Hibernian 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


Hibernian 

1 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, December 30th, 2000
Easter Road. Att. 10,197
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Russell Latapy (pen.) (90) None.

Team Managers
Alex McLeish Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Nick Colgan
Stuart Lovell
Paul Fenwick
Franck Sauzee
Gary Smith
Ulrik Laursen
Matthias Jack
John O'Neil
Russell Latapy
David Zitelli
Mixu Paatelainen
Alan Combe .1
Jason De Vos .5
Danny Griffin .16
Jim Lauchlan .23
David Partridge .21
Hasney Aljofree .14
Jamie McCunnie .42
Charlie Miller .29
Craig Easton .7
Steven Thompson .19
Derek Lilley .10

Bench
Mike Franks
Lyndon Andrews
Ian Murray
Dirk Lehmann
Tom McManus
Paul Gallacher .13
David McCracken .32
Hugh Davidson .26
David Winters .44
Jim Hamilton .17

Substitutions
Tom McManus for Mixu Paatelainen (79)
Dirk Lehmann for David Zitelli (87)
David Winters for Derek Lilley
Jim Hamilton for Steven Thompson (79)
Hugh Davidson for Charlie Miller (87)

Cautions
Matthias Jack (56)
Paul Fenwick (75)
Jamie McCunnie (62)
Alan Combe (90)
Craig Easton (90)
David Partridge (90)
Jason De Vos (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)



Match Report


There was a real pivotal moment in the league campaign in this game. The lost point was the result of a 97th minute penalty decision, and a highly contentious one at that, awarded by Referee Freeland, that emanated from a corner that had previously emanated from a Hibernian player not returning the ball to United, that throw in itself previously the result of Alan Combe kicking the ball into touch to allow the injured Jim Lauchlan to receive treatment, then perhaps that's as near as it gets to being pivotal.

What is also interesting is that, with St Mirren's match at Pittodrie being postponed, we would have cut the relegation gap to four points and with a home match for the Arabs on the following Tuesday in the offing against Motherwell while Saints were at home to their six minutes up the road near neighbours Rangers, the opportunity to go into the winter break close on their heals and coming up fast took a blow. Make no mistake. It is between United and Saints for the drop and with "stadium in place" Livingston fast leaving their First Division rivals behind in the promotion race, this result was a bitter blow to United. McCunnie with Danny Griffin playing in front of the Arab rearguard in what clearly was a team designed to defend...and defend they had to. In the first half Hibernian were much slicker than the dogged Tangerines and continually found space down their left flank. Their quick one two's were something that we don't see just now at United and too often they played right through the midfield with the outstanding Latapy orchestrating the Easter Road outfit. That said, the Hibees didn't threaten United that much and the visitors held out fairly comfortably when half time arrived.

The second half was more open than the first period with United creating a couple of excellent scoring chances before Hibs turned up the pressure. David Partridge displayed a rare run up United's left wing beating one man on his way to hitting a dangerous looking cross that first Thompson missed with his head before Lilley had a go. Soon after that attack. Miller found himself free not far out from goal but elected to hit a through ball to Lilley who shot fairly tamely at Colgan. Hibernian came close on a number of occasions but found Alan Combe in very good form. A point apiece seemed on offer and United would have been the five point gap between Tannadice and Love Street continued. However, deep into injury time Russell Lapaty



Squad Statistics (as at December 30th, 2000)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Alan Combe (GK)26 26 - 79 -
Jason De Vos26 23 - 942
Jim Lauchlan23 9 - 9 -
Hasney Aljofree22 252252
Danny Griffin23 3 - 3 -
Jamie McCunnie17 1 - 1 -
David Partridge22 17 - 55 -
Craig Easton21 2121337
Charlie Miller24 101101
Derek Lilley26 3131
Steven Thompson22 21 - 879
Hugh Davidson (sub)20 9 - 381
David Winters (sub)17 2 - 2 -
Jim Hamilton (sub)24 8 - 244






League Table (as at December 30th, 2000)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 23 19 3 1 39 60
2. Hibernian 24 15 6 3 26 51
3. Rangers 22 15 3 4 24 48
4. Kilmarnock 23 12 3 8 4 39
5. Hearts 24 9 6 9 1 33
6. Dundee 22 8 6 8 9 30
7. Dunfermline 23 8 5 10 -8 29
8. St Johnstone 24 7 8 9 -10 29
9. Motherwell 23 8 4 11 -6 28
10. Aberdeen 22 3 9 10 -16 18
11. St Mirren 23 3 3 17 -31 12
12. Dundee Utd 23 1 4 18 -32 7

* - Table split into two divisions of six.