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Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Mackay-Steven.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Palsson on Gary Mackay-Steven. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
Victor Palsson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Scott Allan coming on for Johnny Russell.
Ian Murray is brought on as a substitute for Ivan Sproule.
Jon Daly finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-1 Hibernian.The assist for the goal came from John Rankin.
Foul by Ivan Sproule on Stuart Armstrong, free kick awarded. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.
Garry Kenneth on for Robbie Neilson.
David Wotherspoon takes the inswinging corner, Jon Daly manages to make a clearance.
Daniel Galbraith takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Akpo Sodje replaces Martin Scott.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leigh Griffiths, Header from close range by Paul Hanlon misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon, Jon Daly grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Dundee Utd 2-1 Hibernian.Assist on the goal came from Paul Dixon.
Corner taken by Ivan Sproule, clearance made by Johnny Russell.
(Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Daniel Galbraith coming on for Michael Hart.
Lewis Stevenson is booked.
Johnny Russell produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Corner taken right-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, save by Graham Stack.
Corner taken right-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven. Martin Scott goes into the referee's book.
Johnny Russell fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-1 Hibernian.Stuart Armstrong provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line, clearance by Robbie Neilson.
Leigh Griffiths receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Sean Dillon is given a yellow card.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, Graham Stack makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, clearance made by David Stephens.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Dillon by Leigh Griffiths. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
Gavin Gunning takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
Gary Mackay-Steven takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Sean O'Hanlon.
Jon Daly is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Stephens delivers the ball, Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Gary Mackay-Steven is ruled offside. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.
Gavin Gunning concedes a free kick for a foul on Leigh Griffiths. Free kick taken by Sean O'Hanlon.
Inswinging corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line, clearance by Robbie Neilson.
Unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Sean Dillon results in a free kick. Leigh Griffiths restarts play with the free kick.
Johnny Russell has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Leigh Griffiths gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Hibernian.Assist by Martin Scott.
Foul by Sean Dillon on Martin Scott, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Martin Scott.
Robbie Neilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Scott. Free kick taken by David Wotherspoon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Lewis Stevenson. Direct free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, Scott Robertson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Sproule by Stuart Armstrong. David Wotherspoon delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Effort on goal by Stuart Armstrong from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Houston calls for improved performances
Manager Peter Houston has called on his Dundee United side to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch throughout the forthcoming festive fixtures.
United tackle Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday seeking a victory which may take them into the top six.
In their last seven games, United's two losses have come against Rangers and Celtic, while they have had wins over Dunfermline, Hearts and Inverness and draws at Motherwell and Kilmarnock.
Houston's side kept two clean-sheets in that time and he is eager for improved displays in defence and attack.
"It's down to us to shut the door at the back," Houston said.
"Hopefully we'll convert some of the chances that we are creating - I'd be worried if we weren't creating chances.
"I'm delighted with the players' effort and application and some of the play was outstanding last week. I'll be looking for the same again."
Last week's 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock was secured by left-back Paul Dixon's stoppage-time equaliser.
Houston praised the contribution of the defender, who also scored in the 4-1 win at Dunfermline.
He said: "Dixon's a forward-thinking player. He likes to get forward and he proved against Dunfermline recently he's got a shot on him.
"He showed great courage and conviction going past the guy and rifling it into the bottom corner.
"You can't ask for more than that."
Hibs drew 3-3 with United at Easter Road earlier this season, but Pat Fenlon has been installed as manager of the Edinburgh club since then.
While hoping for a meaner defence and attack, Houston is most concerned about victory.
He said: "As long as we win I don't care how many goals there are. That's all we want in a home match, to try to win the game.
"It will be very difficult because Hibs are a good side, they've got good players and they've got a new manager who will be good for them, given time."
United's Irish defender Sean Dillon played under Fenlon at Shelbourne, but Houston admits his knowledge of the new Hibs boss is limited.
"I don't know an awful lot about him, other than his good record in Ireland," Houston said.
United again have an unchanged squad. Midfielder Scott Robertson should be fit despite a bout of illness this week.
Danny Swanson (knee) is set to return to training next week while utility man Scott Severin (broken leg) remains out.
Manager Pat Fenlon hopes to keep Leigh Griffiths at Easter Road, but today admitted Hibernian are unlikely to stump up a fee to recruit the on-loan striker from his parent club Wolves.
On Friday Fenlon unveiled his first signing, striker Eoin Doyle, who was recruited after leaving Sligo Rovers.
