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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 23 December 2012, 4:30pm
  • Tynecastle
  • Attendance: 13,603
HeartsHeartsvDundee UDundee U
2
  • Stevenson, 15
  • Stevenson, pen 31
1
  • Watson, 57

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Match ends, Hearts 2, Dundee United 1.

90+6 mins:Second Half ends, Hearts 2, Dundee United 1.

90+5 mins:Barry Douglas (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90+5 mins:Foul by Barry Douglas (Dundee United).

90+5 mins:Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick.

90+4 mins:Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

90+3 mins:Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

90+3 mins:Barry Douglas (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

89 mins:Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

89 mins:John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

88 mins:Arvydas Novikovas (Hearts) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Milos Lacny (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87 mins:Foul by Milos Lacny (Dundee United).

87 mins:Arvydas Novikovas (Hearts) wins a free kick.

87 mins:Corner, Dundee United.

86 mins:Substitution, Dundee United. Ryan Dow replaces Stuart Armstrong.

86 mins:Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

83 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Arvydas Novikovas replaces Andrew Driver.

83 mins:Attempt missed. Ryan McGowan (Hearts) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Driver.

82 mins:Corner, Hearts.

82 mins:Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

82 mins:Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

81 mins:Attempt missed. Andrew Driver (Hearts) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

79 mins:Attempt saved. Andy Webster (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

78 mins:Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

78 mins:Mehdi Taouil (Hearts) wins a free kick.

77 mins:Attempt blocked. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77 mins:Substitution, Dundee United. Milos Lacny replaces Rudolf Skacel.

76 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Callum Paterson replaces Gordon Smith.

75 mins:Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Hearts).

75 mins:Jonathan Daly (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

73 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Mehdi Taouil replaces Dylan McGowan.

72 mins:Attempt blocked. Barry Douglas (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71 mins:Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Hearts).

71 mins:Rudolf Skacel (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

71 mins:Attempt blocked. Gordon Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70 mins:Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts).

70 mins:Johnny Russell (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

69 mins:Attempt missed. Rudolf Skacel (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

68 mins:Corner, Hearts.

67 mins:Offside, Dundee United. Jonathan Daly tries a through ball, but Jonathan Daly is caught offside.

66 mins:Offside, Dundee United. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.

64 mins:Corner, Dundee United.

63 mins:Attempt missed. Willo Flood (Dundee United) header from outside the box misses to the right.

62 mins:Offside, Hearts. Gordon Smith tries a through ball, but Gordon Smith is caught offside.

61 mins:Corner, Hearts.

61 mins:Corner, Hearts.

60 mins:Corner, Hearts.

57 mins:Goal! Hearts 2, Dundee United 1. Keith Watson (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Rudolf Skacel.

57 mins:Attempt missed. Rudolf Skacel (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box.

56 mins:Ryan McGowan (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56 mins:Foul by Ryan McGowan (Hearts).

56 mins:Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

55 mins:Corner, Hearts.

55 mins:Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

54 mins:Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

54 mins:Gordon Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick.

53 mins:Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

53 mins:Foul by Keith Watson (Dundee United).

53 mins:Andrew Driver (Hearts) wins a free kick.

52 mins:Foul by Keith Watson (Dundee United).

52 mins:Ryan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick.

50 mins:Corner, Dundee United.

48 mins:Foul by John Sutton (Hearts).

48 mins:Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

47 mins:Attempt missed. Brian McLean (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

47 mins:Corner, Dundee United.

Second Half begins Hearts 2, Dundee United 0.

45+1 mins:First Half ends, Hearts 2, Dundee United 0.

44 mins:Johnny Russell (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44 mins:Foul by Johnny Russell (Dundee United).

44 mins:Andy Webster (Hearts) wins a free kick.

43 mins:Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

42 mins:Offside, Hearts. Gordon Smith tries a through ball, but Gordon Smith is caught offside.

40 mins:Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

40 mins:Brian McLean (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

34 mins:Attempt saved. Jonathan Daly (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved.

32 mins:Foul by Keith Watson (Dundee United).

32 mins:Gordon Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick.

31 mins:Goal! Hearts 2, Dundee United 0. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

30 mins:Penalty conceded by Barry Douglas (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

30 mins:Penalty Hearts. Dylan McGowan draws a foul in the penalty area.

27 mins:Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts).

27 mins:Rudolf Skacel (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box.

24 mins:Offside, Dundee United. Rudolf Skacel tries a through ball, but Rudolf Skacel is caught offside.

