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Hearts 1-2 Dundee: Jim McIntyre's side move off bottom of the table

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tynecastle

Dundee moved off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership after Andrew Nelson's first goal for the club earned them a surprise win at Hearts.

Nelson, who was released by Sunderland earlier in January, finished ruthlessly just after the hour to take Dundee above St Mirren.

The striker had already been involved in the opener, playing a one-two with Genseric Kusunga, who finished sharply.

Hearts had levelled after Olly Lee's free-kick deflected into the net.

However, Craig Levein's side fell to a first defeat in four to slip to sixth place in the division.

Dundee good value for win

Jim McIntyre had his Dundee players well organised, with Martin Woods and Paul McGowan marshalling the midfield and Kusunga and Ryan Inniss looking solid at the back.

McIntyre's counterpart Levein must have been wondering what was going on with his team as they looked disjointed and could barely string two passes together in the opening period.

Czech striker David Vanecek was also given an indication of what will be required if he is to be a success at the club. The new Tynecastle number 32 was booked early on and lost the ball that led to the Dundee opener, much to the dismay of Levein who replaced him with Steven MacLean before half time.

Although the opener came from a Hearts mistake, credit must go to Dens defender Kusunga for showing terrific initiative. The Angola international played a wonderful one-two with Nelson and showed great composure with a fine finish beyond Colin Doyle.

But, within 15 minutes, Lady Luck shone on Hearts as Lee's free-kick found the net via the unfortunate Jesse Curran.

Hearts defender Jon Souttar had been missing since October but Levein introduced him just before the hour, with Callumn Morrison making way in a tactical switch. However, the Scotland defender must have been wishing he was back on the bench when Dundee regained the lead after 62 minutes.

Conor Shaughnessy looked to have a long ball well under control but slipped on the greasy surface, allowing Craig Curran space and time to pick out Nelson, who slid the ball into the corner with Doyle helpless in the home goal.

Aidan Keena volleyed wide and substitute Jake Mulraney shot straight at Semy Dieng as Hearts toiled.

Hearts equalised, but 'didn't play anywhere near well enough' according to manager Craig Levein
Hearts equalised, but 'didn't play anywhere near well enough' according to manager Craig Levein

Hearts miss Naismith - analysis

With a record of just two wins in their previous 22 matches, few would have given Dundee hope of leaving the capital with anything other than pride. However, the 247 fans who made the trip from Tayside can have much more than hope that their team can retain their Premiership status.

Kusunga and Ryan Inniss looked as if they would be a match for many top-flight strikers and the work-rate of Paul McGowan in midfield was immense with both Craig Curran and Nelson leading the line brilliantly.

And the result is evidence again of how important Steven Naismith is to Hearts, the striker missing out through suspension after being on the winning side in 15 of his 20 club appearances this season.

'Dundee stood up to Hearts' - reaction

Hearts manager Craig Levein: "We didn't play anywhere near well enough, particularly in the first half. I ended up taking David Vanecek off because I felt he just looked as if he wasn't at the races.

"Conor Shaughnessy slips and gifts them a goal so that just pretty much sums up the day. We didn't show enough composure in the last third of the field. We had a enough opportunities to win the game."

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre: "I thought we deserved it. I thought we played ever so well. We scored a couple of great goals.

"The players deserve a lot of credit because it's been a hard season and it's still going to be a hard season. To a man, they stood up to Hearts."

Line-ups

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Doyle
  • 2Smith
  • 3Shaughnessy
  • 6Berra
  • 11MitchellSubstituted forMulraneyat 72'minutes
  • 38MorrisonSubstituted forSouttarat 57'minutes
  • 8Lee
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 9Clare
  • 35Keena
  • 32VanecekBooked at 27minsSubstituted forMacLeanat 34'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Zlamal
  • 4Souttar
  • 7Bozanic
  • 18MacLean
  • 20Cochrane
  • 23Mulraney
  • 26Godinho

Dundee

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Dieng
  • 2KerrBooked at 40mins
  • 5Kusunga
  • 15Inniss
  • 3Ralph
  • 27Curran
  • 4Woods
  • 18McGowan
  • 17DalesSubstituted forMillerat 78'minutes
  • 23CurranBooked at 57minsSubstituted forKallmanat 84'minutes
  • 21NelsonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMooreat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Deacon
  • 12Parish
  • 19Kallman
  • 20Miller
  • 25Jefferies
  • 45Moore
  • 47Lambert
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
15,518

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Dundee 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Dundee 2.

  3. Post update

    Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Benjamin Kallman (Dundee).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aidan Keena (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Benjamin Kallman (Dundee).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenny Miller (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Benjamin Kallman replaces Craig Curran.

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    Aidan Keena (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Inniss (Dundee).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Seny Timothy Dieng.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Jesse Curran.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Mulraney (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Kenny Miller replaces Andy Dales.

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    Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Craig Curran (Dundee).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jake Mulraney replaces Demetri Mitchell.

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