Dundee United ease past Hearts

Dundee United's resurgence under new manager Jackie McNamara continued as they saw off 10-man Hearts 3-1 at Tannadice to make it back-to-back victories.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 17:58 Post Comment

Johnny Russell: Opened the scoring early on for Dundee United

Johnny Russell: Opened the scoring early on for Dundee United

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Tangerines got off to a flying start through Johnny Russell's second-minute opener before John McGlynn's visitors had Ryan Stevenson sent off for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven midway through the first half.

Willo Flood made it 2-0 for McNamara's side on 62 minutes only for Michael Ngoo to pull one back for the Jambos in the 76th.

Despite their best efforts to force a late equaliser it was the revitalised hosts who ran out winners, with substitute Michael Gardyne sealing matters in the final minute.

United did not have long to wait on their return SPL action before breaking the deadlock against a stunned Hearts side, with John Rankin's cross being met by Russell, who took the ball off the toe of team-mate Stuart Armstrong before swivelling and finishing with his right foot low into Jamie MacDonald's right-hand corner from eight yards.

Hearts suffered a blow in the 19th minute when skipper Marius Zaliukas was forced to go off injured after clashing with Russell and then appearing to land awkwardly on his ankle.

A minute later, though, they brought out a fine save from United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak in their first real attack of the game. Defender Danny Wilson fed fellow on-loan Liverpool player Ngoo, who wasted no time in firing in a 22-yard shot which Cierzniak did well to fist to safety.

But on 25 minutes Stevenson was sent off for a challenge on Mackay-Steven. The Hearts midfielder appeared to go in on high on the United winger and referee Willie Collum showed no hesitation in producing a straight red card despite Heart's bitter protests.

The second half was a flat affair until the 56th minute, when visiting keeper MacDonald dived smartly to deny Daly a goal.

But in the 62nd minute the hosts extended their lead to 2-0. A slick one-two involving Russell and Flood saw former Celtic midfielder Flood steady himself before slotting a perfect left-foot finish past the helpless MacDonald.

A few minutes later, Hearts came close at the other end when Gavin Gunning's mistake allowed Ngoo to gain possession and his raking 20-yard drive came crashing back off Cierzniak's bar.

In the 76th minute, Hearts gave themselves some hope when United failed to clear Fraser Mullen's corner and Ngoo pounce to drive a shot home from 12 yards.

But any hopes they had of a comeback ended in the 89th minute when Rankin released Daly, who cut the ball back for substitute Gardyne to finish from point-blank range.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 23 November 2014
12:45
Partick 0-1 Aberdeen  
Saturday, 22 November 2014
15:00
Celtic 2-1 Dundee  
Dundee U 3-1 Kilmarnock  
Hamilton 3-0 St Mirren  
Inverness 3-1 Motherwell  
St J'stone 2-1 Ross Co  
Sunday, 09 November 2014
12:30
Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic Report
Saturday, 08 November 2014
15:00
Dundee 1-1 St J'stone Report
Inverness 4-2 Hamilton  
Kilmarnock 0-3 Ross Co  

Footer 365

Premier League: Leicester's Nigel Pearson not letting pressure get to him

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is determined not to let the pressure affect him as his side's wait for a win continues.

Ligue 1: Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier describes Brandao's prison sentence as 'an aberration'

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has described the prison sentence imposed on Brandao as "an aberration".

Premier League: Sean Dyche not letting Burnley's winning run get him too excited

Sean Dyche is taking each game as it comes as he looks to lift Burnley out of the Premier League's bottom three.

Mail Box

Sanchez: A Sliding Doors Moment For Pool

One Liverpool fan regrets the club's failure to sign Alexis Sanchez and thinks Brendan Rodgers and Co should now target the domestic cups. A lot has changed in 12 months...

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property