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Hibernian 1-1 Dundee United

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Easter Road
James Keatings
James Keatings fires Hibs into the lead

Dundee United came from behind to earn a point at title rivals Hibernian.

James Keatings supplied an emphatic finish to a well-worked move to give Hibs the lead, having earlier struck a post with a free-kick.

United hit back midway through the second period, French defender William Edjenguele heading home from a Scott Fraser corner.

Keatings forced a good save from Cammy Bell as Hibs applied late pressure but they could not find a winner.

The result moves Hibs to within a point of Championship leaders Queen of the South, although Neil Lennon's men have now gone three matches without a win.

United remain in fifth, six points off the top.

With an attendance in excess of 15,000 inside Easter Road there was an anticipation that this would be an open, attacking and passionate encounter.

Hibernian dominated the opening quarter, with Keatings rattling the junction of post and crossbar with a free-kick after three minutes.

The striker, making his first start in four league matches, then ran on to a smart pass from Andrew Shinnie to steer a first-time strike into the opposite corner.

At that point few within the stadium would have put money on anything other than a home win. However, Hibs are developing a bad habit of not finishing teams off when in the ascendancy.

William Edjenguele
William Edjenguele heads Dundee United level on 68 minutes

United's bad luck in losing Lewis Toshney to a terrible ankle injury early in the second half would go on to work in their favour.

Visiting manager Ray McKinnon was forced into making a number of personnel and tactical switches and the introduction of Charlie Telfer, Cammy Smith and Tope Obedeyi turned the game.

Obadeyi won a corner moments after coming on and from the set-piece Edjenguele barely had to jump to power above his opponents to nod the ball beyond Ofir Marciano.

The momentum changed. United could smell a win but neither side could find a killer final pass in a scruffy encounter littered with mistakes.

Three times this season Hibernian have led at home and failed to win.

Against Queen of the South in the League Cup they lost three goals in the last 24 minutes. Against Ayr United they were 1-0 up midway through the second half but ended up the losing side after Marvin Bartley's red card.

This is nothing new at Easter Road. If Lennon's side are to go on and clinch the title this is a trait they will have to lose, with the likes of United, Falkirk and Queen of the South capable of pushing them all the way.

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon: "It's been the story of the last few games. We were in total control and then, all of a sudden, we get really slack under no pressure.

"We had opportunities to go 2-0 up and that would have killed the game as we were so far in the ascendancy.

"But we let teams back in and it's our own fault. It is also a source of frustration we conceded from a set-play. With the height we have in the team we should be doing a lot better.

"We want to get out of this division and the players have to deal with the expectation better than they are showing at the minute."

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon: "We came here with a lot of injuries and no recognised midfielders. We had to chop and change our system so I was pleased to get a draw.

"We had lots of players in positions they are not accustomed to. It was hard to get a team balance.

"In the first half we wasted a lot of counter-attacks. We could have done a lot better but we were great in the second half. We merited the draw, definitely."

"He [Toshney] is away for an X-ray because his ankle is up. I am devastated for him. I thought he was outstanding. He now has a really bad injury."

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 2GraySubstituted forEardleyat 45'minutes
  • 24McGregor
  • 23Forster
  • 4Hanlon
  • 10McGeouch
  • 8FyvieBooked at 89mins
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forBoyleat 77'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forGrahamat 77'minutes
  • 19Keatings

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 9Holt
  • 17Boyle
  • 26Eardley
  • 29Graham
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 33Harris

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Bell
  • 20van der StruijkBooked at 59mins
  • 4Durnan
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 3Dixon
  • 6ToshneySubstituted forTelferat 55'minutes
  • 7Spittal
  • 19Andreu
  • 10Fraser
  • 23van der VeldenSubstituted forSmithat 58'minutes
  • 9MurraySubstituted forObadeyiat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 5Donaldson
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 12Telfer
  • 15Smith
  • 21Zwick
  • 24Robson
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
15,492

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 1, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Dundee United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Cammy Bell.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Keatings (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

    Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

  9. Post update

    Cameron Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Brian Graham (Hibernian) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Brian Graham (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

  14. Post update

    Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces Andrew Shinnie.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Brian Graham replaces Jason Cummings.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian).

  20. Post update

    Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Queen of Sth85301441018
2Hibernian8521135817
3Falkirk8422117414
4Raith Rovers84131311213
5Dundee Utd83321310312
6Morton8233812-49
7Ayr8224614-88
8Dunfermline82151116-57
9Dumbarton8134811-36
10St Mirren8044916-74
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