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Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
Easter Road. Att. 10,252
7:15 PM Kick-off

Souleymane Bamba (44)
Paul Hanlon (89)
David Goodwillie (2)
David Goodwillie (35)

Team Managers
Colin Calderwood Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Michael Hart
Ian Murray
Francis Dickoh
Paul Hanlon
Souleymane Bamba
Edwin De Graaf
Lewis Stevenson
Danny Galbraith
David Wotherspoon
Derek Riordan
Dušan Perniš .1
Seán Dillon .2
Keith Watson .23
Barry Douglas .17
Paul Dixon .3
Scott Robertson .8
Morgaro Gomis .16
Prince Buaben .15
Jon Daly .9
David Goodwillie .25
Johnny Russell .27

Graeme Smith
Merouane Zemmama
John Rankin
Kevin McBride
Liam Miller
Colin Nish
Darryl Duffy
Steve Banks .13
Ross Smith .34
Stuart Armstrong .43
Danny Swanson .14
David Robertson .12
Andis Shala .20
Danny Cadamarteri .10

Merouane Zemmama for David Wotherspoon (46)
Darryl Duffy for Ian Murray (80)
Liam Miller for Lewis Stevenson (80)
Danny Swanson for Johnny Russell (61)
Danny Cadamarteri for Scott Robertson (85)

Lewis Stevenson (31)
Liam Miller (90)
Danny Swanson (62)
Paul Dixon (90)

Red Cards
None. Danny Swanson (78)

Match Officials

Stevie O'Reilly (Referee)

Match Report

On the face of it, a decent point given injuries, suspensions and lack of match practise ~ but with United having created the platform for a comfortable win - this felt like two points dropped. For their first outing in almost six weeks, United were forced to utilise striker Jon Daly as a stand-in centre-half in place of suspended Garry Kenneth. Johnny Russell continued wide right in a five-man midfield with Goodwillie playing as a lone striker. Hibs also played with five in midfield, but following a poor sequence of results made five changes: De Graaf, Galbraith, Stevenson, Dickoh and Bamba all returning to the starting eleven.

United made a dream start with David Goodwillie coolly slotting home after being put through on the keeper by Russell. The visitors had opportunities to drive home their advantage with Daly unlucky to see a header rebound from the post, and Russell heading over from a good position. Hibs seemed very low on confidence, but battled back with Galbraith and Riordon looking dangerous Riordon drawing a fine diving save from Pernis. However, the best move of the match saw United deservedly extend their lead. After a clever switch of play Dixon swept past Hart on the left and crossed for David Goodwillie to send a delightful flick into the net despite being sandwiched between keeper and defender. As half time approached, only a last ditch Bamba tackle stopped Douglas adding a killer third after Goodwillie had robbed Dickoh at the corner flag. Crucially, and with just seconds to go until the interval. Sol Bamba pulled one back with a header after Pernis had done well to parry Riordon's free-kick.

Having looked dead and buried, Hibs started the second half much more positively though creating few clear cut chances - until a Riordon shot was deflected wide by Dixon from close range. With half an hour remaining Swanson replaced Russell and before the substitute had even touched the ball he found himself yellow carded for a lunge at Galbraith. Just seventeen minutes later he picked up a second yellow for a completely needless handball on the goal-line, leaving his colleagues mounting a desperate rearguard action with Hibs adding Duffy as an extra striker. Galbraith's low cross again saw the ball deflected by Riordon off a defender and narrowly wide. Then Duffy's 25 yard shot never really troubled Pernis. With two minutes left, Watson deflected a Riordon through-ball inches passed his own goal as the pressure increased. From the resulting comer, De Graaf blasted back across goal where Paul Hanlon prodded it home from close range. Hibs almost grabbed a winner in stoppage time but a tremendous diving save from Pernis stopped Riordon's 20-yard free-kick from completing a remarkable turnaround. On the face of it, a decent point given injuries and suspensions - but if United had carried their first half performance into the second, it should really have been all three.

Man of the match: A fine goalkeeping performance from Dusan Pernis was beaten only by David Goodwillie's first half master-class in finishing, and all round work-rate.

Squad Statistics (as at December 29th, 2010)

2010-11 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)26 19 - 44 -
Barry Douglas21 11 - 11 -
Seán Dillon27 1911403
Paul Dixon24 18 - 811
Keith Watson21 13 - 26 -
Scott Robertson25 17 - 595
Morgaro Gomis25 1911577
Prince Buaben22 1911179
Johnny Russell20 91153
Jon Daly27 1949728
David Goodwillie21 191010630
Danny Swanson (sub)24 6 - 937
Danny Cadamarteri (sub)31 12 - 364

League Table (as at December 29th, 2010)

No league table has been added for this season.