Hearts 0-2 Dundee Utd- Match Report
Report of match 25th February 2012
Hearts 0-2 Dundee Utd- Match Report.
Easy does it for United
Dundee United extended their unbeaten run to six matches and climbed above Hearts with a 2-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory at Tynecastle.
Striker Jon Daly struck with a header from Barry Douglas' free-kick after 41 minutes and defender Gavin Gunning headed in a second from a corner after 85 minutes as United triumphed to move up to fifth place, two points behind St Johnstone.
Hearts began the day in fourth but now have one win in seven matches - the extra-time defeat of St Johnstone in the William Hill Scottish Cup - and sit sixth in the table.
The hosts' woes were compounded by injuries to midfielder Ian Black and captain Marius Zaliukas and they are just four points ahead of seventh-placed Aberdeen with the SPL split approaching.
It is a run of results which may bring into question Paulo Sergio's position as Hearts manager.
Sergio made five changes following the 3-0 loss at Motherwell, but new signing Craig Beattie was not even among the substitutes.
Jamie Hamill, Darren Barr, Rudi Skacel, Mehdi Taouil and Scott Robinson returned to the starting line-up, while United made one enforced change following their 4-0 defeat of Kilmarnock, with Barry Douglas replacing the suspended Paul Dixon at left-back.
The hosts began brightly with Skacel and Robinson each forcing Dusan Pernis to save low to his right.
Hearts should have gone ahead when an unmarked David Obua headed Hamill's cross down to Stephen Elliott, who was allowed to turn and shoot from 10 yards, but Pernis saved again.
United were playing on the counter attack and Barr was booked for bringing down Johnny Russell before Jamie MacDonald palmed over a Sean Dillon header from Willo Flood's corner.
Pernis saved a dipping Black volley from the edge of the area before Russell blasted off target at the other end.
The physical nature of the match saw Barr perhaps fortunate to avoid a second booking for a tackle from behind on Daly and his subsequent reaction.
Black, who required treatment earlier following an aerial challenge with Daly, went off after 40 minutes following another physical challenge and was replaced by Ryan McGowan.
Moments later Hearts suffered a further blow when Douglas' free-kick from wide on the left was whipped to the far post and Daly stooped low to head beyond MacDonald. It was his 17th goal of the season.
Robbie Neilson cleared off the line as Hearts went in search of an equaliser before the interval.
Zaliukas did not reappear after the break following a first-half injury and the captain's departure led to a reshuffle, with Suso Santana coming on and McGowan dropping back into defence.
Hearts left-back Danny Grainger went to ground too easily in the area after 50 minutes with four United players nearby, but referee Calum Murray dismissed appeals for a penalty.
Flood was booked for a late tackle on Grainger soon after before United replaced Russell with Stuart Armstrong.
A Neilson lunge on Grainger saw the former Hearts defender yellow carded as both sides struggled to assert their authority.
Hearts twice came close to an equaliser in quick succession after 79 minutes.
Santana threaded a neat ball through to Skacel, but Pernis snuffed out the shot by swiftly breaking off his line and spreading himself.
The ball came back for Elliott, but Gunning blocked the shot, with Pernis also scrambling to cover.
United responded and were rewarded with a second goal.
A Gary MacKay-Steven corner after 85 minutes was met by Gunning, who headed into the top corner.
Gunning headed wide moments later from another set-piece and United held on to secure victory.
|Competition: Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premiership Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Tynecastle Attendance: 13,176|
||0 - 2||Dundee Utd.
|-||Match ends, Hearts 0, Dundee United 2.|
|90+0||Second Half ends, Hearts 0, Dundee United 2.|
|90+0||Corner, Dundee United.|
|90+0||Foul by Mehdi Taouil (Hearts).|
|90+0||Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|90+0||Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).|
|90+0||Jamie Hamill (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|90||Offside, Dundee United. Gary Mackay-Steven is caught offside.|
|89||Substitution, Dundee United. Richie Ryan replaces Scott Robertson.|
|87||Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.|
|87||Suso Santana (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|87||Foul by Suso Santana (Hearts).|
|87||Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|85||Goal! Hearts 0, Dundee United 2. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gary Mackay-Steven with a cross.|
|85||Corner, Dundee United.|
|80||Attempt saved. Darren Barr (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Daniel Grainger.|
|77||Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).|
|77||John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|74||Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.|
|72||Foul by Rudolf Skacel (Hearts).|
|72||Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|70||Offside, Hearts. Andrew Driver is caught offside.|
|67||Substitution, Hearts. Andrew Driver replaces David Obua.|
|62||Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United).|
|62||Stephen Elliott (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|60||Robbie Neilson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|60||Foul by Robbie Neilson (Dundee United).|
|60||Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|59||Substitution, Dundee United. Stuart Armstrong replaces Johnny Russell.|
|59||Foul by Suso Santana (Hearts).|
|59||Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|58||Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).|
|58||Mehdi Taouil (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|57||Foul by Jonathan Daly (Dundee United).|
|57||Ryan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|56||Willo Flood (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|56||Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).|
|56||Daniel Grainger (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|51||Foul by Barry Douglas (Dundee United).|
|51||Rudolf Skacel (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|50||Attempt missed. David Obua (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.|
|47||Foul by Daniel Grainger (Hearts).|
|47||Robbie Neilson (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|46||Foul by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).|
|46||Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|46||Substitution, Hearts. Suso Santana replaces Marius Zaliukas.|
|-||Second Half begins Hearts 0, Dundee United 1.|
|45+0||First Half ends, Hearts 0, Dundee United 1.|
|45+0||Offside, Dundee United. Gary Mackay-Steven is caught offside.|
|45||Foul by Rudolf Skacel (Hearts).|
|45||Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|44||Offside, Hearts. David Obua is caught offside.|
|41||Goal! Hearts 0, Dundee United 1. Jonathan Daly (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.|
|41||Foul by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).|
|41||Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|40||Substitution, Hearts. Ryan McGowan replaces Ian Black.|
|36||Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts).|
|36||Jonathan Daly (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|31||Offside, Dundee United. Jonathan Daly is caught offside.|
|30||Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dusan Pernis.|
|30||Attempt saved. Ian Black (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.|
|29||Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).|
|29||Stephen Elliott (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|27||Foul by Jonathan Daly (Dundee United).|
|27||Daniel Grainger (Hearts) wins a free kick.|
|25||Attempt missed. Ian Black (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.|
|18||Corner, Dundee United.|
|18||Attempt saved. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Willo Flood.|
|18||Corner, Dundee United.|
|17||Darren Barr (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|17||Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts).|
|17||Johnny Russell (Dundee United) wins a free kick.|
|15||Offside, Dundee United. Johnny Russell is caught offside.|
|14||Hand ball by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).|
|12||Attempt saved. Stephen Elliott (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.|
|4||Offside, Hearts. Ian Black is caught offside.|
|3||Attempt saved. Scott Robinson (Hearts) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.|
|2||Attempt saved. Rudolf Skacel (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.|
|-||First Half begins.|
|-||Lineups are announced and players are warming up.|