Dundee United in play-off driving seat with 1-0 win

A Paul McMullan goal gives Dundee United the advantage when they face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premiership Play-off semi-final 2nd leg at Tannadice on Friday night.

Inverness had been reduced to 10 men after Liam Polworth was sent off for a high challenge on Mark Connolly after 48 minutes. United eventually made the extra man count when McMullan converted following a Nicky Clark shot which cannoned back off the post after 78 minutes.

Analysis by Grant McKenzie

It took some time in the game, but United now have an advantage in the play-off semi-finals. There was a sense that a draw perhaps suited Inverness better than Dundee United. Especially when you consider their away form and history of winning knock out ties against United at Tannadice this season.

Dundee United are now in their third season competing in the play-offs for promotion and there is bound to be some scars having failed in their previous two attempts at getting up. United fans would be unequivocally forgiven for feeling nerves as their play-off campaign gets underway. This win tonight will help to alleviate some of those nerves.

Dundee United have gained a great result, albeit there is always desire for more goals. The goal in the Highlands gives United a cushion. However, there are concerns raised. Pavol Šafranko had to come off at half-time and also worrying was the performance, or lack thereof, of Osman Sow.

The big striker is yet to score in Tangerine and still looks off the pace. So far, he doesn’t resemble the player who played under Robbie Neilson at Hearts previously. On the other hand, Paul McMullan’s good form continues. He is a handful on his day and got the goal his work-rate deserved. Nicky Clark also proved once again that he can have an impact off the sub bench.

The tie is by no means over at 1-0 and Inverness will still fancy their chances in the 2nd leg. United have an advantage and they need to make it count. However, you would be forgiven for thinking United will need another goal on Friday night to get through.

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