Scottish Championship
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Dundee United 1-0 Hibernian

Dundee United players celebrate
Tony Andreu is mobbed by team-mates after his penalty gives Dundee United the lead

Tony Andreu's second-half penalty took Dundee United level on points with Championship leaders Hibernian, who missed a spot-kick at Tannadice.

Cammy Bell pushed away a poor effort from Martin Boyle, who had been tripped by Lewis Toshney on 55 minutes.

A strong run from United substitute Simon Murray was then halted by a Liam Fontaine foul.

Andreu, the pick of the players in a scrappy, high-octane match, coolly slotted home.

The win stretches United's unbeaten run to 11 games, while Hibs slipped to their first away defeat of the season.

The first half was high on energy with play swinging from end to end, but while Hibs enjoyed more possession it was the home side who looked the sharper.

On-loan Norwich City striker Andreu was the focal point for United's best moments, and it was appropriate he should eventually improve his impressive scoring record to nine goals in 13 games.

Luckily for the visitors, Andreu's efforts were imaginative ones from distance in the first half and they lacked the direction to trouble Ofir Marciano until the decisive penalty.

That came when Murray galloped from halfway to deep inside the Hibs box only to be barged over by Fontaine, with Andreu sending Marciano the wrong way.

Martin Boyle (left)
Martin Boyle's (left) penalty is saved by Dundee United goalkeeper Cammy Bell

Boyle's pace up front carried Hibs' best hopes for a breakthrough before the interval but he lacked the confidence to exploit his best opportunity when sent clear by Mark Durnan's nervy pass-back.

It was quite a night for Boyle and not one he will want to remember as a game that was always simmering exploded into action when he was upended by a stretching Toshney.

Team-mate Grant Holt appeared to think he should take the penalty, reacting angrily before Boyle stepped up to hit a low and weak effort that was easily stopped.

Holt's evident frustration spilled over into an incident with Willo Flood that saw both booked for a spot of wrestling and a few others lucky not to suffer the same fate.

Boyle was replaced by Jason Cummings shortly afterwards, with Bell making a fine save at near post to keep out a deft touch from Andrew Shinnie.

Hibs, in the absence of injured midfielders John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie, lacked composure and penetration in that key area and failed to test Bell again after falling behind on 73 minutes.

What the managers said

Dundee United's Ray McKinnon: "I thought the players were terrific from start to finish. It's a great three points that keeps the momentum going.

"Cammy Bell has been outstanding for us. He has saved a lot of penalties already this season so we had every confidence. Fair play to Simon Murray as I never started him but he came on chased down the ball and won our winning penalty - he gave us a bit of a spark.

"We were very fragmented at the start of the season but we got players like William Edjenguele and Tony Andreu in who have made a huge difference.

"I always felt we would be better come the turn of the year and hopefully we can get one or two more players in when the transfer window opens to make sure we stay up at the top."

Hibernian's Neil Lennon: "The result is disappointing. I didn't think we played as well as could first half but I thought we were very good second half and the game hinged on two moments.

"If we score our penalty, we go on to win the game as we defended pretty well.

"Martin was always the designated penalty-taker. Holty missed the last one and Martin was down for the Queen of the South game and I put the instruction on for him to take it. He normally hits them well but he didn't hit it cleanly and it was a poor penalty.

"We'll go back to work over the weekend and see if we can bring some players in as we are a little bit depleted at the minute."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 24Robson
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 4Durnan
  • 6ToshneyBooked at 79mins
  • 12Telfer
  • 16FloodBooked at 56mins
  • 10FraserBooked at 53mins
  • 19AndreuSubstituted forSmithat 90+4'minutes
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forMurdochat 82'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 23van der VeldenSubstituted forMurrayat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 5Donaldson
  • 8Murdoch
  • 9Murray
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 15Smith
  • 21Zwick

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 16Stevenson
  • 5FontaineBooked at 72minsSubstituted forEardleyat 89'minutes
  • 4Hanlon
  • 24McGregor
  • 2Gray
  • 22Shinnie
  • 6BartleySubstituted forGrahamat 82'minutes
  • 10McGeouch
  • 9HoltBooked at 56mins
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forCummingsat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 23Forster
  • 26Eardley
  • 29Graham
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 35Cummings
  • 43Crane
  • 48Martin
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
10,925

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Hibernian 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Tony Andreu.

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Neal Eardley replaces Liam Fontaine.

Booking

Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Stewart Murdoch replaces Blair Spittal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brian Graham replaces Marvin Bartley.

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Blair Spittal (Dundee United).

Booking

Lewis Toshney (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Toshney (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Willo Flood.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Hibernian 0. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Dundee United. Simon Murray draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Blair Spittal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Nick van der Velden.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Martin Boyle.

David Gray (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nick van der Velden (Dundee United).

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian159422681831
2Dundee Utd1594224121231
3Morton146532115623
4Raith Rovers146531914523
5Falkirk146441815322
6Queen of Sth135351519-418
7Ayr144371221-915
8Dunfermline143381624-812
9Dumbarton142571220-811
10St Mirren130491025-154
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