Hearts 4
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


Hearts 

4 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Sunday, October 1st, 2006
Tynecastle Park. Att. 16,849
2:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Alan Archibald (o.g.) (30)
Juho Mäkelä (39)
Paul Hartley (pen) (89)
Jamie Mole (89)
None.

Team Managers
Valdas Ivanauskas Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Craig Gordon
Steven Pressley
Takis Fyssas
Ibrahim Tall
Christophe Berra
Paul Hartley
Bruno Aguiar
Mirsad Bešlija
Saulius Mikoliūnas
Juho Mäkelä
Andrius Velička
Derek Stillie .1
Christian Kalvenes .2
David McCracken .3
Stuart Duff .12
David Proctor .28
Alan Archibald .6
Mark Kerr .7
Craig Conway .15
Barry Robson .11
Greg Cameron .17
Noel Hunt .10

Bench
Steve Banks
Robbie Neilson
Deividas Česnauskis
Marius Žaliūkas
Lee Wallace
Roman Bednar
Jamie Mole
Euan McLean .21
Garry Kenneth .18
Lee Mair .5
Willie Easton .23
Grant Smith .30
Craig Brewster .16
Collin Samuel .20

Substitutions
Deividas Česnauskis for Saulius Mikoliūnas (56)
Roman Bednar for Juho Mäkelä (61)
Jamie Mole for Andrius Velička (84)
Collin Samuel for Craig Conway (61)

Cautions
None. Mark Kerr (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Eddie Smith (Referee)



Match Report


Not for the first time this season, a failure to take chances cost United dear as Hearts bounced back from European elimination to keep the pressure up on league leaders Celtic. Manager Craig Brewster made just one change from the side that drew 1 v 1 with Motherwell last weekend with Craig Conway coming in for Steven Robb.

For Hearts, Valdas Ivanauskas rang the changes with no fewer than six players coming in after Thursday’s scoreless draw in Prague.

Despite the changes, for the opening half hour it looked like Hearts were suffering a European hangover, and United created several opportunities to open the scoring. Craig Gordon did well to block a close range volley from Noel Hunt after nine minutes. Stuart Duff came even closer with a header from six yards hitting the crossbar. Hunt eventually had the ball in the net after Gordon had somehow blocked another Stuart Duff header from point blank range, only for a late and controversial offside flag to cut short celebrations.

Not having had a save of note to make, Derek Stillie was picking the ball out of his net on the half hour mark. Andreas Velicka latched on to a Mikoliunas through ball and his powerful shot from the left of the box deflected high into the net off the unlucky Alan Archibald. The game swung in Hearts’s direction and Mikoliunas almost added a second, shooting inches over after a fine save from Stillie.

The second goal came on 38 minutes, a fine cross from Beslija on the right touchline left Juho Makela with the easiest of chances, tapping home from a couple of yards out. Mikoliunas could have added a third after being left unmarked at a corner but shot into the side netting. Even so, a two-goal deficit for United at half time was incredibly harsh. United battled away in the second half, but with Hearts better organised goals looked more likely to come from long range – or mistakes.

Substitute Cesnauskis came closest in the early stages after the restart, striking the face of the bar with a powerful drive from twenty-five yards. For United Hunt almost converted a cross from Samuel, and Robson and Duff were off target with shots from distance. The visitors’ last opportunity came and went when Samuel’s low cross flashed across goal with Hunt unable to connect.

If United was unlucky with the first goal, it was simple mistakes that lead to Hearts’s late third and fourth goal. With barely two minutes to go, Beslija was brought down for a penalty and Paul Hartley converted the spot kick. Then on the stroke of full time, United lost possession to Bednar, who crossed for Jamie Mole to tap in. Four goals certainly flattered Hearts, with United once more left to rue missed opportunities at key stages in the game.



Squad Statistics (as at October 1st, 2006)


2006-07 All Time
Age
Derek Stillie (GK)32 11 - 45 -
David Proctor22 9 - 9 -
Christian Kalvenes29 101101
Alan Archibald28 11 - 1367
Stuart Duff24 911414
David McCracken24 9 - 1767
Mark Kerr24 11 - 1215
Craig Conway21 9 - 9 -
Greg Cameron18 10 - 17 -
Barry Robson27 10311916
Noel Hunt23 102102
Collin Samuel (sub)25 11 - 10210






League Table (as at October 1st, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.