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Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Conway, save by Marian Kello.
Craig Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Thomson on Craig Conway. Paul Dixon produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
David Goodwillie goes off and David Robertson comes on.
Jason Holt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Robinson.
Corner taken by Prince Buaben from the right by-line, clearance by Darren Barr.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line, clearance by Ryan McGowan.
Craig Conway fouled by Darren Barr, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Barr is booked. Timothy van der Meulen comes on in place of Mihael Kovacevic. Craig Conway crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Darren Barr.
Andis Shala comes on in place of Johnny Russell.
David Smith on for Gary Glen.
David Templeton takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Jon Daly finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-1 Hearts.
The referee cautions Prince Buaben for unsporting behaviour.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, clearance made by Ryan McGowan.
Long distance shot from Prince Buaben misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Conway on Scott Robinson. Craig Thomson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Prince Buaben manages to make a clearance.
Prince Buaben has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Craig Conway takes a outswinging corner.
Shot by David Goodwillie from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, Jon Daly takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Ismael Bouzid concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Daly. Craig Conway restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from long range by Craig Conway misses to the right of the goal.
Craig Thomson takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis. Inswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, Johnny Russell makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the left by-line, clearance by Scott Severin.
Corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jon Daly misses to the left of the goal.
Prince Buaben takes a short corner.
Craig Thomson takes the inswinging corner, Gary Glen finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Dundee Utd 1-1 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from David Templeton.
Craig Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Craig Thomson shown a yellow card. Paul Dixon crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Ryan McGowan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Dillon on David Templeton. Sean Dillon shown a yellow card. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
Eggert Jonsson challenges David Goodwillie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for Eggert Jonsson. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Paul Dixon, save by Marian Kello.
David Goodwillie finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 Hearts.David Goodwillie provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is sent over by Craig Thomson, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Andrew Driver goes off and Jason Thomson comes on.
Unfair challenge on Craig Thomson by Mihael Kovacevic results in a free kick. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
David Templeton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Prince Buaben. Centre by Paul Dixon, David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Inswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line.
Scott Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Craig Conway takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, save made by Marian Kello.
Eggert Jonsson takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Buaben pays thanks to United
Prince Buaben has thanked Dundee United for saving his career in football as he prepares to make his final appearance for the club.
The 23-year-old midfielder is set to leave when his contract expires following Sunday's match against Hearts and has been targeted by Brighton and Swansea.
Buaben spent a year out of the game after being kicked out of the Ajax youth academy because of a problem with his passport.
He did not think he would get his passion for football back until former United boss Craig Levein invited him to Scotland for a trial in 2007 and he has not looked back since, establishing himself in the United first team, playing for Ghana and lifting the Scottish Cup last season.
Buaben said: "After I left Ajax I didn't play for a year and I fell out of love with the game.
"I was back in Manchester at college. I had been on trial a few places but nothing worked out and, to be honest, I wasn't enjoying it.
"But when my agent told me United wanted me I came up, loved the place and did well enough for the manager to sign me.
"Coming to Dundee United saved my career. I honestly don't know what I would be doing now if it hadn't happened.
"The last few years have been amazing. I have picked up experience, played against some really good players, played in Europe and, of course, won the Scottish Cup.
"That day has been the highlight and it is something which will stay with me forever.
"But it's time to move on now, I feel I need a fresh challenge."
Buaben added: "I have nothing concrete yet. My agent is speaking to a few people but we will just wait and see what happens."
Craig Conway, Morgaro Gomis and David Robertson will also say their farewells.
Manager Jim Jefferies hopes his injury-ravaged Hearts side are able to prove they are the third best team in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League by winning.
Hearts travel to Tannadice with an unassailable five-point lead over fourth-placed Dundee United and Jefferies hopes to reward the fans who were denied the opportunity to celebrate their team's success after Neil Lennon was attacked at Tynecastle on Wednesday night.
Jefferies said: "The players had hoped to get round the pitch and receive acclaim for what has been a very good season.
"I think it overshadowed the fact we've had a terrific season.
"The fans are going up there wanting to see us win and we're playing against a very good side.
"We now go into the last game and try to finish it off with a win."
