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  • Date:31 Jul 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Tynecastle Stadium
  • Attendance:13,821

Live Commentary


Garry Kenneth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.


Keith Watson fouled by Arvydas Novikovas, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.


Johnny Russell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.


Marius Zaliukas fouled by Barry Douglas, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right wing, Johnny Russell manages to make a clearance.


Barry Douglas concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Black. Ian Black takes the free kick.


The offside flag is raised against Jon Daly. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.


Barry Douglas replaces Scott Allan.


Corner taken by Daniel Grainger.


Foul by Daniel Grainger on Willo Flood, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.


John Sutton leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Stevenson.


Scott Robertson is brought on as a substitute for Scott Severin.


Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood from the right by-line, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.


Effort from outside the penalty area by Rudi Skacel goes wide left of the target.


Stephen Elliott goes off and Arvydas Novikovas comes on. Rudi Skacel joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adrian Mrowiec.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Willo Flood.


David Templeton takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.


Corner from left by-line taken by Willo Flood.


Foul by Keith Watson on David Templeton, free kick awarded. Ian Black delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Garry Kenneth.


Shot on goal by Stephen Elliott from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.


Shot from just outside the area by Johnny Russell misses to the right of the target.


Unfair challenge on Scott Severin by Daniel Grainger results in a free kick. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.


Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood, clearance by David Obua.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, Jon Daly manages to make a clearance.


Foul by Willo Flood on Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded. Willo Flood goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. David Templeton fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.


Foul by David Templeton on Willo Flood, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Scott Allan.


Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on Johnny Russell. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.


Unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Johnny Russell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.


Corner from right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger.


Shot by Stephen Elliott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.


Corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line, Jon Daly grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Hearts 0-1 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Willo Flood.


A cross is delivered by Paul Dixon, Shot from 12 yards from Jon Daly. Save made by Marian Kello.


Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance by Jon Daly.


Corner taken by Willo Flood, John Rankin challenges Stephen Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marian Kello takes the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Garry Kenneth.


The official flags Johnny Russell offside. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.


Scott Allan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.


Ian Black challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.


The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, John Sutton has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.


Daniel Grainger sends in a cross, Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Allan by Ryan McGowan. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood, Marian Kello makes a save.


Jon Daly is ruled offside. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Adrian Mrowiec. John Rankin has a direct shot on goal from the free kick,


Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Paul Dixon.


Shot by David Obua from just outside the area goes over the net.


Daniel Grainger fouled by Willo Flood, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance made by Scott Severin.


Scott Allan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.


Effort on goal by John Rankin from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

Match Preview

Jefferies urges Hearts to build on Rangers draw Hearts manager Jim Jefferies has told his side to build on their display against defending champions Rangers in Sunday`s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United. The Jambos host United at Tynecastle after drawing 1-1 at Ibrox last weekend and 1-1 in their Europa League third qualifying round first-leg fixture with Paks on Thursday night. Jefferies told Hearts' official matchday programme: "The secret is if you pick up points against the Old Firm then you have to handle everybody else right. "United had a tremendous season last time and pushed us close for third place. "They have lost one or two (players) but have recruited well, a bit like ourselves, and this is going to be another tough match. "We are coming into the game off the back of a European tie in Hungary which is never easy but we just have to handle it. "United might have been in the same boat but were unfortunate to go out to a decent side. "This will be another tight match and both teams will be eager to put on a good show. "Hopefully we can follow up the good work from Ibrox and take another confidence boost by producing most of the form we showed against Rangers." David Obua scored as Hearts took a first-half lead at Rangers, who levelled in the second half to deny the capital club all three points. Obua's goal came from a Danny Grainger corner and the Ugandan revealed he was acting under the instructions of Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello. Obua said: "We were trying to find a way of beating the zonal marking and Marian told me I should take up the position I scored from. He insisted it was a good position to come in from and attack the ball and to be fair to him that is what happened. "It was great to see it go in and while we could have won the game I'm pleased we got a point in the end." Meanwhile, striker Kevin Kyle, who has been out since January with groin/hip problems, is targeting a return in the August 28 Edinburgh derby with Hibernian. He said: "I've pencilled in a wee game against Hibernian at the end of August, so that would be ideal - perfect really - if I was back for that one. "If I could come on and do what I do best, score a last-minute winner, then I'm sure everybody would be happy with that and hopefully forget about the last six months." Dundee United midfielder John Rankin is relishing a return to Edinburgh and will view it as a compliment if he is the subject of abuse from Hearts fans at Tynecastle. Rankin joined United from Hearts' capital rivals Hibernian over the summer and anticipates he will be the subject of some colourful language from the home support. He told Press Association Sport: "I'm not really that fussed. If they dish out abuse or they don't, I'm not bothered. If you're getting abuse from the crowd you're always doing something right. "It will happen at Easter Road and Tynecastle. I'm not really bothered. I'm big enough and ugly enough now to realise it happens and how it comes about. "I'm looking forward to it as well. There's nothing wrong with a bit of banter on the football pitch. Tynecastle always is a hostile atmosphere. The boys are looking forward to it and getting going." Rankin has always enjoyed playing at Tynecastle, where United will seek a first win of the season and an end to Hearts' unbeaten start. He added: "It's always one of my favourite grounds. Everyone likes playing at Tynecastle. "It's got a great atmosphere and the crowd are on top of you. I'm looking forward to going back there. "It's just one of those grounds you're desperate to go and play at, a traditional Scottish ground. "It's always a difficult place to go at the best of times, but they're playing off the back of a great result and it's their first home game of the season so they'll be desperate to prove a point." Rankin was frozen out of first-team action at Hibs and is enjoying life at Tannadice. He added: "It's just nice to be back playing, to get that buzz again. "I just want to play as many games as I can. I didn't play much last year, that was a frustrating time. "I'm just enjoying my football and enjoying loving playing again."

