The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
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.