Griffiths, though, could depart, returning to Molineux in January at the expiration of his loan deal, unless Fenlon and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy can reach a compromise in negotiations.
Fenlon said: "We are talking to them at the moment.
"We spoke to Mick. I think they're of the opinion if they could sell him, they probably would.
"We're of the opinion we'd like to keep him on loan. I don't think we're in a position to (pay a fee).
"It's really between the two clubs at the moment. I've spoken to Mick and we'll just have to wait and see."
Griffiths is available again after serving a one-match ban for making a gesture to Rangers fans, which caused him to miss the 1-0 loss to Aberdeen.
The result means Fenlon travels to Tannadice still searching for his first win as Hibs boss following the abandoned match at Motherwell, and the defeats to Rangers and Aberdeen, despite strong performances.
Fenlon added: "Luck goes against you at times. I firmly believe if you keep working hard you will turn that around.
"We are where we are and there's not a lot we can do about it, bar win games and get ourselves up the table.
"I think we've played all right. If we can give that commitment, effort, a little bit more quality and a little bit of luck we should be able to pick something up."
Leigh Griffiths is available again. Griffiths served a one-match ban for making a gesture to Rangers fans, while his fellow striker Garry O'Connor should be able to continue after playing against Aberdeen despite a toe injury.
Midfielder Isaiah Osbourne remains out with an abductor injury, but captain Ian Murray remains in consideration after being an unused substitute at Pittodrie following a hip complaint.
Daly at the double
Dundee United captain Jon Daly scored twice as his side came from behind to beat Hibernian 3-1 at Tannadice.
On-loan Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths had given Hibs hope of a first win under new boss Pat Fenlon when he opened the scoring after 24 minutes but United dominated the second half and scored a deserved equaliser through Russell after 59 minutes.
Daly nodded home Paul Dixon's cross with 76 minutes gone before slotting home his second with only two minutes left as United moved into the top six of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Griffiths returned to the Hibernian starting line-up after missing the 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen after being given a one-match ban for making a gesture to Rangers fans.
Garry O'Connor was a notable absentee for the visitors after picking up a toe injury in the defeat at Pittodrie, while Icelandic midfielder Victor Palsson came in for Danny Galbraith.
New signing Eoin Doyle sat out the match as he is not eligible to make his debut until the January 2 derby clash against Hearts.
Dundee United were unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 with Kilmarnock last weekend with midfielder Scott Allan, who looks set to leave for West Brom in January, handed a place on the bench.
The match started at a lively pace with Johnny Russell firing over from the edge of the box in the opening minute before Ivan Sproule ended a darting run at the other end with a low drive into the side-netting three minutes later.
The hosts were next to carve out an opening after 14 minutes when left-back Paul Dixon floated an inviting ball to the back post but Daly was unable to apply the finishing touch.
Martin Scott showed great agility to take the ball on the chest and fire a volleyed pass across goal into the direction of his strike partner Griffiths, but the former Dundee attacker was inches away from connecting.
However, the duo combined to great effect after 24 minutes when Griffiths raced onto Scott's lofted pass and volleyed the ball calmly past Dusan Pernis to open the scoring.
United almost got back on level terms after 31 minutes when John Rankin and Daly combined to set up Russell who skipped past Paul Hanlon before slotting the ball just past the post.
The visitors almost increased their advantage three minutes before the break but Pernis produced a wonderful save to deny a Griffiths header.
United came out for the second half eager to get back on level terms with Gavin Gunning testing Graham Stack from distance before Scott Robertson was denied by a fine save after 52 minutes.
And the equaliser arrived after 59 minutes when Gary Mackay-Steven slalomed past a couple of Hibernian defenders before finding Stuart Armstrong on the edge of the box. He neatly played the ball into the path of Russell, who rounded Stack before tapping the ball into the unguarded net.
Peter Houston's men continued to dominate, with Dixon finding Russell unmarked 20 yards out but the striker's left-foot volley flew wildly over the top.
And United gained the advantage with under 15 minutes left as Daly rose highest to head home Dixon's enticing delivery.
The visitors came painfully close to getting back on level terms in the closing stages when Hanlon headed just past the post from a Griffiths corner, before Pernis somehow managed to keep out a low drilled effort from substitute Galbraith.
And Daly made sure of all three points when he beat the Hibs offside trap to race onto a Rankin header and slot the ball home with two minutes remaining.
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