
The former United midfielder said: "We've got a good team spirit, we've not lost that.
"If it (the reports from Hibs) is true you would think we're a closer-knit team. But you don't know what's true and what's not true.
"A wee fight or scuffle can happen. It just grows arms and legs I think.
"When you're down there, people are against you, there are wee niggles in training.
"When it happens in a team that's sitting second or third or fourth then nothing is reported, the boys laugh about it later."
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