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Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Shane Sutherland.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Ryan on Greg Tansey. Free kick crossed right-footed by Greg Tansey, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Claude Gnakpa delivers the ball, Robbie Neilson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey to the near post, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Claude Gnakpa fouled by Richie Ryan, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Ryan goes into the referee's book. Josh Meekings takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Dixon on Claude Gnakpa. Free kick crossed by Shane Sutherland, Willo Flood manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Stuart Armstrong by Josh Meekings results in a free kick. Josh Meekings receives a caution. Robbie Neilson takes the indirect free kick.
Johnny Russell goes off and Richie Ryan comes on. Jon Daly leaves the field to be replaced by Milos Lacny.
Jon Daly crosses the ball, Johnny Russell scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-0 Inverness CT.Jon Daly provided the assist for the goal.
Stuart Armstrong joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Mackay-Steven.
Owain Tudur Jones on for Billy McKay.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Johnny Russell. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Claude Gnakpa takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Gregory Tade produces a cross, Greg Tansey takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Johnny Russell is caught offside. Roman Golobart takes the indirect free kick.
Gregory Tade takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Effort on goal by Billy McKay from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Josh Meekings is penalised for a handball. Willo Flood takes the free kick.
Roman Golobart produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Claude Gnakpa, Paul Dixon makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Shane Sutherland to the near post, Scott Robertson makes a clearance.
Claude Gnakpa is brought on as a substitute for Nick Ross.
Shane Sutherland takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
The ball is sent over by Greg Tansey, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Shane Sutherland played to the near post, Ross Tokely produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Tansey on Gavin Gunning. Greg Tansey receives a caution. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Kenny Gillet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood. The ball is sent over by Paul Dixon, Johnny Russell takes a shot.
Gavin Gunning takes a shot. Kenny Gillet gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, clearance by Josh Meekings.
Greg Tansey fouled by Willo Flood, the ref awards a free kick. Shane Sutherland delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gregory Tade. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Johnny Russell fouled by Richie Foran, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Foran receives a yellow card. Free kick taken by Willo Flood. Scott Robertson grabs a headed goal from close range. Dundee Utd 2-0 Inverness CT.The assist for the goal came from Jon Daly.
Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven.
Centre by Paul Dixon.
Foul by Gregory Tade on Robbie Neilson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
Johnny Russell fouled by Greg Tansey, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Dixon crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
Richie Foran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Robertson fouled by Gregory Tade, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
Foul by Greg Tansey on Willo Flood, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Willo Flood.
Johnny Russell takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Jon Daly has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Roman Golobart challenges Johnny Russell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Roman Golobart goes into the book. Gary Mackay-Steven crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Kenny Gillet. Outswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven.
Foul by Paul Dixon on Shane Sutherland, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Shane Sutherland.
The ball is crossed by Roman Golobart.
Foul by Scott Robertson on Billy McKay, free kick awarded. Richie Foran takes the free kick.
Greg Tansey takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Meekings on Gary Mackay-Steven. Paul Dixon shoots direct from the free kick.
Gavin Gunning concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy McKay. Free kick crossed left-footed by Shane Sutherland from right wing, save by Dusan Pernis.
Unfair challenge on Shane Sutherland by John Rankin results in a free kick. Shane Sutherland crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Paul Dixon.
Gregory Tade has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Sean Dillon fouled by Gregory Tade, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Robertson. Jon Daly is ruled offside. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Shane Sutherland. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
Billy McKay takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Rankin by Billy McKay. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon. Foul by Jon Daly on Ross Tokely, free kick awarded. Ross Tokely takes the direct free kick.
John Rankin scores a goal from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 Inverness CT.
Gary Mackay-Steven delivers the ball, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
Robbie Neilson crosses the ball, clearance made by Josh Meekings. Inswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, save by Ryan Esson.
Foul by Josh Meekings on Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.
Shane Sutherland challenges Willo Flood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Roman Golobart by Jon Daly results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Roman Golobart.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Gregory Tade. Paul Dixon takes the indirect free kick.
Billy McKay is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Willo Flood concedes a free kick for a foul on Greg Tansey. Greg Tansey crosses the ball in from the free kick, Robbie Neilson manages to make a clearance.
Shane Sutherland has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, Header on goal by Scott Robertson from just inside the area goes over the target.
Kirk calls for fans to push Terrors on
Dundee United assistant manager Gary Kirk believes the club's fans can play a major role by cheering them on to a place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's top six.
United are the SPL's form team behind runaway leaders Celtic and recent wins over Kilmarnock, St Johnstone and Hearts have taken them into the top half of the league.
A win over Inverness on Monday evening would further enhance their chances of achieving a place in European competition for next season.
And Kirk insists the home support can play a part in shouting the players to success.
He said: "The fans have been great this season and were really good at Tynecastle last weekend.
"We need them to keep giving the lads the backing and I'm sure they will. I'd imagine they will be happy with the way things have been going.
"At the start of the season the aim was to get into the top six and we're in with a shout of doing that.
"Things are coming to a conclusion, we are on a run and want to keep it going.
"This time last season we went on a run, which was brilliant, so hopefully this year can be the same."
United's international players all returned from duty unscathed so will feature against Inverness.
