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Liam Miller challenges Daniel Swanson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
Victor Palsson takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Liam Miller takes the outswinging corner, Matt Thornhill takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Short corner worked by Liam Miller.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Miller from the right by-line, clearance by Jon Daly.
Matt Thornhill produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Scott Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Darryl Duffy. Callum Booth crosses the ball in from the free kick, Keith Watson makes a clearance.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Stuart Armstrong coming on for Prince Buaben.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Miller from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Prince Buaben.
Daniel Swanson comes on in place of Craig Conway. Craig Conway is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
Johnny Russell grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-0 Hibernian.
Johnny Russell takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
Craig Conway takes a inswinging corner.
Jon Daly is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Liam Miller from the left by-line played to the near post, free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Hanlon on Sean Dillon. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
Garry Kenneth challenges Darryl Duffy unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Wotherspoon produces a cross, Martin Scott takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Prince Buaben goes into the referee's book. Martin Scott booked. Prince Buaben handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by David Wotherspoon from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Victor Palsson by Craig Conway results in a free kick. Martin Scott takes the free kick.
Johnny Russell replaces David Goodwillie. Colin Nish goes off and Matt Thornhill comes on. Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on Sean Dillon. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Conway. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jon Daly. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Garry Kenneth fouled by Colin Nish, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Jon Daly is ruled offside. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line.
Darryl Duffy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Prince Buaben. Barry Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Liam Miller, Francis Dickoh challenges Garry Kenneth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Liam Miller takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Prince Buaben.
Kurtis Byrne comes on in place of Daniel Galbraith. Darryl Duffy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Richie Towell. Martin Scott fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Scott takes the direct free kick.
Shot from inside the area by David Robertson clears the bar.
Prince Buaben has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Foul by Martin Scott on Prince Buaben, free kick awarded. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
Craig Conway finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-0 Hibernian.David Goodwillie provided the assist for the goal.
Shot on goal by David Goodwillie from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee blows for offside against David Goodwillie. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
Scott Robertson has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken by Liam Miller.
The official flags Craig Conway offside. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Goodwillie. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
David Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Scott. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Unfair challenge on Colin Nish by Prince Buaben results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Liam Miller, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Colin Nish misses to the right of the target.
Jon Daly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Effort from deep inside the area by Garry Kenneth clears the bar.
David Goodwillie is ruled offside. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Miller on Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Craig Conway delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Jon Daly misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Scott on Craig Conway. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Conway, clearance made by Martin Scott.
The referee penalises Daniel Galbraith for handball. Barry Douglas delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Callum Booth makes a clearance.
Header from deep inside the area by Colin Nish goes over the bar.
Scott Robertson fouled by Colin Nish, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
Jon Daly finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian.David Robertson provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Sean Dillon by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Shot from deep inside the area by Daniel Galbraith goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish by Garry Kenneth. Paul Hanlon takes the direct free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Sean Dillon clears the crossbar.
Foul by David Wotherspoon on Barry Douglas, free kick awarded. Craig Conway delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Francis Dickoh.
Effort from long distance by Richie Towell goes wide right of the goal.
David Wotherspoon produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area and strikes the post.
The ball is swung over by Craig Conway, Close range effort by David Robertson clears the crossbar.
Foul by Martin Scott on David Robertson, free kick awarded. Barry Douglas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Graeme Smith.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Watson by Colin Nish. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick.
Houston aiming for quick start
Dundee United boss Peter Houston has called on his players to open Sunday's game against Hibs the way they have been finishing matches.
The Tangerines have scored in the final three minutes of games a remarkable six times in a row throughout recent weeks, but it has only been to scrape draws after losing the opening goal.
Houston knows the value of scoring first in the SPL and with freefalling Hibs heading to Tannadice this weekend, the United manager wants his players to flip their form on its head.
He said: "What I'd like us to do is start matches like we have been finishing them. If we can do that then we'll start turning draws into wins.
"The first goal is very important and we have found at our cost that we've had to chase games.
"It would be nice to get back to scoring the first goal. I have been delighted with the players' desire and fitness levels.
"If you are not in top condition then there's no way you could score late goals like we have in the last six matches.
"But we have been making it hard for ourselves by losing goals and having to chase games.
"We are back at Tannadice again and we want to improve our home form.
"It has been a stop-start season with injuries and the call-offs but we've got a run of games and the aim is to get up the table.
"I'd be worried if the boys were not working hard but they have been doing their pan in."
United will welcome back Jon Daly and Scott Robertson after bans but have a doubt over Morgaro Gomis after he limped out of training.
Hibernian are seeking to end a woeful run of form which has seen them fail to score in six games - and manager Colin Calderwood hopes he has found a solution.
The signings of midfielders Martin Scott, Matt Thornhill and Victor Palsson - the latter arriving until the end of the season from Liverpool on Friday - and full-back Richie Towell suggests Calderwood has an issue with the supply to his forwards, rather than the forwards themselves.
