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Summary

  1. Boyle misses penalty for Hibs, Andreu scores from spot for United
  2. United now level on points with Championship leaders Hibs
  3. Dundee unbeaten in 11 games

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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FT: Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

That's all folks. Thanks for your company on a good night for Dundee United. The Terrors are now level on points with Hibs at the top of the Championship.

Ray McKinnon's side go to Ayr United next weekend, with Hibs at home to Dumbarton.

We'll be back tomorrow for a busy day in the Premiership, starting with the lunchtime kick-off at Fir Park, where Celtic are the visitors.

FT: Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Oh well, that settles the Hibs penalty debate. Not sure why Grant Holt was so angry at the spot-kick. Would that have unsettled Martin Boyle? Either way, there may well be someone else on penalty duty next week.

'Two big moments in the game'

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon on BBC Sportsound

"The result is disappointing. The game hinged on two moments. If we score the penalty, I think we go on and win the game.

"Martin (Boyle) was the designated penalty taker and he normally hits them well. Grant missed his last one.

"The game was pretty even but I thought we were the superior team in the second half."

United boss thrilled with victory

Dundee Utd manager Ray McKinnon on BBC Sportsound

"I thought the guys were fantastic start to finish and it keeps the momentum going.

"Cammy Bell has saved a few penalties this season and we had every confidence in him. Fair play to Simon Murray, he's got a great work ethic and understands it's a team effort. He was disappointed not to start but he came on and won us the game.

"At the start of the season we were fragmented but the squad has settled and we're delighted to be sitting top of the league with Hibs.

"We just need to keep moving forward and we could certainly do with one or two more in the January transfer window."

FT: Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

On balance, United probably deserved the win since they were marginally more menacing in the final third. But it could all of been so different if Martin Boyle had tucked away that second-half spot-kick. There might be an inquest in the away dressing room since it looked like Grant Holt was the designated penalty-taker.

"If I was Martin Boyle, I'd be staying out of Grant Holt's way," says BBC Sportsound pundit Simon Donnelly.

FULL-TIME Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Dundee United move level on points with Hibs at the top of the Championship thanks to Tony Andreu's penalty - and Martin Boyle's missed spot-kick.

Tony Andreu celebrates his ninth goal of the season for United
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Andreu celebrates his ninth goal of the season for United

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Cammy Smith will get some appearance money as he comes on to kill a few seconds. Goalscorer Tony Andreu trudges off from the far touchline.

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Hibs huffing and puffing and getting nowhere.

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

We'll get four minutes of stoppage time...

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Into the last minute. Hibs are knocking it long but United are holding firm without too much trouble.

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Stewart Murdoch makes his presence felt with a cynical trip on a galloping Andrew Shinnie. A booking for the United substitute. 

Hibs replace centre-half Liam Fontaine with full-back Neal Eardley.

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

A brief technical fault on the BBC Radio Scotland airwaves as Jason Cummings catches a sweet shot from 25 yards but it arrows straight into the arms of goalie Cammy Bell.

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Andrew Shinnie slides a lovely disguised pass into the path of Jason Cummings but Mark Durnan gets his considerable frame in the way as the Hibs striker pulls the trigger.

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Hibs remove holding midfielder Marvin Bartley and throw on lanky striker Brian Graham. Route One anyone?

United respond by introducing Stewart Murdoch, with Blair Spittal ambling off.

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Lewis Toshney is booked for an ugly tackle on Lewis Stevenson. He's lucky that he wasn't cautioned earlier when giving away the penalty Hibs missed. Not sure why he wasn't, come to think of it...

Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

The hosts have been enlivened by that goal and the pace of substitute Simon Murray. Hibs are looking flat.

GOAL Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian

Tony Andreu

That's how to take a penalty. Calmly slotted into the corner by Tony Andreu, with the keeper going the other way.

Tony Andreu scores
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PENALTY TO UNITED

Simon Murray drives into the penalty area and is stopped by Liam Fontaine - illegally says referee Bobby Madden. 

The Hibs defender is booked. He kind of stood on the ball and went through the back of Murray at the same time.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Andrew Shinnie dives in a corner for Paul Hanlon to meet at the back post but Mark Durnan gets in a good challenge on the Hibs defender to deny him a sight of goal.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Now United make a change up top, with Simon Murray on for Nick van der Velden.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

It's time for Jason Cummings and it's Martin Boyle being withdrawn after missing that penalty. It's not been a great 10 minutes for the departing forward.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

"Martin Boyle is an instinctive player and sometimes struggles if he has too long to think about things," says BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus.

