Dundee Utd 4
Hearts 1
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
4 - 1

League (Premiership)
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,808
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stuart Armstrong (16)
Brian Graham (49)
Gary Mackay-Steven (85)
John Rankin (90)
Jamie Hamill (pen.) (20)

Team Managers
Jackie McNamara
Gary Locke

Starting Eleven
1. Radoslaw Cierzniak
26. Andrew Robertson
20. John Souttar
16. Mark Wilson
2. Seán Dillon
19. Ryan Gauld
11. Gary Mackay-Steven
10. Stuart Armstrong
6. Paul Paton
8. John Rankin
9. Brian Graham
Jamie MacDonald
Kevin McHattie
Jordan McGhee
Dylan McGowan
Danny Wilson
Callum Tapping
Scott Robinson
Jamie Hamill
Jamie Walker
Callum Paterson
Ryan Stevenson

25. Marc McCallum
12. Keith Watson
27. Morgaro Gomis
4. Calum Butcher
17. Chris Erskine
7. David Goodwillie
18. Ryan Dow
Jack Hamilton
Brad McKay
Sam Nicholson
Dale Carrick
Billy King
Adam King
David Smith

David Goodwillie for Brian Graham (86)
Keith Watson for Mark Wilson (89)
Morgaro Gomis for Andrew Robertson (90)
Billy King for Callum Tapping (67)
Dale Carrick for Ryan Stephenson (75)

John Souttar (25)
Mark Wilson (82)
Callum Tapping (28)
Jamie Walker (73)
Scott Robinson (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

United came into this game on the back of a great run having scored four or more goals in each of their last three games.

United had the best of the opening exchanges and were producing some good passing football. The first real chance of the match came when Ryan Gauld sent in a looping strike from distance forcing Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald to touch over the bar. Soon after that United were ahead, Mackay-Steven played in Stuart Armstrong who angled the ball towards goal and watched it roll home. Hearts reacted well and were level within a few minutes when Jamie Walker showed some trickery in the box and was tripped by Mark Wilson. From the penalty spot Jamie Hamill hit the ball low to the left to equalise. Gauld almost conjured a great chance for United, playing a pass through the Hearts defence for Souttar, but the forward-thinking defender had his chance blocked off by a combination of his own team-mate Armstrong and Hearts defender McHattie. Just before half-time, Graham fired over the bar while at the other end Ryan Stevenson had a close-range shot blocked.

United came flying out the traps in the second half. First a fierce Rankin drive was touched wide by MacDonald, then, from a corner Brian Graham crashed home a free header recovering United's lead. The Hearts players pleaded with referee Craig Thomson to award an infringement on Calum Paterson, but the goal stood. Hearts, to their credit, held firm against the tangerine onslaught before beginning to creep back in the game as they pressed for an equaliser. However, with that they became ever more vulnerable on the break. The match was clinched though near the end when Gary Mackay-Steven cut in from the right and curled a left foot shot past MacDonald, then a deflected effort from John Rankin left MacDonald with no chance.

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at December 7th, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 19 - 65 -
Andrew Robertson19 195195
Seán Dillon30 13 - 2473
John Souttar17 12 - 21 -
Mark Wilson29 8 - 14611
Gary Mackay-Steven23 1668118
Paul Paton26 191191
Ryan Gauld17 175296
Stuart Armstrong21 17610011
John Rankin30 1811068
Brian Graham26 153153
Keith Watson (sub)24 1121188
Morgaro Gomis (sub)28 7 - 1877
David Goodwillie (sub)24 17415344

League Table (as at December 7th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.