Dundee Utd 1
Hearts 1
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (SPL)
Saturday, April 7th, 2001
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,242
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Thompson (45)
Charlie Miller (missed pen.) (67)
Gary Wales (65)

Team Managers
Alex Smith
Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
13. Paul Gallacher
16. Danny Griffin
23. Jim Lauchlan
42. Jamie McCunnie
5. Jason de Vos
4. David Hannah
24. Jamie Buchan
29. Charlie Miller
7. Craig Easton
10. Derek Lilley
19. Steven Thompson
Antti Niemi
Robbie Neilson
Steven Pressley
Kevin McKenna
Austin McCann
Steven Boyack
Lee Makel
Colin Cameron
Robert Tomaschek
Thomas Flogel
Andy Kirk

1. Alan Combe
21. David Partridge
8. Tassos Venetis
9. Beto Naveda
12. Paul Robinson
Roddy McKenzie
Andy Webster
Gary Wales
Scott Severin

Tassos Venetis for Charlie Miller (77)
Paul Robinson for Steven Thompson (79)
Beto Naveda for Derek Lilley (89)
Gary Wales for Robbie Neilson (46)
Scott Severin for Lee Makel (46)
Juanjo for Andy Kirk (79)

Derek Lilley (51)
Austin McCann (51)
Anti Niemi (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Andy Davis & Roddy Cobb (Assistants)
John Gilmour (Fourth Official)

Match Report

United received the pre match boost of hearing that relegation rivals St Mirren had lost to Celtic at Parkhead and knew that a win would allow them to stretch their lead at the bottom over the Paisley side. After the midweek defeat at Aberdeen, United were desperate to get back on the rails in what was another vital fixture for the club. However, games against Hearts are always difficult and there was never any doubt that this game would be just that. The Tynecastle side went into the match neck and neck with Kilmamock in the race for the last UEFA cup place so both sides had everything to play for. As expected, United boss Alex Smith made one change to the starting line up with midflelder David Hannah replacing Paul Robinson who dropped to the bench. Teenage right back Jamie McCunnle celebrated his new contract by making his fourteenth consecutive first team appearance.

The game was played, during the early stages, at the usual frantic pace normatty reached when these two teams meet and it seemed obvious early on that there wouldn't be an over abundance of goals. United survived an early scare In the 3rd minute when a goalmouth scramble saw the United defence block the ball on three occasions before conceding a comer. Midway through the flist half Griffin came close to breaking the deadlock with his second spectacular free kick in four days. When Makel tripped Miller on the edge of the area, the Irish international stepped up to curl a brilliant free kick over the wall and past Niemi, only to see the ball rebound off the post. Thompson followed up with a rebound which was blocked by Pressley. If the wood work prevented the home side trom scoring on that occasion, it failed to prevent them going one better on the stroke of half time. Easton beat several defenders on the right before slipping the ball through to midfteld partner Miller who had made an excellent run into the box. The playmaker turned before firing a right foot shot past Niemi from six yards only to see the ball hit the left hand post, but Steven Thompson blasted the rebound into the roof of the net.

Hearts made a couple of half-tlme changes and took the game to the home side right from the restart as the match opened up a bit more. It benefited United too as they were allowed more space to play and on occasions both teams showed some excellent football. Hearts got what was a deserved equaliser In the 65th minute when a right wing cross from Boyack was brilliantly headed into the net by substitute Gary Wales. It was a well placed finish that gave Gallacher no chance. Just two minutes later United had the perfect chance to regain their lead when they were awarded a penalty. Thompson played Miller into the box and he rounded Niemi before being brought down. As the Hearts keeper was yellow carded, Miller dusted himself down and took the kick only to see his former Ibrox team mate dive full length to his right. The rest of the game was played with plenty of effort with the best chance falling to United sub Robinson who should've done better when clean in on the left than to slide the ball past the far post, with only minutes remaining. United will welcome the point but feel the chance to open up a bigger gap over St Mirren was lost. They now go into the SPL split four points better off than the bottom club but, with a goal dlfteience advantage of 15; effectively like an extra point in their quest for league safety, United now have to play Aberdeen, Dunfermline, St Johnstone, Motherwell as well as St Mlrren.

Squad Statistics (as at April 7th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Paul Gallacher (GK)21 13 - 14 -
Jim Lauchlan24 223223
Danny Griffin23 161161
Jamie McCunnie17 14 - 14 -
Jason de Vos27 36 - 1072
Jamie Buchan24 35 - 35 -
David Hannah27 22315524
Charlie Miller25 235235
Craig Easton22 34514610
Steven Thompson22 3229811
Derek Lilley27 164164
Tassos Venetis (sub)21 13 - 32 -
Paul Robinson (sub)22 6 - 6 -
Beto Naveda (sub)28 142142

League Table (as at April 7th, 2001)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 33 28 4 1 +57 88
2. Rangers 31 21 3 7 +28 66
3. Hibernian 32 17 9 6 +27 60
4. Kilmarnock 32 14 7 11 -4 49
5. Hearts 33 13 8 12 +8 47
6. Dundee 33 11 8 14 +6 41
7. Dunfermline 33 11 8 14 -16 41
8. Motherwell 33 11 6 16 -11 39
9. Aberdeen 33 8 12 13 -11 36
10. St Johnstone 33 8 11 14 -13 35
11. DUNDEE UTD 33 5 8 20 -28 23
12. St Mirren 33 5 4 24 -43 19

League results since United's last match
7th April 2001
Celtic1-0St Mirren
Dundee Utd1-1Hearts
Motherwell1-0St Johnstone