GREAT SAVE!

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

The game is much improved now, although that really was a truly awful penalty. Hibs come close to taking the lead as Andrew Shinnie gets a lovely touch to David Gray's low cross and Cammy Bell shows great reflexes to keep it out at his near post.

Boiling over

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Grant Holt is still fuming about not taking that penalty as he gets into a wrestling match with Willo Flood, who is not really in his heavyweight division. Lots of other players get involved in the pushing and shoving and both men are finally booked.

MISSED PENALTY

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

A shocker from Martin Boyle! Low and weak is never a good combination and it's an easy save for Cammy Bell.

Grant Holt wanted to take that and does not look happy at all.

Martin Boyle is tripped
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Boyle won the penalty...
Martin Boyle missed the penalty
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Then made a mess of it

PENALTY TO HIBS

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Lewis Toshney lunges in as Martin Boyle speeds on to the ball and the Hibs man is clipped...

Good save!

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Charlie Telfer gets some welly behind a volley from 20 yards but it's pretty much straight at Ofir Marciano, who dives to beat it away.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Hibs launch a long free-kick into the home box and it's not cleared properly by Jamie Robson. The ball drops from a great height for Paul Hanlon to have a swing but William Edjenguele piles into a challenge and snuffs out the danger.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Grant Holt shows good strength to hold off a defender on the edge of the box and lays it off for Andrew Shinnie to have a pop. Four United players dive in and the Hibs man drags his effort wide.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

A long ball out of defence results in a chance for United as dozing Darren McGregor allows Nick van der Velden to stay onside. A couple of passes later and Charlie Telfer has a dig from 20 yards, with Ofir Marciano getting down to make his first real save of the evening.

KICK-OFF

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

We're off again as tardy referee Bobby Madden keeps the teams waiting. No changes for either side.

HT: Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

A draw is probably not bad for United either and maybe that's the problem. The danger is the longer it stays 0-0, the more likely the teams will be to settle for a point. Here's hoping I'm wrong.

Calling Cummings?

HT: Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

I guess a draw wouldn't be a bad result for table-toppers Hibs but manager Neil Lennon must be concerned by the lack of goal threat from his side. Will he introduce Jason Cummings?

The 21-year-old striker has been a bench-warmer for weeks now but remains the club's top scorer with eight goals in the first seven games of the season.

HALF-TIME Dundee Utd 1-1 Hibernian

Even at the break, with very little goalmouth action.

The hosts have had the better chances and Blair Spittal ought to have scored from close range, only to be denied by a very good Darren McGregor challenge.

Surely things will improve in the second half.

Dundee United's Willo Flood competes with Hibernian's Dylan McGeouch (left)
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Dundee United's Willo Flood competes with Hibernian's Dylan McGeouch (left)

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Tony Andreu finds room on the edge of the Hibs penalty box but can only hammer a first-time shot over the crossbar. The visitors cannot afford to keep giving him these chances. He's knocked in eight goals in 12 appearances for United since joining on loan from Norwich.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

The expression from United boss Ray McKinnon says it all...

He was a very tidy player in his day and must be exasperated by some of the shoddy stuff on show.

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon
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CLOSE!

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

The home side should be ahead. Tony Andreu, the best talent on show by a distance, has a low shot blocked and it falls to Blair Spittal six yards out. He's got to score but a lunging Darren McGregor gets the slightest touch on a rising shot and the ball flies over the top.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Another lapse in defensive judgement allows Martin Boyle a free run at goal but the Hibs forward takes a bad touch and Mark Durnan gets across to clear.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

Comic defending from Hibs as Paul Hanlon gifts the ball to Tony Andreu but United can't capitalise on the early Christmas gift as Nick van der Velden plays an equally rotten pass behind a team-mate on the edge of the penalty area.

Dundee Utd 0-0 Hibernian

The fans remain in good voice but we could do with more to shout about as a dreadful free-kick from Hibs midfielder Andrew Shinnie floats over everyone in a busy penalty box and out of play.

Hibs fans
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