Hearts 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


Hearts 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
Tynecastle Park. Att. 14,873
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Csaba László Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
Marián Kello
Lee Wallace
José Gonçalves
David Obua
Eggert Jónsson
Rubén Palazuelos
Laryea Kingston
Michael Stewart
Craig Thomson
Jamie Mole
Scott Robinson
Nicky Weaver .1
Seán Dillon .2
Andy Webster .3
Mihael Kovačević .19
Paul Dixon .23
Garry Kenneth .18
Scott Robertson .8
Jennison Myrie-Williams .7
Craig Conway .6
Jon Daly .9
Damián Casalinuovo .21

Bench
Mark Ridgers
Dawid Kucharski
Jonathan Stewart
Christian Nadé
Arvydas Novikovas
David Templeton
Gary Glen
Steve Banks .13
Darren Dods .5
David Robertson .12
Danny Swanson .14
David Goodwillie .25
Andis Shala .20
Danny Cadamarteri .10

Substitutions
Arvydas Novikovas for David Obua (32)
Christian Nadé for Jamie Mole (53)
Gary Glen for Scott Robinson (77)
Danny Cadamarteri for Damián Casalinuovo (49)
Danny Swanson for Craig Conway (59)
Andis Shala for Jon Daly (77)

Cautions
José Gonçalves (45)
Michael Stewart (60)
Laryea Kingston (76)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Euan Norris (Referee)



Match Report


Dundee United were hoping to keep apace at the top of the SPL table at Tynecastle against a Hearts side struggling to repeat the form that saw them finish ‘best of the rest’ the previous season. The travelling Arabs were hoping to erase the vivid memories of the comprehensive 3-0 defeat they had suffered in the penultimate game of last season, in what was their last visit to the Gorgie area of Edinburgh. United went into the match with just one defeat in the last eight. Conversely, the Jambos had only recorded one win in their last eight league matches and were already perilously close to eclipsing the number of defeats they had chalked up during the whole of the 2008/09 campaign. Injury troubles and suspensions had plagued Craig Levein’s first team selections throughout the season and it would be no different on this occasion with the midfield pairing of Morgaro Gomis and Prince Buaben both missing. Sean Dillon would again deputise in the heart of midfield and he was accompanied by a returning Scott Robertson, making his first league start in two months. However a testament to the depth of Craig Levein’s squad was that heading into the 14th game of the season only on-loan keeper Nicky Weaver had started every game. There were a few raised eyebrows with the Hearts starting eleven, with 17-year-old youth striker Scott Robinson handed his full debut partnering Jamie Mole up front, in what was also his first start of the season. Ismael Bouzid, Csaba Laszlo’s only ever-present so far in the campaign, was missing through suspension along with Ian Black and Suso Santana, although there was a boost for the home side as captain Michael Stewart could take part after his ordering off against Hamilton was rescinded.

After quarter of an hour of frantic end to end football, Craig Conway had the first opportunity on goal, firing Sean Dillon’s lay-off wide of the mark. The home side responded straight away at the other end of the park, but Jonsson’s header was off target. Scott Robertson almost found the net on two occasions on his return to first team action, the first of which fell on the half hour mark. Jon Daly and Casalinuovo combined to flick the ball into the midfielders path, but he blasted his effort past Kello’s left-hand post. Moments later his 20-yard drive was parried away by Kello, and as Daly attempted to pounce on the rebound, the keeper again scurried the ball away picking up a nasty bruise over his right eye which required treatment. Jon Daly then had two chances to break the deadlock before the interval, firing over the bar on 40 minutes, before he headed Conway’s injury time corner onto the post.

Neither side opted to make any changes at the interval, but the early introduction of Danny Cadamarteri on 48 minutes had an instant effect upfront for the visitors as they looked revitalised in attack. And the 30 year-old earned a penalty after 60 minutes when his run down the left flank was brought to an abrupt end inside the box by Eggert Jonsson, who always looked in danger of conceding a foul as he struggled to keep pace. Cadamarteri took the spot kick, but Marian Kello saved well diving to his left, while Robertson could only find the side netting with the rebound as he as he tried to steer the ball home from a difficult angle. A route one clearance from former Man City keeper Nicky Weaver, who barely featured throughout the 90 minutes, resulted in another chance for United, as Cadamarteri teed up substitute Danny Swanson who neat left-foot drive had Marian Kello at full stretch to deny United the lead. Full time: 0-0.



Squad Statistics (as at December 12th, 2009)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Nicky Weaver (GK)30 14 - 14 -
Mihael Kovačević21 13 - 37 -
Garry Kenneth22 811016
Andy Webster27 153153
Seán Dillon26 14 - 942
Paul Dixon23 14 - 471
Scott Robertson24 10 - 365
Jennison Myrie-Williams21 121121
Craig Conway24 1411098
Damián Casalinuovo22 125125
Jon Daly26 425313
Danny Swanson (sub)22 12 - 602
Danny Cadamarteri (sub)30 144144
Andis Shala (sub)21 71161






League Table (as at December 12th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.