23 mins:Attempt blocked. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22 mins:Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

22 mins:Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

21 mins:Foul by Brian McLean (Dundee United).

21 mins:John Sutton (Hearts) wins a free kick.

20 mins:Foul by John Sutton (Hearts).

20 mins:Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

20 mins:Foul by Gordon Smith (Hearts).

20 mins:Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

18 mins:Brian McLean (Dundee United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

18 mins:Attempt saved. Jonathan Daly (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.

17 mins:Foul by Gordon Smith (Hearts).

17 mins:Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

15 mins:Goal! Hearts 1, Dundee United 0. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by John Sutton.

14 mins:Corner, Hearts.

12 mins:Foul by Ryan McGowan (Hearts).

12 mins:Barry Douglas (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

3 mins:Foul by Jonathan Daly (Dundee United).

3 mins:Andy Webster (Hearts) wins a free kick.

2 mins:Attempt missed. Jonathan Daly (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

1 mins:Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts).

1 mins:Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) wins a free kick.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 23 December 2012, 4:30pm
  • Tynecastle
  • Attendance: 13,603
HeartsHeartsvDundee UDundee U
2
  • Stevenson, 15
  • Stevenson, pen 31
1
  • Watson, 57

match report

Ryan Stevenson scored twice as Hearts climbed to sixth in the SPL with a 2-1 win over Dundee United at Tynecastle.

In a match where Rudi Skacel was supposed to be the central protagonist on his Tynecastle return, Stevenson put Hearts in front after 15 minutes and added a second from the penalty spot after 31 minutes.

Keith Watson pulled a goal back after 57 minutes but United could not find a second as Hearts climbed above their opponents with victory in their final home match of a tumultuous calendar year.

The most popular man on the pitch was, curiously, a visiting player as Skacel started for an unchanged United.

The Czech international's final appearance of his second spell at Hearts was the 5-1 Scottish Cup final defeat of Hibernian on May 19 and he selected squad number 51 at United, while he was the subject of an ovation from the home faithful in the 51st minute.

It was the second time Skacel had faced Hearts this term since moving to United. He was withdrawn from the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final penalty shootout by United boss Peter Houston.

From the first corner, Skacel tackled Stevenson and cleared, his opponent going to ground in search of a penalty, with appeals ignored.

Moments later Stevenson scored, benefiting from John Sutton occupying the attentions of two defenders and Brian McLean's failure to clear a ball from deep. The ball broke for Stevenson, who simply sidefooted in.

Jamie MacDonald made an instinctive save when Jon Daly met Barry Douglas' free-kick from the left and McLean's torrid afternoon continued as he could only hit the post with the follow up from two yards out.

Dylan McGowan won a penalty when he was bundled over by Willo Flood trying to meet brother Ryan's long throw. Stevenson took the resulting spot-kick and sent Cierzniak the wrong way to score.

McLean headed over from a Flood cross as United resumed on the attack and Hearts were repelling an aerial bombardment when there was the bizarre spectacle of a Tynecastle chorus of "Rudi" complete with the 'we-are-not-worthy' bowing gesture.

Skacel acknowledged with a clap of his hands during a break in play before having a role as United replied. A Douglas free-kick was only half-cleared, Skacel sliced a shot into the ground and Watson turned to fire into the top corner beyond MacDonald.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Russell had a chance to equalise when the ball evaded Marius Zaliukas, but he could only fire over as Hearts finished victorious.

team line-up

1Jamie MacDonald
26Marius Zaliukas
29Kevin McHattie
4Ryan McGowan
5Darren Barr
6Andy Webster
7Ryan Stevenson
11Andrew Driver83
19Dylan McGowan73
12Gordon Smith76
9John Sutton

substitutes

10Mehdi Taouil73
15Jason Holt
33Callum Paterson76
37Dale Carrick
18Arvydas Novikovas83
8Scott Robinson
21Peter Enckelman

referee

Craig Thomson

team line-up

1Radoslaw Cierzniak
5Gavin Gunning
3Barry Douglas
12Keith Watson
4Brian McLean
6Willo Flood
51Rudolf Skacel77
8John Rankin
16Stuart Armstrong86
7Johnny Russell
9Jonathan Daly

substitutes

15Michael Gardyne
20Milos Lacny77
40Darren Petrie
10Richie Ryan
13Steve Banks
18Ryan Dow86
14Mark Millar

referee

Craig Thomson

match stats

possession %3960
shots on target44
shots off target59
corners74
tackles won00
offsides23