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Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Sunday, August 29th, 2010
Tynecastle Park. Att. 12,898
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Templeton (30) Morgaro Gomis (85)
Jon Daly (missed pen.) (76)

Team Managers
Jim Jefferies Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Marián Kello
Craig Thomson
Darren Barr
Ismaël Bouzid
Eggert Jónsson
Suso Santana
Adrian Mrowiec
Ian Black
David Templeton
Kevin Kyle
Ryan Stevenson
Dušan Perniš .1
Seán Dillon .2
Garry Kenneth .18
Barry Douglas .17
Keith Watson .23
Danny Swanson .14
Prince Buaben .15
Scott Robertson .8
Craig Conway .6
David Goodwillie .25
Jon Daly .9

J Steve Banks .13
Darren Dods .5
Paul Dixon .3
David Robertson .12
Morgaro Gomis .16
Andis Shala .20
Damián Casalinuovo .21

David Obua for Suso Santana (76)
Arvydas Novikovas for David Templeton (80)
David Robertson for Danny Swanson (4)
Morgaro Gomis for Keith Watson (67)
Andis Shala for Scott Robertson (78)

Craig Thomson (45) Scott Robertson (40)
Andis Shala (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)

Match Report

Peter Houston made four changes to his starting line-up from the side which had been unlucky to exit Europe midweek after a 2-1 aggregate defeat to AEK Athens despite coming so close right at the end of their second leg match in Greece to grabbing a goal which would have sent them through on the away goals rule. Unfortunately it was not to be and United's focus returned to domestic duties as Houston's side looked to pick up their first league win of the season at Tynecastle. Into the side came Barry Douglas, Danny Swanson, David Goodwillie and Jon Daly in place of Paul Dixon, Morgaro Gomis, David Robertson and Danny Cadamarteri.

United were faced with a set-back almost immediately as Danny Swanson pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury after only a few minutes. He was replaced by David Robertson and battle recommenced. Hearts quickly set out their stall playing high balls to striker Kevin Kyle who was an unsurprising handful for the United defence. The striker was first to trouble the defence when he shot well over then was again found by a long diagonal ball which saw him fire a shot at goal for it to be blocked. The United Keeper Dusan Pernis was made to stand up and be counted as Hearts persisted with high balls into the box and was clattered by the centre forward which led to him getting a word from referee Craig Thomson. The big striker knocked down another cross to see it be bundled past Pernis by Mrowiec and clip the top of the bar.Hearts’ physical approach to the game continued and Kevin Kyle did not endear himself to the travelling United support through his treatment of United’s defenders and his constant complaining to the officials when he was challenged. The big striker did have the good grace to laugh and applaud some of the comments directed at him by the visiting fans. Great interplay on the left between Douglas, Goodwillie and Conway saw Kello reacting smartly to a cross at his near post and Goodwillie further tested the keeper with an optimistic effort form 30 yards out. United continued to press with Goodwillie again proving to be a real handful for the Hearts defence: attempting a spectacular overhead kick at goal. Good midfield work by Scott Robertson saw the young striker played in again only to see his effort deflected for a corner. It was to lead to a goal, but sadly at the wrong end. United lost possession cheaply in the Hearts penalty area and a run from well inside his own half by Suso saw him play a ball to David Templeton who fired a shot low across Pernis and into the far corner. Whilst United had perhaps not created any clear cut opportunities it was harsh that they went behind to such an avoidable goal. Hearts tried to press home their advantage with United absorbing the pressure and hitting them on the break – Craig Conway continues to receive robust treatment by defenders and received little protection from the officials so it was hardly a surprise when Scott Robertson was booked for a late challenge as tempers began to fray. Conway had a good chance to shoot at goal but blasted well over before the referee drew some approval from the Arabs by booking Kyle – albeit that particular decision was probably harsh on the striker.

The second half started with a period of both teams doing their utmost to give the ball back to their opponents at the earliest opportunity.The competition between Darren Barr and David Goodwillie saw the United striker on the wrong end of some pretty heavy attention. United struggled to get a foothold in the game, losing possession unnecessarily. A Barry Douglas free kick which struck the defensive wall was the ‘highlight’ of the opening second half exchanges. Templeton ran from halfway before sending a shot at goal that was deflected wide.The game went from end to end without either goalkeeper being sorely tested then the tangerine storm descended. Goodwillie found himself bursting clear on goal. He attempted to square the ball to David Robertson for a tap in finish but the ball was cleared and somewhat typical for Goodie’s afternoon the ball struck him and went out for a goal kick. United were by no means out of it and continued to press for an equaliser. Daly headed a Watson cross over before good work from Douglas and Conway on the left saw United put the home defence under continued pressure. Morgaro Gomis came off the bench in 66 minutes to replace Watson and as the game continued tempers began to fray across the park as niggling fouls started to become the norm. The home defence finally cracked when Darren Barr needlessly handled a long throw in, giving the referee no alternative but to award a penalty. Hearts’ flair player Suzo was booked by the referee for failing to clear the area but giving that he had slowed play down at every previous opportunity, this was perhaps overdue. United captain Jon Daly struck the kick well but Hearts’ goalkeeper Kello saved well to his left and pushed the ball clear for a corner. United’s final pass seemed to be deserting them. Shala was introduced and clearly had his shirt pulled as he went for a Daly long throw but nothing was given. United continued to apply pressure down the wings and when it looked like Garry Kenneth was about to launch another long throw into the Hearts box he gave it short to David Robertson. His lobbed cross into the box was half cleared by Kyle only for substitute Morgaro Gomis to catch the ball sweetly on the half volley 25 yards from goal and send a shot screaming past the despairing dive of Kello. Not happy with this United continued to press. Douglas and Conway combined to see Daly have a header deflected away for a corner as the captain tried to atone for his penalty aberration. Conway then saw two efforts beaten away by Kello as United looked to finish Hearts off. Unfortunately Peter Houston's men couldn't find a winner and the match finished all-square - prolonging United's wait for a first league win of the season.

Squad Statistics (as at August 29th, 2010)

2010-11 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)25 5 - 30 -
Garry Kenneth23 5 - 1336
Barry Douglas20 2 - 2 -
Seán Dillon27 5 - 1262
Keith Watson20 4 - 17 -
Prince Buaben22 5 - 1038
Danny Swanson23 2 - 897
Scott Robertson25 5 - 475
Craig Conway25 5 - 14213
Jon Daly27 528326
David Goodwillie21 5 - 9220
David Robertson (sub)23 2 - 11016
Morgaro Gomis (sub)25 511437
Andis Shala (sub)21 1 - 242

League Table (as at August 29th, 2010)

No league table has been added for this season.