Hibernian 3
Dundee Utd 0
League (Championship)


3 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Championship)
Friday, January 6th, 2017
Easter Road. Att. 18,786
7:45 PM Kick-off

Jason Cummings (6)
Jason Cummings (27)
John McGinn (81)

Team Managers
Neil Lennon Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Ross Laidlaw
David Gray
Paul Hanlon
Lewis Stevenson
Darren McGregor
Marvin Bartley
Dylan McGeouch
Kris Commons
Martin Boyle
Chris Humphrey
Jason Cummings
Cammy Bell .1
Paul Dixon .3
Mark Durnan .4
Lewis Toshney .6
William Edjenguélé .14
Stewart Murdoch .8
Charlie Telfer .12
Nick van der Velden .23
Willo Flood .16
Tony Andreu .19
Scott Fraser .10

Liam Fontaine
John McGinn
Grant Holt
James Keatings
Andrew Shinnie
Brian Graham
Otso Virtanen
Luis Zwick .21
Jamie Robson .24
Seán Dillon .2
Blair Spittal .7
Thomas Mikkelsen .18
Tope Obadeyi .11
Cammy Smith .15

John McGinn for Kris Commons (78)
James Keatings for Chris Humphrey (84)
Brian Graham for Jason Cummings (88)
Tope Obadeyi for Nick van der Velden (57)
Cammy Smith for Charlie Telfer (67)
Thomas Mikkelsen for Stewart Murdoch (75)

Marvin Bartley (49)
David Gray (85)
Charlie Telfer (30)
Stewart Murdoch (44)
Nick van der Velden (52)
Mark Durnan (79)
Tony Andreu (88)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)
Drew Kirkland & Stuart Stevenson (Assistants)
Barry Cook (Fourth Official)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Hibs started the game at a frantic pace, utilising an attacking formation with Humphrey, Boyle, Cummings and Kris Commons, all pressing United in their own half for much of the opening period. Humphrey showed his pace and intention to attack Paul Dixon as early as the 2nd minute, leaving the United full back in his wake as he twisted and turned to ping a dangerous cross into the box. Hibs took a deserved but slightly fortuitous lead on six minutes. A second corner, in quick succession, was headed out of the United area but only to the onrushing Humphrey; his weak shot managed to find its way through to Jason Cummings and he knocked the ball past the helpless Bell from six yards out. United were in trouble again minutes later, Murdoch short with a pass back was helped out by a stretching Edjenguele who got to the ball just before Cummings could benefit. Mark Durnan then caused further anxiety in the away end, slicing a clearance that put Cammy Bell under pressure. Toshney then made a brave clearance as Commons unleashed a fierce strike from twenty yards as it looked like Hibs would run riot. United failed to get any hold in the game, and even when they did get forward the final ball was left wanting as first Andreu and then Van der Velden wasted opportunities to put pressure on the Hibs defence. Hibs doubled their advantage on twenty six minutes, again with a hint of good fortune. McGregor made a crunching challenge on van der Velden; his clearance fell into the path of Humphreys and his clever touch took him clear of Dixon. He rifled in a low cross leaving Jason Cummings the simplest of tasks to tap home. Telfer was booked for a late tackle as the frustration in the United midfield became obvious. An offside flag then spared further blushes in the United rear guard as McGeouch’s clever run and slick pass sent Cummings clear on goal, only to be called back thanks to the assistant referee’s decision. A minute before the break Murdoch clattered into Barkley in the middle of the park to earn a caution from the referee.

The second half started much as the first finished, Durnan fouling Boyle on the edge of the area. Commons’s free kick was poor and came to nothing. The impressive Bartley was booked for pulling back Flood as the United man tried to drive his team forward. Flood then gave the ball away to Boyle 70 yards from goal and the pacey Hibs man ran the length of the pitch but his effort in the end was wayward. Van der Velden was booked for a studs up challenge on Boyle, just before he was replaced by Obadeyi. Midway through the second half United began to get a grip of the game and were controlling the ball, without, it has to be said, testing the Hibs goal in any way. Commons should have done better in trying to play Boyle through after a great run by Bartley, but the Celtic loanee tried to be too clever leaving his team mate frustrated. United swapped Smith for Telfer with twenty minutes to go in an effort to increase their attacking threat. Ten minutes later, new signing Thomas Mikkelsen made his debut as United went for broke. Obadeyi nearly got on the scoresheet, Laidlaw doing well to parry away the United striker’s header from just 5 yards out. Marvin Bartley continued to pull the strings for Hibs and Durnan was next in the referee’s book for fouling the midfielder once too often. Lewis Toshney then made a tremendous last gasp challenge on Boyle inside the area, but again the United defence were left wanting from the resultant corner. The ball was rolled to the edge of the area, where John McGinn, only on the park for five minutes, skipped passed Fraser and waltzed into the area to squeeze the ball through Bell’s legs from an acute angle. Obadeyi had the best of any play for United in the final ten minutes but by that time the game was over for the fantastic travelling support. The final chance of the game fell to Hibs and James Keatings should have done better to tee up ex United man Graham, but the chance went begging.

Written by Gordon Aitchison

Squad Statistics (as at January 6th, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Cammy Bell (GK)30 26 - 26 -
Paul Dixon30 16 - 2115
Lewis Toshney24 201201
Mark Durnan24 213546
Stewart Murdoch26 141141
William Edjenguélé29 192192
Charlie Telfer21 211545
Willo Flood31 2321757
Scott Fraser21 254626
Tony Andreu28 179179
Nick van der Velden35 243243
Cammy Smith (sub)21 235235
Thomas Mikkelsen (sub)26 1 - 1 -
Tope Obadeyi (sub)27 232232

League Table (as at January 6th, 2017)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 20 12 6 2 +24 42
2. DUNDEE UTD 20 11 5 4 +10 38
3. Morton 18 7 7 4 +6 28
4. Falkirk 19 7 6 6 +3 27
5. Raith Rovers 18 6 7 5 +2 25
6. Dunfermline 19 5 6 8 -5 21
7. QOS 19 5 6 8 -7 21
8. Dumbarton 19 5 6 8 -7 21
9. Ayr Utd 19 4 7 8 -10 19
10. St Mirren 19 2 6 11 -16 12

League results since United's last match
2nd January 2017
Raith Rovers0-2Dunfermline
6th January 2017
Hibernian3-0Dundee Utd