Writer: Arab Jacques
Date:Sunday April 29 2007
(Written by Tactful Sheik)
Dundee United missed out on a great chance to leapfrog Falkirk into 7th place in the Scottish Premier League, after failing to hold onto a 1-0 lead over Inverness Caley Thistle at Tannadice.
Craig Levein's side are currently equal on points with Falkirk, but John Hughes' side have a better goal difference - which sees them leading the bottom 6 clubs.
With Dundee United's season effectively over several weeks ago, there is only really pride still to play for in the final 4 matches of the campaign.
However, there is a final incentive for Dundee United to come out top of the bottom 6 clubs, with every side rewarded with bonuses depending on their final league placing.
Ironically, the last side to win at Tannadice was Falkirk, the club that Dundee United are battling with for the top-of-the-bottom place in the league.
Falkirk welcomed Dundee United into the new year with a bump, after a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Tannadice, which included a hat-trick for on-loan Arsenal striker Anthony Stokes.
Since that embarrassing 5-1 defeat, Craig Levein has managed to patch up some of his sides defensive frailties and the club appears to have stopped leaking goals.
However, Levein clearly still has some work to do in the summer, after awful marking in the 2nd half against Caley Thistle, gifted Graham Bayne a free header on goal and a chance to steal a point for Charlie Christie's visiting side.
Dundee United dominated the majority of the match against Caley and should have had the game done-and-dusted in the first half - but Jon Daly, Noel Hunt and David Robertson missed glorious opportunities to put them into a deserved lead.
It took a 41st minute header from David Robertson to break the deadlock, after the youngster directed Noel Hunt's cross past the helpless Michael Fraser in the Caley goal.
Although, Dundee United failed to capitalize on their lead and allowed the visitors to equalize 13 minutes into the 2nd half.
Graham Bayne found himself in space inside the Dundee United penalty area and headed a Richie Hart looping free kick past keeper Stillie.
Caley Thistle had appears for a penalty waved away by referee Steve Conroy, after defender Kalvenes collided with Graham Bayne inside the area, with Charlie Christie's looking more likely to snatch a winner late in the game.
The most encouraging moment of the whole match for Dundee United was seeing Craig Conway coming on as a 2nd half substitute for Jon Daly, after making a remarkably quick recovery from breaking his metatarsal in a training accident only 6 weeks ago.
Conway had been ruled out until the start of next season, but has recovered much quicker than expected - returning to light training last week.
In the final moments of the match, Conway almost made a dramatic comeback after curling a cross just beyond the far post.
Although, it it Inverness Caley Thistle that have come out best of this seasons match-ups between the two sides - winning twice (including a 1-0 Scottish Cup victory), drawing twice and with Dundee United only winning one out of the 5 encounters.
Dundee United 1-1 Caley Thistle
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Date:Sunday April 29 2007
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