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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 February 2008, 16:52 GMT
Dundee United 0-0 Falkirk
Noel Hunt
Dundee United's Noel Hunt (left) failed to breach Falkirk's defence
Dundee United failed to make their superiority count against a poor Falkirk side at Tannadice.

Christian Kalvenes rattled the crossbar with a header in a first-half dominated by the home side.

United's Mark De Vries went close with a header and spurned two more chances to break the deadlock.

Falkirk offered little going forward and managed to weather United's constant attacks to undeservedly hold out for a point from a low-key contest.

United welcomed back top scorer Noel Hunt in one of four changes made by manager Craig Levein.

Darren Dods, Kalvenes and Danny Swanson came in with Willo Flood, Danny Grainger and Jim O'Brien dropping to the bench. Gary Kenneth failed to make the squad.

Falkirk handed a first start to on-loan Ipswich striker Billy Clarke at the expense of Carl Finnigan.

Mark Kerr (left) closes down Falkirk's Billy Clarke
United dominated a poor game against a disappointing Falkirk side

De Vries headed an early chance wide for United after being set up by his striking partner Hunt.

Kalvenes was then thwarted by the crossbar after his header sailed past Falkirk goalkeeper Robert Olejnik.

The visitors struggled to establish any rhythm in a first half dominated by United.

But despite enjoying the lionshare of possession, United were unable to break the deadlock in the first-half.

De Vries then fed Prince Buaben and the midfielder's half-volley was well saved by Olejnik.


United continued to press for the opener after the break, with goalkeeper Lucasz Zaluska hardly called into action.

Falkirk midfielder Russell Latapy was brought on at the start of the second half, as he tried to spark his team-mates into life.

The veteran playmaker went close with a long-range shot in a rare foray forward for the Bairns.

With 10 minutes remaining, Olejnik saved Lee Wilkie's flashing drive, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Dillon, Wilkie, Dods, Kalvenes, Kerr, Buaben, Gomis, Swanson (Flood 68), Hunt, De Vries. Subs Not Used: McLean, Grainger, O'Brien, David Robertson, Conway, Odhiambo.

Booked: Swanson.

Falkirk: Olejnik, Ross, Barr, Milne, Scobbie, McBride, Moutinho, Cregg, Arfield (Latapy 46), Barrett, Clarke (Robertson 72). Subs Not Used: Supple, Bradley, Aafjes, Riera, Stewert.

Booked: Barrett, Clarke.

Att: 6,835

Ref: M Tumilty

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