Hearts 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


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Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Sunday, July 31st, 2011
Tynecastle Park. Att. 13,821
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Jon Daly (38)

Team Managers
Jim Jefferies Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Marián Kello
Danny Grainger
David Obua
Ryan McGowan
Marius Žaliūkas
Eggert Jonsson
Ian Black
David Templeton
Adrian Mrowiec
Stephen Elliott
John Sutton
Dušan Perniš .1
Paul Dixon .3
Garry Kenneth .5
Seán Dillon .2
Scott Severin .4
Keith Watson .12
Scott Allan .20
John Rankin .11
Willo Flood .6
Johnny Russell .15
Jon Daly .9

Jamie MacDonald
Darren Barr
Ryan Stevenson
Rudi Sk
Steve Banks .13
Barry Douglas .14
Stuart Armstrong .16
Gary Mackay-Steven .17
Scott Robertson .8
Dale Hilson .23
Ryan Dow .22

Rudi Skácel for Adrian Mrowiec (70)
Arvydas Novikovas for Stephen Elliott (70)
Ryan Stevenson for John Sutton (77)
Scott Robertson for Scott Severin (76)
Barry Douglas for Scott Allan (83)

Danny Grainger (78) Willo Flood (54)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Following on from a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Tannadice on the opening day of the SPL season the previous weekend, United were keen to net their first three points of season with a win against Hearts at Tynecastle: the side which had beaten United to third place last season. Peter Houston made three changes to his starting line-up for the trip to Edinburgh: in came Garry Kenneth, Scott Severin and debutant Scott Allan with Stuart Armstrong and Barry Douglas dropping to the bench. David Goodwillie was missing from the squad altogether amid intense transfer speculation as it was looking increasingly likely that a big-money transfer to Blackburn Rovers was imminent. In his absence, Jon Daly – who had started the previous match in central defence – was moved up field to partner Johnny Russell in attack.

United started off the better side and almost went ahead early on when Jon Daly set up John Rankin for a shot from inside the box but he fired his right-footed effort just over the bar. Soon after, the home side went close when a trademark long-throw from Hearts’ Australian right-back Ryan McGowan almost caught out Dušan Perniš in the United goal but the Slovakian stopper did well to get finger tips to the ball to prevent it going into the net whilst under pressure from Hearts’ David Obua. United were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty-kick when Adrian Mrowiec brought down John Rankin right on the edge of the Hearts box but referee Brian Winter adjudged the foul to have taken place just outside the box. From the resultant free-kick Rankin came within inches of opening the scoring: bending his effort around the wall but crashing the ball against the crossbar. It was end to end stuff at Tynecastle and Stephen Elliot was presented with a gilt-edged chance to put Hearts ahead: former United full-back Danny Grainger playing in a low cross into the box right to the feet of the Hearts attacker who could only fire straight at Dušan Perniš. Seconds later and it was Danny Grainger again with another brilliant delivery into the box, this time to John Sutton who was arriving late at the far post but could only volley the ball wide of the target on the stretch. Jon Daly came very close to opening the scoring for United in the 37th minute when Paul Dixon’s wicked delivery into the box was met on the first time volley by Daly and Marian Kello did brilliantly in the Hearts goal to tip the Irishman’s powerful effort over the crossbar. Jon Daly was not to be denied for long though: rising unchallenged 12 yards out to head home from the resulting corner-kick. 1-0 United and Hearts manager Jim Jefferies was far from impressed with his side’s marking at the set-piece. Hearts did have a great chance to level just before half-time when a weak long range effort from Eggert Jónsson was well controlled by Stephen Elliot only twelve yards from goal with just the keeper to beat but he dragged his shot wide of Perniš’ left-hand post.

After the break there was a worrying moment for the travelling United fans when it appeared that Garry Kenneth had turned David Templeton’s cross into his own net but luckily for United the big defender’s clearance ended up spinning just wide of the post. Up the other end Hearts failed to deal with a Willo Flood corner effectively and the ball broke out to the impressive Scott Allan but his low shot didn’t have enough power to beat Kello had his near post. Next up to test their luck in front of the Hearts goal was Garry Kenneth pushing up from the back but his header from a Willo Flood cross was straight at the goalkeeper. With 63 minutes on the clock Johnny Russell very nearly doubled United’s advantage, showing brilliant skill to control Paul Dixon’s waist height ball before turning and firing a low shot across the face of Kello’s goal and just past the far post. Around five minutes later and David Templeton produced some skill of his own: beautifully controlling John Sutton’s flick on before firing a powerful, dipping, snap-shot towards the United goal which was tipped over the bar by Perniš. With the clock ticking and his side very close to their first win of the season Peter Houston began to make substitutions to solidify United’s winning position with Scott Robertson coming on to replace Scott Severin and minutes later Barry Douglas came on for the undoubted man of the match, Scott Allan who had put in a superb performance on his debut. United did have to survive a last minute scare with Dušan Perniš almost turning the ball into his own net – it would have been one of the most bizarre own-goals ever – but luckily his defenders managed to clear the ball and secure an important three points for the Terrors.

Squad Statistics (as at July 31st, 2011)

2011-12 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)26 4 - 75 -
Paul Dixon24 4 - 1062
Scott Severin32 3 - 191
Garry Kenneth24 3 - 1657
Seán Dillon28 4 - 1683
Keith Watson21 41542
John Rankin28 4 - 4 -
Willo Flood26 4 - 721
Scott Allan19 2 - 2 -
Johnny Russell21 4 - 4411
Jon Daly28 4212038
Barry Douglas (sub)21 3 - 312
Scott Robertson (sub)26 1 - 865

League Table (as at July 31st, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.