There was a full card of Championship action over Tuesday and Wednesday this week as Scotland’s second tier played host to plenty of 0-0’s.
Four separate stalemates were had – thrilling we know – over the five games as the only win came during Inverness v Morton. The table has slightly more shape after this set of results, with clear promotion and relegation play-off candidates seemingly appearing.
Dundee United are still clear in top spot by 16 points although second place Inverness have two games in hand. Caley are three points clear in second as they look likely to secure a Premiership play-off berth.
Between third and seventh there are four points as Ayr, Dundee, Dunfermline, Arbroath and Morton compete for promotion spots. The bottom three are a bit stranded now though, with eighth place Alloa seven off Morton above them on 35 points.
Queen of the South are a point below Alloa in ninth whilst Partick Thistle remain rooted to the bottom with 24 points, three behind Queen of the South. Here’s a quick recap of the midweek action.
Ayr United v Dundee United: 0-0
It was 1st v 3rd at Somerset Park as United looked to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to Dunfermline at the weekend. Ayr meanwhile were looking to close the gap on Inverness and strengthen their top four ambitions.
In the end though neither side could break the other down. United failed to create many chances whilst Ayr created a few but in the end nothing could separate either side.
Dundee v Alloa: 0-0
Peter Grant’s part-time side got a great point in their quest for survival on their travels to promotion-chasing Dundee. They asked plenty of questions of the Wasps but an inspiring return earned the visitors a point.
Neil Parry made his comeback between the sticks and he made numerous saves to deny the Dee and earn his side a credible draw.
Inverness v Morton: 3-2
Finally, some goals to discuss. There was plenty of drama in the Highlands as a last-minute winner won the game for Caley. Scoring started 18 minutes in through Inverness striker Jordan White.
It would be just over the hour mark before the next one came as Aidan Nesbitt leveled 61 minutes in. Shaun Rooney made sure that Morton’s lead would only last six minutes, firing John Robertson’s side back in front.
Reece Lyons’ shot 14 minutes from time looked to have sealed a point for David Hopkin but Nikolay Todorov put one away in the dying embers to secure a vital win for Caley Thistle.
Partick Thistle v Queen of the South: 0-0
Back to normality now. This one was a big game as bottom met second-bottom but neither side could get that vital goal that would have either pulled Thistle closer to safety or leave them further adrift at the bottom.
It was a first clean sheet of the season though for Ian McCall as Lewis Mayo impressed on his first start for the Jags.
Arbroath v Dunfermline: 0-0
And finally, another 0-0. Dunfermline were riding high after their first win over Dundee United at East End Park in 13 years coming into this but Dick Campbell’s men have proven challenging at Gayfield this term, losing just three times.
In the end it was a point each in a game of fine margins as 23-goal striker Kevin Nisbet missed out for the visitors.