Dundee Utd 4 - 1 Heart of Midlothian

League - SPL
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,557
Referee: Alan Freeland
Dundee Utd  Heart of Midlothian

Barry Robson (23)
Barry Robson (pen.) (70)
Noel Hunt (83)
Barry Robson (pen.) (87)
Christophe Berra (37)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Stephen Frail

Starting Eleven
Grzegorz Szamotulski
Darren Dods
Lee Wilkie
Danny Grainger
Seán Dillon
David Robertson
Willo Flood
Morgaro Gomis
Barry Robson
Mark Kerr
Noel Hunt
Steve Banks
Robbie Neilson
Marius Žaliūkas
Christophe Berra
Lee Wallace
Saulius Mikoliūnas
Michael Stewart
Rubén Palazuelos
Andrew Driver
Andrius Velička
Calum Elliot

Euan McLean
Garry Kenneth
Craig Conway
Prince Buaben
Danny Swanson
Eric Odhiambo
Jordan Robertson
Anthony Basso
José Gonçalves
Michal Pospisil
Christian Nadé
Deividas Česnauskis
Eggert Jónsson
Ryan McGowan

Danny Swanson for David Robertson (60)
Eric Odhiambo for Willo Flood (89)
Garry Kenneth for Lee Wilkie (90)
Deividas Česnauskis for Andrew Driver (34)
Christian Nadé for Calum Elliot (63)
Michal Pospisil for Saulius Mikoliūnas (81)

Barry Robson (18)
Morgaro Gomis (54)
Andrius Velička (23)
Michael Stewart (83)
Michal Pospisil (88)

Red Cards
None. Marius Žaliūkas (68)
Lee Wallace (87)
Michael Stewart (90)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Grzegorz Szamotulski (GK) 21 apps -
Darren Dods 24 apps1 goal
Seán Dillon 39 apps1 goal
Lee Wilkie 34 apps3 goals
Danny Grainger 1 app (debut) -
David Robertson 56 apps11 goals
Willo Flood 22 apps1 goal
Morgaro Gomis 35 apps -
Barry Robson 162 apps33 goals
Mark Kerr 166 apps5 goals
Noel Hunt 53 apps23 goals
Garry Kenneth (sub) 55 apps3 goals
Danny Swanson (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Eric Odhiambo (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:David Robertson (21 years 106 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (32 years 217 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 314 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Eric Odhiambo (18 years 239 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (32 years 217 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 303 days
Domestic Players:9 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Danny Grainger(Signed January 1st, 2008)
Danny Swanson(Signed January 1st, 2008)
Eric Odhiambo(Signed January 1st, 2008)


Craig Levein made two changes to the starting eleven that leaked five goals at Motherwell at the weekend, with David Robertson and new signing Danny Grainger stepping in for Prince Buaben and Jordan Robertson. Stephen Frail took charge of Hearts for the first time as caretaker manager, and brought in Andrius Velicka and Saulius Mikoliunas at the expense of the injured Ibrahim Tall and Kestutis Ivaskevicius.

It was not until midway through the first half that United tested Steven Banks’, and they took the lead in bizarre fashion with their first real opportunity. Robbie Neilson scuffed a clearance, forcing the Hearts stopper to pick the ball up, and United were awarded an indirect free-kick on the six yard line. Lee Wilkie squared the ball to skipper Barry Robson, who fired home from the penalty spot through a crowded goal mouth to give United the lead.
But when Hearts equalised in the closing stages of the first half after Berra poked home a Michael Stewart corner, neither side would have felt hard done by going in level at the break.

The turning point in the match came in the 67th minute when an off the ball incident between Lee Wilkie and Marius Zaliukas saw the Hearts midfielder shown a straight red card. After several minutes delay, Alan Freeland took the ball off Robbie Neilson who was waiting to take a throw-in and charged towards the box, pointing to the spot. Barry Robson dismissed the controversial nature of the award and was clinical from the penalty spot, scoring his second bizarre goal of the game. Buoyed by the goal, United ripped ten man Hearts open time and again, with debutant Swanson, Robson and Hunt all coming close. Michael Stewart found himself in the referee’s book for a cynical tackle on the edge of the box, and from the resultant free kick United put the game beyond their opponents as Noel Hunt made it third time lucky as he converted Robson’s curling cross. Clever footing saw him take the ball past Lee Wallace, and as he raced into the box to pit his wits one on one with Banks in the goal, a blatant trip from Wallace left Alan Freeland little choice but to give the defender a straight red card and point to the penalty spot for the second time in the afternoon. Barry Robson made no mistake, calmly converting the spot kick to earn himself a hat-trick. And to round off the game, Michael Stewart, who had been lucky to escape a red card just moments earlier, was sent packing in stoppage time, leaving just eight maroon shirts on the park.


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