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Dundee 0-1 Hearts: Sean Clare secures win against Premiership strugglers

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Highlights: Dundee 0-1 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts moved level on points with fourth-placed Kilmarnock after winning at Dundee to dent their hosts' Scottish Premiership survival hopes.

Sean Clare poked the visitors in front against the run of play to give Hearts a first win in five games.

Dundee threatened through James Horsfield, Kenny Miller and John O'Sullivan but could not get level.

Jim McIntyre's side remain a point above bottom side St Mirren and three behind Hamilton Academical.

But the Paisley side could overtake Dundee by beating Kilmarnock on Monday.

Hearts edge uninspiring contest

Stretching their advantage over St Mirren was foremost in Dundee minds, while Hearts manager Craig Levein said he was targeting a "strong" end to the season by pushing for a European place.

And in the early stages, the hosts looked the more likely to achieve their goal with Andy Dales, Scott Wright and Nathan Ralph firing in efforts before the Clare opener, and Miller testing Zdenek Zlamal after it.

Hearts' goal owed a lot to Arnaud Djoum's cross causing havoc in the Dundee box, with Darren O'Dea unable to clear his lines as Clare nipped in to score his third goal of the season.

Levein's men were largely in control from then on without creating many chances, Ben Garuccio curling a free-kick wide before the break.

Horsfield nodded too high as Dundee toiled in the second period and, at the other end, Uche Ikpeazu fired low into the hands of Seny Dieng.

Dundee finally exerted some pressure as the clock ran down, Miller's header and substitute O'Sullivan's volley kept out by Zlamal and the visitors held on to claim a first league win since 1 February.

Andy Dales shoots over
Dales' first-half effort was deflected over

'Another bruising result for Dundee' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Tyrone Smith at Dens Park

It wasn't pretty, but Hearts will not care. After four Premiership games without a win, victory stops the rot and gets them heading back in the right direction again.

A season which promised so much could yet deliver for Craig Levein's former league leaders - they remain very much in the mix for a European place and the Scottish Cup, although Partick Thistle will have something to say about the latter in Tuesday's quarter-final replay.

As for Dundee, it has been a bruising few weeks - that is three straight defeats now with Celtic next up at Dens Park. Their relegation fears don't look like going away any time soon.

'Important to be able to scrap and fight' - reaction

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Dundee deserved at least a point - McIntyre

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre: "It definitely feels like points dropped. I thought we had a lot of the game. We created a couple of really good opportunities and we've lost a really, really scrappy goal.

"It's just disappointment that we've not managed to take at least a point, because I felt that's what we deserved. As long as they continue to try and do the right things then I'm sure the results will turn."

Hearts manager Craig Levein: "It's important that we learn to win in different ways and if we need to scrap and fight and score a scrappy goal to win the game, then so be it.

"Hopefully, we can get a bit of confidence from this. We've got a cup tie on Tuesday evening. Hopefully we can do well in that."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 31Dieng
  • 29Horsfield
  • 15McGowanBooked at 42mins
  • 6O'Dea
  • 3Ralph
  • 17DalesSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 64'minutes
  • 4WoodsBooked at 25mins
  • 16Robson
  • 10WrightSubstituted forCurranat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20Miller
  • 23CurranSubstituted forMcGowanat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kerr
  • 5Kusunga
  • 7O'Sullivan
  • 12Parish
  • 18McGowan
  • 27Curran
  • 28Hadenius

Hearts

  • 1ZlamalBooked at 90mins
  • 26Godinho
  • 4Souttar
  • 6Berra
  • 38MorrisonSubstituted forDikamonaat 83'minutes
  • 9ClareSubstituted forBozanicat 86'minutes
  • 17GaruccioBooked at 87mins
  • 5Haring
  • 10Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 44mins
  • 19Ikpeazu
  • 32VanecekSubstituted forWightonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bozanic
  • 8Lee
  • 13Doyle
  • 15Wighton
  • 23Mulraney
  • 28Dikamona
  • 51Hickey
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
5,667

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Booking

Zdenek Zlamal (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John O'Sullivan (Dundee).

Ben Garuccio (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee).

Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jesse Curran (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jesse Curran (Dundee).

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

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Uche Ikpeazu.

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

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

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

Foul by Craig Wighton (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Ben Garuccio (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jesse Curran (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Garuccio (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt blocked. Jesse Curran (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Oliver Bozanic replaces Sean Clare.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Dundee).

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

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Zdenek Zlamal.

Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Zdenek Zlamal.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Clévid Dikamona replaces Callumn Morrison.

John O'Sullivan (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marcus Godinho (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Jesse Curran (Dundee).

Marcus Godinho (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Jesse Curran replaces Scott Wright.

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

Foul by Scott Wright (Dundee).

Peter Haring (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wright (Dundee).

Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Craig Wighton replaces David Vanecek.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29214466165067
2Rangers29178465214459
3Aberdeen29156845331251
4Kilmarnock28138737271047
5Hearts29145103534147
6Hibernian29119943321142
7Motherwell29124133339-640
8St Johnstone29115132939-1038
9Livingston29107123130137
10Hamilton2963201961-4221
11Dundee2946192461-3718
12St Mirren2845192155-3417
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