Formation:442Manager: Jim Jefferies


Formation: 442Manager: Peter Houston

Dundee Utd

  • Marian Kello
  • Ryan McGowan
  • Marius Zaliukas
  • Adrian Mrowiec
  • Daniel Grainger
  • David Obua
  • Eggert Jonsson
  • Ian Black
  • David Templeton
  • John Sutton
  • Stephen Elliott
  • SUBS
  • Jamie MacDonald
  • Darren Barr
  • Ryan Stevenson
  • Arvydas Novikovas
  • Rudi Skacel
  • Gordon Smith
  • Scott Robinson



Match Report

United carry on regardless Dundee United defied the absence and expected permanent loss of David Goodwillie to claim a 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory over Hearts at Tynecastle. Goodwillie was missing after United agreed a fee with Blackburn for the 22-year-old striker, but the visitors put the potential departure of their talisman behind them when Jon Daly nodded in Willo Flood's 38th-minute corner. In a riveting contest between the teams who finished third and fourth in the SPL last term, John Rankin had earlier hit the bar with a free-kick for United, while Hearts had a number of opportunities themselves, with Stephen Elliott prodding wide after a neat turn soon after the hosts had gone behind. David Templeton was denied by goalkeeper Dusan Pernis in the second half as United showed they are more than a one-man team and there will be life after Goodwillie. Hearts perhaps paid the price for their Europa League qualifying excursion to Hungary, where they drew 1-1 with Paks, with manager Jim Jefferies opting for a solitary enforced change. The hosts started well and a Marius Zaliukas shot ricocheted off Elliott, who started in place of the suspended Jamie Hamill, and narrowly wide, before a Ryan McGowan long throw had to be flapped away by Pernis. The visitors had a good opportunity when they were awarded a free-kick after Adrian Mrowiec was adjudged to have impeded Rankin on the edge of the box. Referee Brian Winter immediately blew for the foul, but insisted it was outside the area despite the former Hibernian midfielder tumbling inside. Rankin struck the subsequent free-kick which beat Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello but came back off the bar. Pernis was soon called into action again at the other end, saving Elliott's effort from Danny Grainger's cross before John Sutton diverted another cross from the left narrowly wide. Kello was at full stretch to deny Daly as the United captain met Paul Dixon's left-wing cross with a first-time volley, but from the subsequent corner the Hearts goalkeeper was beaten. Flood's set-piece found Daly unmarked eight yards out and the striker headed United in front. Elliott had another opportunity after controlling Eggert Jonsson's drive before prodding off target when he perhaps should have done better as Hearts entered the interval behind. The hosts began the second half well as Grainger cut in off the left and shaped to shoot, only to be brought down by Flood. The United midfielder earned the game's first booking for the foul but the visitors escaped further punishment as Templeton curled the free-kick wide. Kello then saved from Scott Allan, making his first United start, after Hearts only half-cleared a Flood corner before the Hearts stopper held a Garry Kenneth header. United were causing Hearts trouble and Johnny Russell twisted before drilling a left-foot shot across goal and wide of the upright. Hearts soon had Pernis in action again as Templeton latched onto Sutton's flick-on from Kello's long ball forward before hitting a blistering drive which the United number one turned behind for a corner. Jefferies introduced the fit again Rudi Skacel and Arvydas Novikovas for Elliott and Mrowiec with 20 minutes remaining, seeking a fresh impetus. United replaced Scott Severin with Scott Robertson and Hearts pulled off Sutton for Ryan Stevenson as the changes continued before Grainger was booked following a challenge on Flood. Hearts kept the pressure on, but struggled to create chances. Kenneth recovered from a lapse in concentration to intercept a ball bound for Skacel, and Stevenson saw a hooked effort from a narrow angle go along the goalline as the United defence stood firm and the visitors celebrated victory.

Form Guide

  • Hearts
  • VS
  • Dundee Utd
  • D

Last Meetings

  • Dundee Utd
  • 2 - 1
  • Hearts
  • 15/05/2011
  • Dundee Utd
  • 2 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 16/03/2011
  • Hearts
  • 2 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 19/02/2011
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 29/08/2010
  • Hearts
  • 0 - 0
  • Dundee Utd
  • 05/05/2010
  • Dundee Utd
  • 1 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 07/03/2010

Top Scorers


  • D Obua 1

Dundee Utd

  • D Swanson 1



    • Total goals 2
    • Goals per game 1
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins

Dundee Utd

    • Total goals 2
    • Goals per game 1
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 61-70 mins