Hearts 3
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


Hearts 

3 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, December 23rd, 2000
Tynecastle Park. Att. 12,128
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Colin Cameron (3)
Neil Heaney (o.g.) (19)
Gary McSwegan (74)
Hasney Aljofree (26)

Team Managers
Craig Levein Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Antti Niemi
Kenny Milne
Steven Pressley
Gordan Petrić
Grant Murray
Scott Severin
Steve Fulton
Colin Cameron
Róbert Tomaschek
Gary McSwegan
Andy Kirk
Alan Combe
David Partridge
Hasney Aljofree
Danny Griffin
Jason De Vos
David McCracken
Neil Heaney
Charlie Miller
Jamie Buchan
Derek Lilley
Jim Hamilton

Bench
Roddy McKenzie
Gary Locke
Stephen Simmons
Juanjo
Robbie Neilson
Paul Gallacher
John McQuillan
Craig Easton
Hugh Davidson
Steven Thompson

Substitutions
Juanjo for Scott Severin (72)
Stephen Simmons for Andy Kirk (85)
Craig Easton for Neil Heaney (34)
John McQuillan for David McCracken (58)
Hugh Davidson for Danny Griffin (81)

Cautions
Róbert Tomaschek (25) Craig Easton (49)
Derek Lilley (51)

Red Cards
None. Derek Lilley (74)

Match Officials

Kevin Toner (Referee)




Match Report


Visits toTynecastle Park have not been that enjoyable in recent seasons with some notable exceptions, not least, our victory there last season. In this game, right from the start, it was clear that this would not be one of the exceptions with Hearts threatening to swamp United from the first few minutes. United started without the man who has rapidly become a hero in the Arab defence, the suspended Jim Lauchlan...and how we missed him! Hearts cut right through the tangerine rearguard from the kick-off and within five minutes were one up when Colin Cameron netted. United were happy to give another outing to Danny Griffin but they didn't look up for the battle here and the Jambo's threatened to provide a big score when they went two up by the 20th minute, the second coming from a quite spectacular Neil Heaney headed own goal. Then quite surprisingly, the visitors came back into the match. United won a free kick just outside the penalty area and Hasney Aljofree scored from the rebound of Miller's free kick after 27 minutes. For a while, United took heart from getting back into the game and a nervousness spread round the maroon support. It was surprising that the Arabs were still within one goal of Hearts at half time because they hadn't played well and the Jambo's were playing with a strong sense of purpose for their new manager.

In some respects, Hearts went through the motions in the second half with little resistance offered. The third came from former Arab Gary McSwegan who scored in the 74th minute and the game really couldn't get finished early enough for everyone concerned.



Squad Statistics (as at December 23rd, 2000)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Alan Combe (GK)26 24 - 77 -
Hasney Aljofree22 232232
David McCracken19 81101
David Partridge22 15 - 53 -
Jason De Vos26 21 - 922
Danny Griffin23 1 - 1 -
Neil Heaney29 13 - 13 -
Jamie Buchan23 23 - 23 -
Charlie Miller24 8181
Jim Hamilton24 6 - 224
Derek Lilley26 2121
John McQuillan (sub)30 17 - 29 -
Hugh Davidson (sub)20 7 - 361
Craig Easton (sub)21 1921317


League Table (as at December 23rd, 2000)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 22 18 3 1 35 57
2. Hibernian 22 14 5 3 25 47
3. Rangers 21 14 3 4 21 45
4. Kilmarnock 22 11 3 8 2 36
5. Hearts 22 9 4 9 1 31
6. Dundee 21 7 6 8 6 27
7. Motherwell 22 8 4 10 -3 28
8. St Johnstone 22 7 7 8 -7 28
9. Dunfermline 22 7 5 10 -9 26
10. Aberdeen 21 3 9 9 -15 18
11. St Mirren 22 3 3 16 -29 12
12. Dundee Utd 21 1 4 16 -27 7

* - Table split into two divisions of six.