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Willo Flood decides to take the corner short.
Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Mehdi Taouil results in a free kick. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Gary Mackay-Steven concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Hamill. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Gary Mackay-Steven is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Richie Ryan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Robertson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Suso Santana on Gary Mackay-Steven. Booking for Suso Santana for unsporting behaviour. Barry Douglas crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Gavin Gunning misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, Gavin Gunning finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Hearts 0-2 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from Gary Mackay-Steven.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jamie Hamill, save by Dusan Pernis.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Darren Barr takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Scott Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Rankin. Barry Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by John Rankin missed to the left of the net.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning by Rudi Skacel. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Andrew Driver is ruled offside. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Driver joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Obua.
Stuart Armstrong concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Elliott. Jamie Hamill delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Foul by Robbie Neilson on Scott Robinson, free kick awarded. Robbie Neilson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Suso Santana on Gary Mackay-Steven. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas. (Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Stuart Armstrong coming on for Johnny Russell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Gary Mackay-Steven. Direct free kick taken by Scott Robinson.
Ryan McGowan fouled by Jon Daly, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Willo Flood results in a free kick. Booking for Willo Flood. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Gavin Gunning.
Barry Douglas concedes a free kick for a foul on Rudi Skacel. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
Effort on goal by David Obua from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, clearance by John Rankin.
The offside flag is raised against Gary Mackay-Steven. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Daniel Grainger concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Neilson. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Jamie Hamill. Direct free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Rudi Skacel. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Douglas, Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Obua. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, clearance by Jon Daly.
Jamie Hamill challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas, Jon Daly finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Hearts 0-1 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Barry Douglas.
Ryan McGowan is brought on as a substitute for Ian Black.
Darren Barr challenges Jon Daly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Douglas crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
The official flags Jon Daly offside. Marius Zaliukas takes the indirect free kick.
Shot by Johnny Russell from outside the box goes over the net.
Shot by Ian Black from 25 yards. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Stephen Elliott fouled by Sean Dillon, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Black takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Daly on Daniel Grainger. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
Shot from long distance by Ian Black goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ian Black, Jon Daly manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Mackay-Steven, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood from the right by-line, Gavin Gunning takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
Darren Barr concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Russell. Darren Barr is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Willo Flood, clearance made by Marius Zaliukas.
Jamie Hamill is penalised for a handball. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ian Black. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
Short corner taken by Ian Black. Scott Robinson takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Rudi Skacel takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save.
Beattie in line for Jambos bow
Striker Craig Beattie could make his Hearts debut in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting with Dundee United after signing until the end of the season.
Defender Andy Webster is suspended, winger David Templeton (groin) is out and forward Suso Santana missed the loss at Motherwell and could be absent again.
Right-back Jamie Hamill is available again following suspension, but goalkeeper Marian Kello remains unavailable due to a dispute with the club's board and striker Kevin Kyle (hip) is a long-term absentee.
Manager Paulo Sergio is determined Hearts hold on to their place in the top six despite a poor recent run.
They have one win in six - the extra-time defeat of St Johnstone in the William Hill Scottish Cup which saw them advance to the quarter-finals - and trail third-placed Motherwell by 12 points.
Sergio said: "It's a very hard season for us. We lost a few players in January and we have different solutions now.
"Because of that I'm always saying that nobody can have an expectation that this team will finish third or fourth.
"Of course my goal in the league right now is to keep the team in the first six. It's my major goal at this moment - and of course the Scottish Cup.
"It's now my priority and we know it's going to be a fight to achieve that.
"There are other teams that improve a lot their squads in January and they're getting closer because we didn't get the results we wanted in the last games in the league."
United will welcome back Garry Kenneth from injury.
The defender has been out for three weeks with a groin strain but has stepped up his training so will come back into the squad.
He is also likely to be joined by Danny Swanson, who is over a recent knee injury so is expected to make the group, but long-term absentees Scott Severin (knee) and Felipe Mentel (knee) are out.
Boss Peter Houston has challenged stand-in left-back Barry Douglas to stake a claim for a place in his team.
The former Queen's Park player will replace the suspended Paul Dixon and Houston admits Douglas has been unfortunate to miss out so often this year.
He said: "I feel a bit sorry for him because he trains well and has been doing really well.
"He must have been wondering when he was going to get a chance again.
"I have told him that he would have to be patient so this is maybe an opportunity for him to make an impact again."
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.
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