Scoring - or rather lack of it - is a long-standing problem for Hibs, who have a record of two wins and 11 losses in 16 games since Calderwood was appointed as John Hughes' successor in October.
Hibs are without a victory since defeating Motherwell on November 13 and will hope to end a winless run of 11 matches at Tannadice.
First, though, Hibs will have to score - something they have failed to do since drawing 2-2 with United on December 29.
Keeping a clean sheet has also been an issue, something Hibs have failed to do since November 27.
Calderwood said: "We've had too long without a goal, so we're ready for one. We've missed chances. We've got to give ourselves a better chance but not conceding.
"We've got to find a way of creating the chances and making sure we have enough opportunities to score a goal.
"We've had numerous set plays and we've got to become more effective in them as well."
Hibs could travel to Tayside without Merouane Zemmama, who Calderwood confirmed is in talks with Middlesbrough over a possible move.
United heap more misery on Hibs
Early goals in each half helped Dundee United secure a 3-0 victory which stretched Hibs' woeful run without a victory to 12 matches.
Tannadice skipper Jon Daly gave his side a 13th-minute breakthrough and a second on the counter-attack from Craig Conway only three minutes after the interval clinched the win before substitute Johnny Russell put the icing on the cake with a late third.
The defeat leaves Colin Calderwood's outfit with only three victories in 17 games during his sorry tenure.
Now without a goal in seven outings, the Easter Road men lie in 11th spot, precariously just two points above bottom side Hamilton.
Calderwood handed debuts to new signings Martin Scott, who joined from Ross County this week, and Liverpool youngster Victor Palsson as he made four changes in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to find a solution to his team's dire sequence without a victory.
United counterpart Peter Houston made three key switches of his own, with skipper Daly and Scott Robertson returning from suspension and David Robertson earning a start.
United were afforded the first sniff of the goal after just three minutes as the Hibs defence was caught flat-footed by Conway's deep cross from the left flank - and it was a theme that was to continue throughout the 90 minutes.
However, on this occasion, David Robertson, stealing in on the blind side of Callum Booth, could not control his volley enough to get it on target.
Hibs midfielder Liam Miller then had two chances to give the visitors the goal they had not managed in six previous games in 2011.
The former Manchester United and Celtic player had a 25-yard drive blocked before, in the next attack, he hit the side netting following a turn at the apex of the six-yard box.
The Easter Road men then spurned a golden opportunity to make the breakthrough after only 10 minutes.
Paul Hanlon's free-kick was headed on by Colin Nish but Danny Galbraith blasted his volley over from eight yards out when he should have scored.
That miss proved costly when United broke the deadlock just three minutes later.
A long cross-field pass was knocked into the box by Keith Watson and flicked on by David Robertson to allow Daly to bundle his shot past Graeme Smith in the Hibs goal.
Daly had a second chance in the 25th minute but his header from Conway's cross slipped wastefully wide.
United continued to cause Hibs problems with seemingly routine crosses into the box but, although the Tannadice outfit continued to enjoy the upper hand, Hibs did manage to work their way into a number of promising situations.
However, too frequently the final ball lacked accuracy or, as in Nish's header from Miller's free-kick, the end product was also missing.
Given the Edinburgh side's lack of goals since the turn of the year, the second in this match was always going to be crucial.
United almost grabbed it five minutes from the interval but Scott Robertson flashed his drive from the edge of the area past Smith's right-hand post.
And only three minutes into the half they finally doubled their lead with the simplest of goals.
David Goodwillie's pass over the top caught the Hibs defence sleeping and Conway raced away from the covering Francis Dickoh to fire a superb effort beyond Smith's despairing dive from just inside the box.
Hibs almost quickly grabbed a lifeline six minutes later as United defender Garry Kenneth gifted possession to the visitors.
Scott fed David Wotherspoon midway inside the home half but after working his way into the box the midfielder saw his shot blocked by keeper Dusan Pernis.
But there should have been no way back for Hibs in the 63rd minute as United wasted a golden opportunity to add a third.
Goodwillie exposed a gaping hole at the centre of the visitors' defence with a perfect pass to David Robertson but the midfielder blasted high over the bar when he should have scored.
Hibs boss Calderwood threw on strikers Darryl Duffy and Kurtis Byrne and handed new recruit Matt Thornhill his debut with a last throw of the dice 18 minutes from time, but it was difficult to see where the inspiration for a late comeback would come from.
And, with only 10 minutes remaining, United showed the visitors the way to goal as they clinched a comfortable win with a third.
Hibs somehow survived an almighty goalmouth scramble following Conway's corner but, when the ball was returned by the winger, Russell knocked home after Smith had initially saved the substitute's header.
Thornhill and Palsson brought saves from Pernis as Hibs finished the match on the attack but they could not even find a morale-boosting late consolation.
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