The capital club once held a substantial advantage in the race for third place, but one win in 11 games - six of which were drawn - saw their lead over United cut.
Jefferies added: "We were always in the driving seat and what has made it a wee bit frustrating was the fact we had a chance to clinch it (third place) earlier.
"But it doesn't matter when you clinch it."
Jefferies believes a large reason for Hearts' third-place finish is their performances away from home, with nine wins and four draws from 18 games.
He added: "We didn't lose a lot of games. We only lost away this year to Dundee United out with the Old Firm and a lot of those results were wins."
Jefferies attributed the recent stuttering form to injuries, with David Templeton (hamstring), Andrew Driver (hernia), Suso Santana (knee), Calum Elliot (knee) and Kevin Kyle (hip) all out.
Adrian Mrowiec (thigh), Andy Webster (groin), Lee Wallace (ankle), Jason Thomson (hamstring) and Ruben Palazuelos (illness), meanwhile, are doubtful.
And Jefferies may be forced to select a young team to play United.
He added: "I've got to consider which players will be available.
"I was going to maybe give a couple of younger players in the squad a wee run, but you still want to win the game."
United break Hearts
Dundee United ended the season on a positive note with a 2-1 win over Hearts.
With the Jambos and the Tangerines already confirmed in third and fourth places respectively, there was little more than pride to play for in this clash at Tannadice.
David Goodwillie opened the scoring after 22 minutes when he bundled the ball home from close range but Gary Glen stooped to nod home a David Templeton cross nine minutes later.
Jon Daly scored what proved to be the winner after 71 minutes when he seized upon an Ismael Bouzid error to lash the ball past Marian Kello from the edge of the area.
United gave starts to Craig Conway, Prince Buaben and Morgaro Gomis who are all set to leave in the summer.
Captain Jon Daly and defenders Mihael Kovacevic and Sean Dillon both started at the expense of David Robertson, Scott Robertson and Garry Kenneth, while Keith Watson was absent after having a hernia operation on Thursday.
Hearts made six changes from the team that lost 3-0 to Celtic midweek with David Obua missing through suspension following his dismissal against the Hoops, while Marius Zaliukas, Ian Black, Ryan Stevenson, Rudi Skacel and Stephen Elliott were also left out.
In their place came Darren Barr, Ruben Palazuelos, Andy Driver, Templeton, Glen and Scott Robinson to give the visitors a youthful look.
Both teams made a bright start to the match with an inviting cross by Hearts winger Driver headed clear by Dillon before Paul Dixon crossed for Daly at the other end but the Irish striker headed well wide.
United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis comfortably stopped a well-struck volley by Hearts captain Eggert Jonsson after eight minutes before Hearts' custodian Marian Kello made an even better stop by clawing away Goodwillie's close-range goalbound volley.
The visitors were forced to make an early change after 21 minutes when Driver was replaced by Jason Thomson.
And within a minute United took the lead when Conway's cross was turned home from five yards out by Goodwillie.
Hearts had a chance to restore parity before the half-hour mark when Robinson was fouled on the edge of the area by Dillon but Pernis was equal to Craig Thomson's curling free-kick.
However, the visitors did get back on level terms with 31 minutes gone when Glen stooped to head home a cross from the lively Templeton.
The game continued to ebb and flow with Craig Thomson and Conway both going agonisingly close with powerful long-range drives.
United had a strong penalty appeal waved away before the break when substitute Jason Thomson looked to have pulled back Daly as he tried to connect with a Conway cross.
The hosts almost made the perfect start to the second period when Kovacevic made a neat exchange of passes with Goodwillie but the Swiss defender's effort was pushed away by Kello.
The United pressure continued with Goodwillie beating the offside trap to collect an intelligent pass from Gomis but the striker shot wide from an acute angle.
Buaben was next to try his luck but the Ghanaian midfielder failed to keep his shot from the edge of the area under the crossbar.
United got the goal their play deserved after 71 minutes when Daly pounced on a loose header from Bouzid to rifle the ball into the net from 20 yards.
Hearts searched for an equaliser but Jonsson and Templeton were both denied by Pernis in the closing stages as United held on for all three points.
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