Two late goals by substitutes David Goodwillie and Brian Graham prevented a fourth straight Scottish Premiership defeat for Dundee United.

Hibernian skipper Liam Craig had scored either side of half-time at Tannadice, a 12-yard strike followed by a penalty, to put Terry Butcher's men in charge.

But United hit back with seven minutes to go when Brian Graham set up on-loan striker David Goodwillie.

And in the final minute scorer turned provider as Graham lashed a shot home.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez was in the stand to assess Dundee United's promising youngsters who had lit up the first half of the season but who had been unable to prevent festive period losses to St Mirren, St Johnstone and Aberdeen.

They faced a revived Hibs side who arrived on Tayside still buoyed by their late 2-1 win over Edinburgh rivals Hearts at Easter Road a few days before.

Hibs took a while to get going but came close to making the breakthrough in the 15th minute.

Craig's corner was met by James Collins and his downward header looked to be going in before it was hooked off the line by United midfielder John Rankin.

Midway through the first half, Ryan Gauld went on a darting run before Hibs defender Michael Nelson halted him in his tracks.

From the resultant free-kick, Gauld rolled the ball to Ciftci who tried his luck from 25 yards but Ben Williams held the ball comfortably in the visitors' goal.

Hibs captain Liam Craig took his goal tally to nine for the season

Hibs captain Liam Craig took his goal tally to nine for the season

There was controversy on the half-hour mark as United pushed for the opener.

Nadir Ciftci struck a long ball forward for Gary Mackay-Steven which prompted Williams to run off his line before mis-kicking his attempted clearance.

Williams then grabbed Mackay-Steven who was about to home in on goal from just outside the box but the linesman raised his flag for offside and the visitors breathed a sigh of relief.

However, Hibs went on to take the lead through Craig in the 37th minute.

John Souttar attempted to play a one-two out of defence with Mark Wilson but the ball fell to Paul Heffernan who wasted no time in threading a pass through to Craig.

The midfielder then ran on to fire a shot low into Cierzniak's far corner.

United suffered another setback a few minutes later when Ciftci was forced to go off injured and he was replaced by Graham.

It was end-to-end stuff by this stage and, in the 57th minute, Heffernan was next to try his luck and he let fly with a left-foot effort which skidded wide.

United made their second substitution on the hour when Goodwillie came on for Gauld in a bid to force an equaliser.

But it was the visitors who increased their lead soon after from the penalty spot.

Referee Steven McLean decided Souttar had shoved Collins as they contested a ball in the air and up stepped Craig to make it 2-0.

United almost pulled one back in the 79th minute when Mackay-Steven crossed and Paul Hanlon turned the ball towards his own goal, only for Williams to pull off a reflex save.

But seven minutes from time Goodwillie gave United some hope when he latched onto Graham's cross before turning and firing past Williams from close range.

Then, in the 90th minute, United levelled when Goodwillie's 12-yard shot was turned in by Graham as the points were shared.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 16 Wilson (Dillon - 45' )
  • 26 Robertson Booked
  • 06 Paton
  • 20 Souttar
  • 05 Gunning
  • 11 Mackay-Steven
  • 08 Rankin
  • 21 Ciftci (Graham - 40' )
  • 19 Gauld (Goodwillie - 58' )
  • 10 Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 02 Dillon
  • 04 Butcher
  • 07 Goodwillie
  • 09 Graham
  • 17 Erskine
  • 18 Dow
  • 25 McCallum

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster
  • 03 McGivern
  • 08 Robertson Booked
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 11 Cairney (Stanton - 75' )
  • 10 Craig
  • 14 Collins
  • 24 Heffernan (Tudur Jones - 83' )
  • 16 Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 17 Tudur Jones
  • 18 Maybury
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 26 Stanton
  • 27 Zoubir
  • 35 Cummings
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 7,862

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

3 4

Corners

8 6

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dundee United 2, Hibernian 2.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Hibernian 2.

90:00 +1:32

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

89:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 2, Hibernian 2. Brian Graham (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

87:06

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

86:45

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

85:59

Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

85:29

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

82:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Owain Tudur-Jones replaces Paul Heffernan.

82:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 1, Hibernian 2. David Goodwillie (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brian Graham.

81:35 Booking

Booking Andrew Robertson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

81:29

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:29

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United).

80:01

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

76:05

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

76:05

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:23

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

74:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Paul Cairney.

74:22

Attempt missed. John Souttar (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

74:02

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ben Williams.

72:32

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

71:14

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

71:08

Attempt blocked. Brian Graham (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68:13 Booking

Booking Scott Robertson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

68:08

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:08

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

64:27

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

64:27

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:30

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

63:30

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

60:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 0, Hibernian 2. Liam Craig (Hibernian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

59:35

Penalty conceded by John Souttar (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

59:35

Penalty Hibernian. James Collins draws a foul in the penalty area.

58:05

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

57:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. David Goodwillie replaces Ryan Gauld.

56:26

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

56:03

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

54:41

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

52:56

Attempt missed. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:57

Attempt missed. Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Dundee United 0, Hibernian 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Sean Dillon replaces Mark Wilson because of an injury.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dundee United 0, Hibernian 1.

44:58

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

43:35

Foul by Brian Graham (Dundee United).

43:35

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:03

Delay in match Liam Craig (Hibernian) because of an injury.

39:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Brian Graham replaces Nadir Ciftci because of an injury.

37:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 0, Hibernian 1. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Heffernan.

36:30

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:30

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

32:06

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

32:06

Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:23

Attempt blocked. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:35

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

25:24

Attempt saved. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

24:55

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Paul Paton.

23:10

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:10

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

22:35

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:00

Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

21:21

Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

21:21

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

19:40

Hand ball by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

18:36

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

18:36

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:26

Attempt saved. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:21

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

9:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

9:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

9:02

Delay in match Liam Craig (Hibernian) because of an injury.

8:14

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

8:14

Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:00

Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:57

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

5:41

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul Cairney.

3:51

Attempt blocked. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:26

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

2:26

Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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