Dundee Utd 1
Hibernian 1
League (SPL)


Dundee Utd
1 - 1
Hibernian 

League (SPL)
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,635
12:30 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Noel Hunt (pen.) (13)
John Rankin (46)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Lukasz Załuska
Seán Dillon
Lee Wilkie
Danny Grainger
Darren Dods
Willo Flood
Craig Conway
Mark Kerr
Morgaro Gomis
Jim O'Brien
Noel Hunt
Yves Ma-Kalambay
Kevin McCann
Chris Hogg
Filipe Morais
Paul Hanlon
Guillaume Beuzelin
Dean Shiels
John Rankin
Ian Murray
Colin Nish
Steven Fletcher

Bench
Euan McLean
Garry Kenneth
Christian Kalvenes
Prince Buaben
Danny Swanson
Mark de Vries
Eric Odhiambo
Andy McNeil
Alan O'Brien
Lewis Stevenson
Merouane Zemmama
Ross Chisholm
Damon Gray
Thierry Gathuessi

Substitutions
Mark de Vries for Jim O'Brien (63)
Danny Swanson for Willo Flood (76)
Christian Kalvenes for Danny Grainger (90)
Thierry Gathuessi for Kevin McCann (46)
Merouane Zemmama for Filipe Morais (76)

Cautions
None. Paul Hanlon (40)
Chris Hogg (66)
John Rankin (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eddie Smith (Referee)


Match Report


United and Hibernian fought out a hugely entertaining 1-1 draw, the third time this season that the sides have shared the points. A Noel Hunt penalty had United ahead at the break only for that to be cancelled out by a John Rankin volley at the start of the second half.

Following on from the glory night at Tynecastle on Tuesday, Craig Levein was forced into making three changes for the visit of Hibernian. Danny Grainger and Sean Dillon returned and there was a debut start for Jim O’Brien who arrived as part of the deal that took Barry Robson to Celtic. Dropping out completely was David Robertson, with Mark De Vries and Christian Kalvenes starting on the bench. Mixu Paatelainen returned to Tannadice for the first time as Hibs manager.

In front of the live television cameras both teams started brightly although it was the home side that looked more threatening. With ten minutes on the clock Flood went close with a header and then the visitors followed that up by going close through Fletcher. United then went back up the pitch and opened the scoring. New boy O’Brien fired in a great shot that Ma-Kalambay parried. The ball landed on the head of Flood and just as he looked set to score he was pushed to the ground by Beuezlin. The referee correctly pointed to the spot and Noel Hunt stepped up to give United the lead. Towards the end of the half Shiels had a decent chance to equalise but he took too long and the United defence cleared.

The second half started in the worst possible way for United when, with a minute gone, the visitors were back on level terms. The ball found its way to John Rankin in the United penalty area and his shot somehow managed to beat Zaluska who looked to have been distracted by a Hibs player in an offside position nearby.

With two attacking teams on show the game could have gone either way. At one end United had a great chance when De Vries flicked on to Hunt who headed against the crossbar and then at the other end Fletcher had a superb overhead kick that hit the outside of the post.

United continued to take the game to Hibs, who had Ma-Kalambay to thank for a series of terrific saves to deny United re-taking the lead. With United still pressing right up to the end they were twice caught on the break and Shiels could have won all three points for the visitors when in the dying seconds he missed from close range with the goal glaring.



Squad Statistics (as at February 9th, 2008)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Lukasz Załuska (GK)25 4 - 4 -
Seán Dillon24 301461
Lee Wilkie27 253403
Danny Grainger21 7 - 7 -
Darren Dods32 302302
Mark Kerr25 23 - 1735
Jim O'Brien20 1 - 1 -
Craig Conway22 122462
Willo Flood22 291291
Morgaro Gomis22 301421
Noel Hunt25 29156025
Christian Kalvenes (sub)30 161482
Danny Swanson (sub)21 5 - 5 -
Mark de Vries (sub)32 4 - 4 -






League Table (as at February 9th, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.