The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Arabs can re­lax in more clean sheets

- Sports · Soccer · Dundee United F.C. · Dumfries · Elizabeth II · Championship · Partick Thistle F.C. · Rangers · Bristol Rovers F.C. · Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. · Wrexham F.C. · Queen of the South F.C. · Raith Rovers F.C. · Stenhousemuir · Kenny Miller

Rob­bie Neil­son was de­lighted to see his Dundee United side ex­tend their clean sheet run as they con­tin­ued to put their Dum­fries dis­ap­point­ment well and truly behind them.

United beat Queen of the South 3-0 at Tan­nadice on Satur­day to move nine points clear in the Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship.

It was a fifth suc­ces­sive win and clean sheet for United since they lost 4-0 against the same op­po­nents last month.

Goals from Paul Mc­Mul­lan, Nicky Clark and Sam Stan­ton wrapped up the win before the 50-minute mark and made it 11 goals with­out re­ply for Neil­son’s side.

“I’m a great be­liever that the team with the best de­fence gen­er­ally wins the league,” the United head coach said.

“If we can keep scor­ing goals and keep clean sheets then it builds con­fi­dence in ev­ery­one else. The fans brought a lot of en­ergy and we had a great crowd here again. The play­ers then backed that up by start­ing the game very well.”

In the only other game, Mor­ton stopped Ar­broath mov­ing to third with a 1-0 home win at Cap­pielow.

Mean­while, Partick This­tle and Rangers un­der-21s joined Raith Rovers and Ca­ley This­tle in the last four of the Tun­nock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.

Ian McCall’s Partick ran out 4-1 win­ners at Sten­house­muir to earn their semi-fi­nal berth.

Reece Cole fired the Jags ahead after 34 min­utes before David Hop­kirk equalised.

Gary Harkins put Partick back in front two min­utes later, before goals from Craig Slater and Kenny Miller com­pleted the scor­ing.

Rangers un­der-21s beat Wrex­ham 2-0 with goals from Jamie Bar­jonas and Nathan Young-Coombes.

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