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The mighty Terrors moved into the semi-final of the Irn-Bru Cup after securing their 7th win in a row with a tight and stuffy win against 10 man Dunfermline.

The game was, unfortunately, a bit of a snorefest. After waking up at the crack of noon I was hoping for a more exciting afternoon but the second half made me wonder why I bothered. The only thing of note to happen was the red card incident that invited a defensive Dunfermline side to adopt full on bus parking duties. It was a stupid pull back to be fair, last man, 40 yards from goal. The lad could have no complaints and he was rightly sent for an early bath.

United huffed and puffed in the second half but struggled to create clear cut chances, and this wasn't helped by a tendency to pick the wrong option, with Cammy Smith probably being the biggest culprit.

It was however Durnan who popped up with the winning goal. A good United chance was blocked away from a corner, their keeper making a good save then a defender deflecting the rebound. The ball flashed in and the ball was headed home from a few yards by the number 4.

There weren't many standouts in the team to be honest and I'm actually struggling to pick a man of the match. Maybe big Toshney? I thought the manager did well though. He clearly likes Coote off the bench and he does impact games well when coming on, and again I thought he had an impact today. What McKinnon did do that I thought worked well was switch Murray away from number 9 to out wide. It seemed to confuse the Pars and let us create a couple of opportunities.

Another win though and another clean sheet. We are moving quickly towards a real crunch game against Hibs on Friday 3rd December at Tannadice and I'm very much looking forward to it.

posted on 12/11/16

Thought we'd get beat today and tbh wasn't overly bothered as it is all about the league, good win and keeps the run going.
Good to see Toshney last almost the whole game and Murdoch getting a wee runout... and Mark Durnan I'll have some of what he's been taking!
Hibs game is going to be massive, but Morton first and they're going well.

posted on 13/11/16

This match report seems familiar

posted on 13/11/16

Great win though with 8 changes made, and Dunfermline must be sick of us given that's us beat them 4 times so far this season.

Good to see so many youth team graduates feature too.

posted on 13/11/16

You must just be having déjà vu Ivan.

How many times could we theoretically play one team this season?

4 Championship.
2 Premiership play-off.
2 League Cup (group stages, knock-out stages).
2 Scottish Cup (replay).
1 Scottish Challenge Cup.
So it's possible to play a club eleven times in one season.

(We could also play each other twice in a European semi-final, but somehow I don't think that's likely.)

posted on 13/11/16

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