Johnny Russell and Gary Mackay-Steven came through the Scotland Under-21 game against Holland, while goalkeeper Dusan Pernis returned in fine fettle from Slovakia's trip to Turkey.
Midfielder Danny Swanson could come into contention after completing another week of training, while Paul Dixon is back after a ban.
Inverness will be looking to make amends for their 4-1 defeat to Rangers last weekend and Kirk knows that result will make things even more difficult for his team.
He said: "The game on Monday will be even harder after Inverness losing last weekend.
"Terry (Butcher, Inverness manager) was raging and that means they will come here looking to put a show on.
"It makes things even more tricky for us, it was the worst thing that could have happened for us.
"Inverness are a good side. They will have their players fired up to make amends.
"We have five games to the split now and they will all be massive games. We want to be in the top half of the league but it's still very tight so a lot can happen.
"A win or two shoots you up the table and a couple of defeats can send you in the opposite direction."
Inverness have an unchanged squad for the clash.
Defender Roman Golobart has returned to training after an ankle problem but is not ready to play. Winger Aaron Doran (hamstring) remains out along with Chris Hogg (knee) and Andrew Shinnie (foot).
Full-back Graeme Shinnie, brother of Andrew, is confident Inverness can upset the odds against in-form United after doing the same earlier this year against top-six teams.
Sixth-placed United scored 13 goals in five games while conceding just one at the other end during an unbeaten February and go into Monday night's game four points clear of seventh-placed Aberdeen.
Inverness endured a difficult month with defeats against both sides of the Old Firm sandwiching a draw against bottom club Dunfermline.
However, Caley Thistle had previously been on a seven-match unbeaten run, which included 1-0 victories over Motherwell and Hearts, and Shinnie has targeted a return to that form.
Time is running out for Butcher's men to launch a top-six charge as they are 10 points adrift of United, but they have a game in hand and victory at Tannadice would give them hope at least.
Shinnie said: "We need to up our game. In the last few games we have been disappointing and I think the boys all know that. The game against Rangers we just didn't turn up.
"We are looking to go down to Dundee and change the run we have been on and just win the game.
"They are doing well just now but if you look at our games against Motherwell and Hearts, who were both in third position, and we kept clean sheets against both of them and beat them. So no team is that much better than us. We'll go there and attack and look to win the game."
Rankin fires in-form United
Dundee United moved up to fourth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a convincing 3-0 win over Inverness at Tannadice.
John Rankin's long-range strike put Peter Houston's side in control at half-time and Scott Robertson and Johnny Russell added goals after the break.
United - sixth going into the game - have now leapfrogged Hearts and St Johnstone as they chase a European place. Inverness manager Terry Butcher will be disappointed at his side's finishing as their hopes of a top-six finish were damaged.
Dundee United boss Houston made just one change to the side that beat Hearts 2-0 at Tynecastle last weekend as Paul Dixon returned from suspension and replaced Barry Douglas at left-back.
Butcher tinkered with his line-up following a crushing 4-1 home defeat to Rangers in their last outing.
He made three changes, with Roman Golobart, Ross Tokely and Shane Sutherland replacing Steve Williams, Graeme Shinnie and Jonny Hayes.
United made the early running and Gary Mackay-Steven had a penalty claim turned away by referee Alan Muir after his cross struck Josh Meekings on the hand.
From the resultant corner, Gavin Gunning's attempted shot found Robertson and he headed over from six yards.
Caley responded briefly but United took the lead in the 14th minute with a wonder strike from Rankin. Inverness captain Richie Foran could not control a poor clearance from goalkeeper Ryan Esson and Rankin won the challenge, stepped forward and sent a dipping 25-yard drive into the top corner.
United deserved their lead but Inverness almost equalised instantly when Gregory Tade spun in the box and picked out Billy McKay. The striker managed to poke a shot towards the corner but United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis raced from his goal to make a brave block.
Tade blazed a 20-yard drive wide as Caley chased an equaliser while United midfielder Willo Flood tried his luck from a similar distance but his shot soared over the bar.
The game lost its flow as half-time neared and Inverness defender Golobart was booked for clattering into Russell.
United captain Daly - well marshalled by the visitors - then finally broke free but could not divert Dixon's raking pass on target.
Daly was involved again in the 40th minute when he slipped a pass to Russell, but Esson pulled off a fine low save to deny him.
United started the second half on top and Dixon twice picked out Daly with crosses, but the big striker could not convert.
The home side were out to kill the game and Robertson grabbed the second goal in the 52nd minute.
Foran was booked for a tug on Russell and Flood's free-kick found Daly at the back post. He climbed above Tokely and headed across goal for Robertson to head in from six yards.
Inverness faced an uphill battle but Nick Ross almost connected with Sutherland's free-kick at the back post.
United had another penalty claim turned down when Golobart blocked Russell's header with his hands. Caley were living dangerously and Esson survived a big scare when he dropped Robbie Neilson's long throw and Daly fired over the bar..
McKay fired over from 12 yards as Caley wasted a chance to get back into the game in the 70th minute. Substitute Claude Gnakpa also fluffed a good opportunity after creating space in the box.
United then killed the game off in the 78th minute with a moment of magic from Russell. Daly picked him out in the box and the Scotland Under-21 star danced past three challenges and found the bottom corner.
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