Scottish Premiership
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Dundee United 4-1 Heart of Midlothian

By Jonathan Sutherland at TannadiceBBC Scotland

Dundee United edged into third place in the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable home win against Hearts.

Gary Mackay-Steven set up Stuart Armstrong to slot home in the 16th-minute before Jamie Hamill converted from the spot to level.

Immediately after the break, Brian Graham's header put United back in charge.

Mackay-Steven fired in the third, then John Rankin's deflected shot with the last kick of the ball sealed the win.

The win was United's sixth at home in a row and despite a 7-0 hammering from Celtic last weekend, Hearts manager Gary Locke made only one change in his first eleven, with Calum Tapping coming in for David Smith.

United dominated the early stages with some confident passing football.

The first real chance of the match came via the boot of the highly-rated Ryan Gauld, the 17-year-old's a looping strike from 25 yards forcing Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald to touch over the bar.

Soon after that United were ahead, when a great pass over the Hearts defence from Mackay-Steven played in Armstrong who angled the ball towards goal and watched it bundle home under pressure from Kevin McHattie.

Hearts responded well and were level within four minutes when Jamie Walker jinked into the box and was tripped by Mark Wilson. From the penalty spot Hamill calmly slotted the ball low to the left to level.

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 out for the second half with all guns blazing.

First a fierce Rankin drive from just outside the box was touched wide by MacDonald, then, from a corner Graham rose for a free header which he smashed home to retake the lead.

The Hearts players pleaded with referee Craig Thomson to award an infringement on Calum Paterson, but the goal stood.

From there United dominated as they searched for the goal to kill the game off.

But Hearts, to their credit, were obdurate and stubborn - and Paterson and Walker remained lively, although the latter was booked for diving.

As the visitors continued to press for an equaliser, they became ever more vulnerable on the break, and finally it told.

Mackay-Steven cut in from the right and curled a left foot shot past MacDonald to seal all three points, then a deflected effort from Rankin left MacDonald stranded.


Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 16WilsonBooked at 82minsSubstituted forWatsonat 89'minutes
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forGomisat 90'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 2Dillon
  • 20SouttarBooked at 25mins
  • 19Gauld
  • 6Paton
  • 9GrahamSubstituted forGoodwillieat 86'minutes
  • 10Armstrong
  • 11Mackay-Steven


  • 4Butcher
  • 7Goodwillie
  • 12Watson
  • 17Erskine
  • 18Dow
  • 25McCallum
  • 27Gomis


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2Hamill
  • 3McHattie
  • 14WalkerBooked at 73mins
  • 4Wilson
  • 5McGowan
  • 7StevensonSubstituted forCarrickat 75'minutes
  • 20TappingBooked at 28minsSubstituted forKingat 67'minutes
  • 12Paterson
  • 8RobinsonBooked at 88mins
  • 30McGhee


  • 16McKay
  • 17Smith
  • 18Carrick
  • 19King
  • 21Hamilton
  • 26King
  • 28Nicholson
Craig Thomson

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamHearts
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 4, Hearts 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 4, Hearts 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 4, Hearts 1. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Morgaro Gomis replaces Andrew Robertson.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Keith Watson replaces Mark Wilson.

  8. Booking

    Scott Robinson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. David Goodwillie replaces Brian Graham.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 3, Hearts 1. Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Post update

    Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

  15. Post update

    Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Mark Wilson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

  18. Post update

    Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan McGhee (Hearts).

  20. Booking

    Mark Wilson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.