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Scottish Premiership: Dundee United 2-1 Heart of Midlothian

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tannadice
Guy Demel
Guy Demel struck first for United

An incredible 25-yard Paul Paton volley decided a tumultuous clash at Tannadice that saw both teams reduced to 10 men.

Guy Demel's header opened the scoring for United before Hearts' Jordan McGhee was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Edward Ofere.

Jamie Walker's fine second-half strike looked to have salvaged Hearts a point before Paton's drive.

And there was still time for Henri Anier - on the pitch barely 20 minutes - to be shown two yellow cards.

United remain 11 points behind Kilmarnock at the foot of the Premiership table with a game in hand.

The hosts dominated the early proceedings with Neil Alexander forced into two wonderful saves - his clawing over the bar of Ofere's header after 29 minutes will surely be a candidate for save of the season.

Paul Paton scores for Dundee United
Paul Paton cracked home a thunderous 25-yard winner on the volley

A quick John Rankin free-kick then found Blair Spittal with space on the wing. His cross into the box was met by Demel but again Alexander saved the day.

Hearts had very little to offer in the first half other than a Sam Nicholson strike that whistled just wide of Eiji Kawashima's goal.

McGhee, already on a booking, went in high on Ofere, referee Kevin Clancy decided enough was enough with the defender trooping down the tunnel.

Rankin came within inches of the opener, ghosting in from the left, as his effort beat Alexander but came back of the inside of the post before being cleared for a corner.

However the Hearts defence were caught napping as Rankin's near post corner was thundered past Alexander by Demel to give United a deserved lead.

The Jambos came back strong in the second period and equalised three minutes after the restart, Walker beautifully controlling a lofted through-ball and blasting beyond Kawashima.

Ryan Dow came close to giving United the lead once again when he lobbed the ball over the onrushing Alexander but the ball bounced over the crossbar.

The game continued to flow from end to end and Dauda should have set-up Nicholson for what may have proved the winning goal - the youngster was unmarked with the goal gaping, but the striker elected to shoot and fired straight at Kawashima.

With Mixu Paatelainen's side desperate for all the points they can muster in their fight for Premiership survival they continued to push more and more men forward.

And with the clock ticking towards 90 minutes Paton cracked home a wonderful volley to secure the win.

The dram was not over as Anier also saw red but the hosts held on for what could be a crucial three points.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Kawashima
  • 17DurnanBooked at 66mins
  • 28Donaldson
  • 19Gunning
  • 20Spittal
  • 6PatonBooked at 89mins
  • 55DemelSubstituted forDixonat 54'minutes
  • 8RankinBooked at 41mins
  • 22FraserBooked at 80mins
  • 9OfereSubstituted forAnierat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 54Sinama-PongolleSubstituted forDowat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 3Dixon
  • 12Knoyle
  • 14Dow
  • 25Riski
  • 26Anier
  • 51Zwick

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 22McGheeBooked at 40mins
  • 4Augustyn
  • 5OzturkBooked at 86mins
  • 17OshaniwaSubstituted forRossiat 45'minutes
  • 7Walker
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forSutchuin-Djoumat 76'minutes
  • 21Cowie
  • 11Nicholson
  • 25Dauda
  • 44ZanattaSubstituted forSouttarat 43'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 18Rossi
  • 20Reilly
  • 24Souttar
  • 28Smith
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
8,031

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 2, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ryan Dow.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Dow (Dundee United).

  8. Post update

    Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Henri Anier (Dundee United) for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Henri Anier (Dundee United).

  11. Post update

    Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Booking

    Paul Paton (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 2, Heart of Midlothian 1. Paul Paton (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Abiola Dauda (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

    Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Henri Anier (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

  20. Booking

    Henri Anier (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.