Heart of Midlothian 2 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, February 16th, 1991, 3:00 PM at Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 7,216
Referee: David Syme (Glasgow)
Heart of Midlothian Dundee Utd

John Robertson (68)
Alan McLaren (89)
John Clark (25)

Team Managers
Joe Jordan Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Nicky Walker
Jimmy Sandison
Alan McLaren
Craig Levein
Gary Mackay
Dave McPherson
John Colquhoun
Eamonn Bannon
Wayne Foster
Derek Ferguson
John Robertson
Alan Main
Maurice Malpas
Miodrag Krivokapić
Freddy van der Hoorn
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
John O'Neil
John Clark
Paddy Connolly
Duncan Ferguson
Darren Jackson

Walter Kidd
Tommy Harrison
Christian Dailly
Mixu Paatelainen

Walter Kidd for Craig Levein
Tommy Harrison for Eamonn Bannon
Christian Dailly for Paddy Connolly (60)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 71 apps -
Maurice Malpas 475 apps15 goals
Miodrag Krivokapić 88 apps1 goal
Freddy van der Hoorn 73 apps3 goals
Jim McInally 216 apps10 goals
Billy McKinlay 113 apps4 goals
John O'Neil 16 apps -
John Clark 215 apps29 goals
Paddy Connolly 39 apps10 goals
Duncan Ferguson 6 apps1 goal
Darren Jackson 66 apps23 goals
Christian Dailly (sub) 26 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Duncan Ferguson (19 years 56 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 171 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 196 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (17 years 120 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 171 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 345 days
Domestic Players:10 (76.92 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


For a long period of this match it looked as though our record of not having won at Tynecastle since March 1985 was going to come to a conclusion. After going ahead mid-way through the first half we looked in no imminent danger of dropping a point, never mind losing, until Hearts got back on level term's with twenty-two minutes remaining. Hearts actually made quite a good start with their early pressure being rewarded by a couple of fruitless corners. Nicky Walker who was replacing the enduring Henry Smith was first called into action to cut out a Duncan Ferguson cross. A minute later, he could only watch as John Clark's header from a Billy McKinlay corner flashed past the near post. In the eighteenth minute a Colquhoun snap shot was well saved by Alan Main at the second attempt. Seven minutes later, however, we took the lead with a scrambled goal. John O'Neil's free-kick was met forcefully by the head of John Clark. Nicky Walker made the save but Darren Jackson's shot from a narrow angle hit the post and John Clark was on hand to flick the ball over the line. Hearts might have equalised two minutes later but Eamonn Bannon's volley following a melee in the goalmouth struck woodwork. Just on half time Dave McPherson cut out the danger from a Duncan Ferguson cross from the right and almost succeeded in turning the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Hearts best chance of the match so far came in the 56th minute when Colquhoun cut the ball back and Foster's effort was on target until it hit Harrison, the Hearts half-time substitute for the injured Eamonn Bannon, and went behind for a goal-kick. There were further warning signs for us in the 66th minute as Hearts stepped up the pressure. Colquhoun played a diagonal ball to the far post where McLaren was running in, but he couldn't squeeze the ball past Alan Main at the near post. Two minutes later Hearts did equalise. The ball ran to John Robertson in the box and from 16 yards, the Maroons' striker hit a shot on the turn which Alan Main got a hand to, but couldn't prevent the ball going over the line. The match then appeared to be heading for a draw when Hearts made a late charge for victory. Initially Alan Main deflected a Robertson shot around the post for a corner and when Colquhoun's kick came over Alan McLaren got in a header at the near post to score the goal which cost us a point and extended our sequence without a win at Tynecastte to twelve matches.

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