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Dundee Utd 0-1 Hibs: 'Unselfish' Christian Doidge delights Jack Ross

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Christian Doidge again showed he is "a massive asset" for head coach Jack Ross after the striker kept Hibernian's 100% Scottish Premiership record intact.

Doidge struck the only goal against Dundee United on Tueday as Hibs won their opening three top-flight games for the first time in 46 years.

The win put Hibs three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

"Christian's record since I came in has been remarkable," Ross said of Doidge's 15 goals since mid-November.

"He's so unselfish in his work."

For the hosts, still without Lawrence Shankland, it was a first defeat since winning promotion.

And Doidge's presence as a focal point was exactly what United were missing, with the striker providing the game's one bit of inspiration in the 65th minute.

He got the break of the ball after Josh Doig's attempt was blocked and took a touch away from the chasing pack of defenders before unleashing a fierce drive high past Benjamin Siegrist at his near post. However, replays suggested Doig may have been slightly offside.

Ian Harkes' effort and Peter Pawlett's volley for the hosts were off target either side of the opening goal.

The game's other main talking point was an early aerial collision between Jamie Robson and Paul McGinn, with the former booked and unable to continue.

And Dundee United manager Micky Mellon questioned the yellow card, saying: "Did he go and try knock himself out or something? Where is the common sense in that?"

Man of the match - Christian Doidge

Christian Doidge celebrates
Doidge delivered when it mattered and was a willing runner even when Hibs were wasteful in possession

What did we learn?

Neither side hit the heights of their weekend performances with the turnover of possession startling at times.

The hosts had promising opportunities to test Ofir Marciano from free-kicks and struggled to get past the wall.

Shankland's return will be welcome for the Tangerines, while Hibs' confidence grows ever more with their front men on form and their defence giving little away.

What did they say?

Mellon's Dundee United 'heading in right direction'

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon: "One little moment goes against us and Hibernian score from it.

"We maybe didn't get those breaks. When those half-chances come at this level, we have to take them."

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross: "We have ambitions that we want to try and achieve and to do that, we need to produce victories like this.

"It is still very early. We need to keep recognising what we're doing well and keep doing that."

Still very early, says Hibs boss after third win

What's next?

Dundee United visit Ross County on Saturday at 15:00 BST, with Hibs going for four wins in a row at home to Motherwell later that day at 17:30.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 12EdwardsSubstituted forNeilsonat 68'minutes
  • 5ConnollyBooked at 45mins
  • 6Reynolds
  • 20BoltonSubstituted forChalmersat 73'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 23Harkes
  • 18Butcher
  • 8Pawlett
  • 17RobsonBooked at 9minsSubstituted forSporleat 9'minutes
  • 27Appéré
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 4Powers
  • 11Smith
  • 15Chalmers
  • 16King
  • 19Mehmet
  • 21Glass
  • 22Freeman
  • 30Neilson

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 6McGinn
  • 5Porteous
  • 4Hanlon
  • 25Doig
  • 10Boyle
  • 13GogicBooked at 25mins
  • 11NewellBooked at 20minsSubstituted forHallbergat 78'minutes
  • 7HorganSubstituted forAllanat 56'minutes
  • 9Doidge
  • 15Nisbet

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 12Murray
  • 16Stevenson
  • 19Gullan
  • 20Hallberg
  • 21Dabrowski
  • 23Allan
  • 24McGregor
  • 27Stirling
Referee:
Don Robertson

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 0, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 0, Hibernian 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Hibernian. Scott Allan tries a through ball, but Kevin Nisbet is caught offside.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Cammy Smith (Dundee United).

  7. Post update

    Christian Doidge (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

  9. Post update

    Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Offside, Hibernian. Christian Doidge tries a through ball, but Kevin Nisbet is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

  15. Post update

    Alexander Gogic (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Louis Appéré.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Dundee United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Pawlett with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ryan Porteous.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Alexander Gogic.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Calum Butcher (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cammy Smith.

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