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Dundee United 0-1 Heart of Midlothian

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Juanma
Juanma celebrates opening the scoring for Hearts

Mixu Paatelainen's reign as Dundee United manager began with a hot-tempered defeat by Hearts, courtesy of Juanma's early penalty at Tannadice.

The Spaniard struck from the spot after Blair Spittal felled Sam Nicholson.

The home side finished the game with 10 men as Spittal was shown his second yellow card of the game in stoppage time for another foul on Nicholson.

It was Hearts' first league victory since August, taking Robbie Neilson's side into third place.

The only goal came after 16 minutes, as Nicholson collected the ball on the left wing and cut inside the area, eluding the challenge of John Souttar.

Spittal bundled him to the ground leaving referee Kevin Clancy no option but to point to the spot.

Striker Juanma stepped up and dispatched the ball low into the right-hand corner of Luis Zwick's net.

The home side felt they also had strong claims for a penalty midway through the half, when Hearts' scorer had a tug on the shirt of Ryan McGowan as he attempted to challenge for the ball, but the incident was missed by all of the officials.

Former United player Danny Swanson was proving to be a real thorn in the home defence.

He tested Zwick with a rasping free-kick from 25 yards that the United keeper tipped over the crossbar, before being set-up by Osman Sow, his strike on this occasion smothered by Zwick at the second attempt.

Blair Spittal is sent-off for Dundee United
Blair Spittal is dismissed by referee Kevin Clancy after tripping Sam Nicholson

There were very few chances in the second half but the busiest man inside Tannadice was referee Clancy.

In all he showed seven yellow cards during the afternoon in a match that threatened to boil over.

A number of Hearts players were struggling with cramp towards the end of the game with Nicholson, Sow and Jordan McGhee able to finish the match, but Juwon Oshaniwa and Miguel Pallardo having to be replaced.

United piled the pressure on the Hearts goal towards the end of the game but it was a relatively easy afternoon for Neil Alexander who barely had a save to make during the 90 minutes.

Their fate was sealed in the third minute of stoppage time when Spittal was shown his second yellow after tripping Nicholson as he sprinted forward with the ball.

And despite having a couple of long-range free kicks United found the road to goal blocked leaving them rooted at the bottom of the Premiership table.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 51Zwick
  • 12McGowanBooked at 47mins
  • 17DurnanBooked at 74mins
  • 4Souttar
  • 2DillonBooked at 17mins
  • 22FraserSubstituted forConnollyat 77'minutes
  • 25Kuhl
  • 8RankinBooked at 74mins
  • 20SpittalBooked at 90mins
  • 7Mckay
  • 30BodulSubstituted forTaggartat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Murray
  • 16Telfer
  • 18Connolly
  • 21Szromnik
  • 28Donaldson
  • 29Taggart
  • 38Souttar

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 22McGhee
  • 4Augustyn
  • 18Rossi
  • 17OshaniwaSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes
  • 23SwansonBooked at 23minsSubstituted forWalkerat 54'minutes
  • 14Pallardo GonzalezSubstituted forGomisat 71'minutes
  • 8BuabenBooked at 38mins
  • 11Nicholson
  • 10Sow
  • 19Delgado Lloria

Substitutes

  • 6Gomis
  • 7Walker
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 28Smith
  • 44Zanatta
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
7,461

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Kuhl (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

  9. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Blair Spittal (Dundee United) for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Blair Spittal (Dundee United).

  11. Post update

    Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

  13. Booking

    Blair Spittal (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  15. Post update

    Adam Taggart (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

  17. Post update

    Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

  19. Post update

    John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic118212691726
2Aberdeen118031712524
3Hearts116231814420
4Ross County115331812618
5Hamilton115241513217
6Dundee114431719-216
7St Johnstone114252219314
8Inverness CT113441114-313
9Kilmarnock113351220-812
10Motherwell11317814-610
11Partick Thistle11236814-69
12Dundee Utd11128921-125
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