Dundee Utd 0
Hearts 1
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

League (Premiership)
Sunday, October 18th, 2015
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,461
12:15 PM Kick-off

None. Juanma Delgado (pen.) (16)

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
Robbie Neilson

Starting Eleven
51. Luis Zwick
2. Seán Dillon
17. Mark Durnan
4. John Souttar
12. Ryan McGowan
8. John Rankin
22. Scott Fraser
20. Blair Spittal
25. Aaron Kuhl
30. Darko Bodul
7. Billy Mckay
Neil Alexander
Jordan McGhee
B³a¿ej Augustyn
Igor Rossi Branco
Juwon Oshaniwa
Danny Swanson
Miguel Pallardó
Prince Buaben
Sam Nicholson
Osman Sow
Juanma Delgado

21. Michal Szromnik
28. Coll Donaldson
38. Harry Souttar
18. Aidan Connolly
16. Charlie Telfer
15. Simon Murray
29. Adam Taggart
Jack Hamilton
Dario Zanatta
Morgaro Gomis
Jamie Walker
Billy King
Arnaud Sutchuin
Liam Smith

Adam Taggart for Darko Bodul (46)
Aidan Connolly for Scott Fraser (77)
Jamie Walker for Danny Swanson (54)
Morgaro Gomis for Miguel Pallardó (71)
Liam Smith for Juwon Oshaniwa (71)

Seán Dillon (17)
Ryan McGowan (47)
Mark Durnan (74)
John Rankin (74)
Blair Spittal (89)
Danny Swanson (23)
Prince Buaben (38)

Red Cards
Blair Spittal (90)
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)

Match Report

Mixu Paatelainen made his debut as Dundee United manager by making three changes from the defeat at Partick Thistle. Aaron Kuhl, Mark Durnan and Billy McKay started in place of Callum Morris, Ryan Dow and Euan Spark.

Hearts started the stronger of the two sides, and the opening goal came after 16 minutes. Sam Nicholson collected the ball on the left wing and cut into the penalty area, eluding the challenge of John Souttar. Blair Spittal barged Nicholson in the back, and a penalty was the result. Juanma stepped up and drilled the ball low into the right-hand corner of Luis Zwick's net. United did have a claim for a penalty themselves midway through the half, when Juanma tugged on the shirt of Ryan McGowan as he attempted to challenge for the ball, but the incident was missed by the referee. Danny Swanson then tested Zwick with a rasping free-kick from 25 yards that the United keeper tipped over the crossbar, before being set-up by Osman Sow, his strike on this occasion smothered by Zwick at the second attempt.

After half time, United were much improved without creating any clear cut chances. Aaron Kuhl sent a dipping free kick just over the bar on the hour mark, but United did not create many other chances from open play. The second half degenerated into a rather niggly affair, with numerous free kicks for both sides, and several Hearts players going down with cramp. In stoppage time, Blair Spittal was shown his second yellow card after tripping Nicholson as he caught United on the break. United still had time to win another free kick in a good position. However, Kuhl sent a disappointing effort well over the bar. That was United’s final chance against a Hearts side who were content to see the game out.

Manager Comments: “What surprised me was that the quality let us down a little bit in the final third. We'll work on these things; it's very, very early days. We've not had a chance to work on the offensive stuff; we wanted to make sure we defended well. I'm disappointed with the result but pleased with how the players tried and how committed they were”.

Fan Comment: “A rather uninspiring performance to start Mixu Paatalainen’s tenure at the club. Hearts looked comfortable once they took the lead aside from a couple of United free kicks. The players are evidently lacking confidence and a spark going forward, which is one of many problems Mixu needs to sort out over the next few weeks”.

Formation: 4-4-2
Captain: Seán Dillon
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': John Rankin

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at October 18th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Luis Zwick (GK)21 12 - 12 -
Seán Dillon32 713016
John Souttar19 9 - 612
Ryan McGowan26 12 - 291
Mark Durnan22 11 - 11 -
John Rankin32 9 - 17511
Aaron Kuhl19 4 - 4 -
Blair Spittal19 123415
Scott Fraser20 101111
Darko Bodul26 10 - 10 -
Billy Mckay26 6363
Aidan Connolly (sub)20 8 - 322
Adam Taggart (sub)22 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at October 18th, 2015)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 11 8 2 1 +17 26
2. Aberdeen 11 8 0 3 +5 24
3. Hearts 11 6 2 3 +4 20
4. Ross County 11 5 3 3 +6 18
5. Hamilton 11 5 2 4 +2 17
6. Dundee 11 4 4 3 -2 16
7. St Johnstone 11 4 2 5 +3 14
8. Inverness CT 11 3 4 4 -3 13
9. Kilmarnock 11 3 3 5 -8 12
10. Motherwell 11 3 1 7 -6 10
11. Partick Th 11 2 3 6 -6 9
12. DUNDEE UTD 11 1 2 8 -12 2

League results since United's last match
4th October 2015
16th October 2015
Ross County2-0Aberdeen
17th October 2015
Kilmarnock2-0Inverness CT
St Johnstone1-2Partick Th
18th October 2015
Dundee Utd0-1Hearts

Manager's Programme Notes

Warm welcome to everyone attending the match today. I am delighted and proud to take charge of Dundee United as Head Coach. I am excited about the match and I cannot wait for the first whistle to blow. I look forward to once again being in front of the United fans and I thank you in advance for your support today; it is very important. This Club has always been close to my heart and like everyone else I have been surprised by the poor start we have made this season. The players have shown me this week in training they are good footballers; they have desire and a willingness to correct our form. Today is when it has to be shown. This will be a difficult season and I know we are in a very poor position. Today we must show plenty dig and aggression from the first whistle because the job ahead of us is now in progress. We all want the team to climb the table and I want our team to work harder and show more desire than our opponents. That is the minimum I expect from my team. Under my guidance, you will see players who give their all, players who know their jobs and players who have a clear defined role within the team. That will be the basis for success and in time our performances will improve. We need to pick up points very quickly. The players know this and believe me, I have made it very clear to them how we improve our current situation. That starts today against a good Hearts side who will prove difficult opposition but my players must go out and show how much they are prepared to give and battle for every point. I am here to do eveiything to change things around, this is a special Club. I will give everything and do my utmost to bring you the success you deserve here. Enjoy today's game.