Alloa Athletic 1-1 Dundee United
- Alloa have the best of the early pressure and chances.
- Paul Watson heads narrowly wide from a United corner.
- Craig Curran tests Neil Parry with an acrobatic volley early in the second period.
- Watson gives United the lead with his third of the season.
- Iain Flannigan equalises with a gorgeous free-kick.
Alloa Athletic XI (4-4-2): Parry (GK); Taggart, Dick, Roscoe, Graham; Hetherington, Trouten (Burt 67), Flannigan, Hastie; Cawley (Brown 75), Zanatta (Shields 86).
Subs not used: Robertson, Peggie, Spence, Henry (GK).
Dundee United XI (4-2-3-1): Rakovan (GK); Murdoch, Robson, Watson, Frans; Rabitsch (Glass 66), Barton; Aird (McMullan 87), Loemba, Curran (Booth 79); Safranko.
Subs not used: Smith, Wardrop, Edjenguele, Siegrist (GK).
Referee: Alan Muir
MOTM: Paul Watson.
31/08/18 Reverse order Timestamp format
Hello and welcome to Tele Sport's live blog of Dundee United's Ladbrokes Championship trip to Alloa.
Both sides go into today in good form. United enjoyed a 3-1 home success over Partick Thistle to push themselves into third place while Alloa registered their first point of the season drawing 2-2 at Inverness.
Promises to be a good one. Stick with us for it!
Our man at Recreation Park/the Indodrill Stadium/KFC Arena is Calum Woodger. Follow him on Twitter @cwoodger93.
And here's the teamlines. No changes for Tangerines' boss Csaba Laszlo. Kick-off at 3pm.
The current scene as the teams prepare to emerge from the tunnel.
Game kicks off.
1 - Yannick Loemba seems to be playing in behind Safranko through the middle.
3 - A poor backwards header by Frederic Frans nearly played in Alloa's on-loan Hearts forward Dario Zanatta to lob keeper Matej Rakovan but the Slovak saves.
5 - Jake Hastie is the next to test Rakovan with a raking drive after getting in behind the defence but it's another good stop.
9 - It's all Alloa in the opening exchanges. United struggling to get a foothold. Still 0-0.
11 - Free-kick to United on the right-hand side.
12 - It comes to nothing as the Wasps clear their lines.
12 - Corner to the home side.
13 - Rakovan collects Iain Flannigan's delivery.
15 - Alloa corner.
16 - It's not difficult to get the ball out of the ground here at the Indodrill Stadium but, after a clever corner, Scott Taggart just ballooned his volley half-way towards Dunblane there!
21 - Alloa corner.
21 - Hastie's corner caused the Terrors' defence a few problems but, eventually, they clear and attack.
25 - Adam Barton plays a neat lay-off to Frans who dragged a low drive wide from 30 yards out. First real attempt of the game so far for the visitors.
27 - United having plenty of possession but look vulnerable whenever Alloa counter. Pavol Safranko and Loemba looking the most likely to make something happen for the Tangerines.
29 - United with a free-kick in a dangerous area. Fraser Aird is capable.
30 - Loemba takes and United manage to win a corner.
31 - Good chance United. Paul Watson, who scored twice last weekend in a 3-1 home victory over Partick, heads narrowly wide after an Aird delivery.
33 - It's Alloa's turn to threaten as Alan Trouten is played in after a lovely chipped through ball from Kevin Cawley. Ultimately, though, the midfield man dinked his effort wide.
34 - Jake Hastie down the left has been causing United all sorts of problems. Looks a player.
38 mins - Zanatta fires in a fierce right-foot dig but Rakovan did well to keep his grasp on the ball and save.
44 - Loemba wins United a corner which Aird will take.
44 - It comes to nothing.
45 - United threaten towards the end of the half. Curran and Aird close but not close enough in getting on the end of Safranko's delivery from the left.
Second half kicks off.
46 - Craig Curran tests Neil Parry in the home goal with a volley on the turn.
47 - Corner United. Looking more sprightly already!
48 - Not the best delivery from Aird but United still have the ball in the opposition's half.
52 - Importantly, United are now enjoying territory as well as possession at the Indodrill Stadium. They still, however, need a goal!
53 - Safranko does well to draw a free-kick from Steven Hetherington.
54 - Frans heads Aird's delivery wide.
58 - Today's attendance is 1,616 with a healthy travelling support coming through from Dundee.
60 - An hour gone here and United are no closer to finding the back of the net. Changes beckon Csaba?
62 - Scary moments! Corner Alloa and Watson slices Flannigan's delivery narrowly wide and out for another corner.
63 - Chance! Trouten heads Hastie's cross just wide.
65 - Zanatta fizzes a left-foot shot inches wide from inside the box.
66 - Sub for United as 18-year-old Declan Glass replaces Christoph Rabistch who has had a quiet game.
67 - Sub for Alloa as Rangers loanee Liam Burt replaces Alan Trouten. He's played well.
68 - First Zanatta then Hastie. The pendulum has swung and Alloa are on top again.
71 - Liam Dick rattles a right-foot volley just over Rakovan's bar. Nervy moments for Dundee United.
72 - GOAL! Paul Watson does it again! The big defender follows his double against Partick last week by flicking a Fraser Aird corner into the net with his head.
74 - Brilliant break from United started and nearly finished by Loemba. The Congolese winger has a goal ruled out for offside after great build up by Aird, Safranko and Curran.
75 - Flannigan cracks the crossbar with a right-footed free-kick from the edge of the area. It's not over yet...
75 - Alloa sub as Adam Brown comes on for Kevin Cawley.
78 - Hetherington for Alloa and Curran and Murdoch for United have been booked. Busy period of the match.
79 - United sub Callum Booth on for Curran.
81 - Zanatta wins a free-kick for Alloa just outside the box, centre of the goal.
82 - GOAL! Iain Flannigan threatened earlier from a free-kick, hitting the bar, and this time he has curled Alloa level. Top bin, no chance for Rakovan.
84 - Loemba's deflected drive goes over for a corner. It comes to nothing.
86 - OH! Paul Watson should've done better. He had more time to guide that header goalwards for his second of the afternoon.
86 - Yellow card for Frans and Alloa have a free-kick in a dangerous position once again.
86 - Alloa sub Zanatta off and Connor Shields on.
86 - Not this time as Flannigan fires over.
87 - United sub Aird is replaced by Paul McMullan as Dundee United go for the win.
90 - Regulation time is up and it's really last-chance saloon for United.
Full-time: Alloa Athletic 1-1 Dundee United. It's honours even at the Indodrill Stadium and probably a fair outcome for both sides.
United could, and should, have won this game when Paul Watson gave them the lead with his third goal in two games on 72 minutes. However, a stunning free-kick from Iain Flannigan ensured Alloa won a well-earned point for the second week running.
These two meet again next week as United host at Tannadice in the Irn-Bru Cup. It'll be kids but United need to be better to get the best of a solid Wasps side.