Hibernian 1-1 Dundee Utd- Match Report
Report of match 17th August 2013
Hibernian 1-1 Dundee Utd- Match Report.
Robertson rescues Hibs
Scott Robertson's late equaliser relieved the pressure on under-fire Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon as the Edinburgh club ended a run of four-straight defeats to draw 1-1 with Dundee United.
Stuart Armstrong had put the Tannadice men ahead after 29 minutes as it appeared Fenlon's 18-month spell as manager was in real jeopardy.
The Leith side have suffered the humiliation of a 9-0 aggregate defeat to Europa League rivals Malmo and defeat in last week's Edinburgh derby already this season, and the reaction to the Arabs' opener was a chorus of furious boos from the home support.
One fan in the Main Stand even had to be restrained after darting from his seat to berate chairman Rod Petrie in the directors' box.
There was controversy too 19 minutes after the interval when both Hibs' Kevin Thomson and Tangerines defender Gavin Gunning were dismissed after an off-the-ball collision.
But Robertson's stunning leveller may yet prove to be Irishman Fenlon's salvation as Hibs finally collected their first Scottish Premiership point of the campaign.
If Fenlon hoped for a swashbuckling display to win over his detractors, he was let down by a messy opening 20 minutes in which neither side looked capable of stringing more than a pass or two together.
It was a spell where even the most basic control looked a task too far for some of the players and where bodies inevitably ended up tangled together as moves broke down.
As such, Hibs right-back Fraser Mullen collected the game's first caution for a wild lunge on Gary Mackay-Steven.
Ryan Dow did split the home defence after a quarter of an hour but David Goodwillie's first touch stuck under his feet and Michael Nelson raced in to cover.
The Scotland striker's control again let him down as Mackay-Steven found him at the back post but he recovered to wriggle free on the byline before cutting back for Armstrong, whose shot was blocked by Robertson's last-ditch block 10 yards from goal.
John Rankin then fired over from Mackay-Steven's cut-back after he skipped his way past the befuddled Mullen but United's pressure soon told as Armstrong put them ahead just before the half-hour mark.
Ryan Butcher sent a 40-yard crossfield pass to the Scotland Under-21 skipper on the edge of the Hibs box and with the Leith back four nowhere to be seen, he was able to make up for a heavy touch by sliding the ball beyond keeper Ben Williams into the corner of the net.
The angry boos from the frustrated home support were to be expected but Fenlon tried to take the initiative by replacing the toiling Mullen with Ryan McGivern six minutes before the break.
James Collins' 25-yard strike, beaten away by Radoslaw Cierzniak, was the best the home side managed before the break and Fenlon was again treated to the sound of his own supporters telling him exactly what they thought as the whistle went for half-time.
The chances continued to fall for United, with Goodwillie wasting Sean Dillon's centre with a miscued header after 56 minutes while Andrew Robertson found the side-netting after racing forward from left-back.
But eight minutes later the game exploded as Thomson and Gunning were shown straight red cards.
A bouncing ball on the edge of the United box saw the pair come together before Thomson reacted furiously to the Arab defender's robust challenge.
But even after referee Crawford Allan cleared a scrum of players to flash red at both, the pair were at it again as they were separated once again on their way off the pitch.
The confrontation seemed to raise Hibs' hackles and Liam Craig took his frustrations out on the ball by lashing a fierce drive at Cierzniak, who had to push it over his crossbar.
Williams then denied United substitute Brian Graham after he was sent clear by Ryan Gauld but the save proved crucial as Hibs levelled with nine minutes left.
Robertson first tried to hit one from 25 yards out but saw it blocked by a United leg. The former Scotland midfielder remained alert, however, and smash the rebound into the bottom corner.
|Competition: Scottish Premiership Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Easter Road Stadium Attendance: 9,171|
|1 - 1||Dundee Utd.
|95+0||Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick.|
|91+0||Corner taken by Ryan Dow from the left by-line.|
|89||Clearance made by Michael Nelson.|
|88||Andrew Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Handling.|
|87||Ryan McGivern takes a shot and cleared the goal.|
|87||Ryan McGivern delivers the ball.|
|86||Ryan Gauld takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.|
|86||Liam Craig shoots direct from the free kick. Radoslaw Cierzniak catches the ball.|
|85||(Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Tom Taiwo coming on for Scott Robertson.|
|85||Foul by Andrew Robertson on Danny Handling, free kick awarded.|
|84||Brian Graham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig.|
|83||James Collins takes a shot and cleared the net.|
|82||Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.|
|82||Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.|
|82||Ryan Dow restarts play with the free kick.|
|82||John Rankin fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick.|
|81||Scott Robertson slots the ball right footed into the goal. Hibernian 1-1 Dundee Utd.|
|80||Ryan Dow is shown a yellow card.|
|80||Foul by Ryan Dow on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded.|
|79||Rowan Vine goes off and Sam Stanton comes on.|
|79||The ball is sent over by Ryan McGivern.|
|78||Ryan Dow has an effort at goal. Ben Williams parries the ball away.|
|77||Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig.|
|74||Shot by Liam Craig went wide right of the net.|
|73||Lewis Stevenson produces a cross.|
|72||Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Dow.|
|71||Corner taken by Ryan Dow.|
|71||Lewis Stevenson manages to make a clearance.|
|69||Corner taken by Liam Craig.|
|68||Corner taken by Liam Craig.|
|65||Liam Craig goes into the referee's book for dissent.|
|65||Gavin Gunning is shown a red card for violent conduct.|
|62||Brian Graham replaces David Goodwillie.|
|61||Andrew Robertson takes a shot and went wide left of the target.|
|59||Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the free kick.|
|59||Rowan Vine receives a caution.|
|59||Unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning by Rowan Vine results in a free kick.|
|57||Free kick taken by Radoslaw Cierzniak.|
|57||Ryan McGivern gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Paton.|
|56||Ryan McGivern delivers the ball.|
|55||Header at goal by David Goodwillie misses to the right.|
|53||The ball is sent over by Michael Nelson.|
|53||Michael Nelson restarts play with the free kick.|
|53||Gary Mackay-Steven concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Robertson.|
|52||Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.|
|52||John Rankin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Handling.|
|51||Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.|
|50||Unfair challenge on Paul Paton by Rowan Vine results in a free kick.|
|49||Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.|
|49||Foul by Kevin Thomson on Stuart Armstrong, free kick awarded.|
|47||Corner taken by Scott Robertson from the right by-line.|
|46+0||Corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line.|
|46+0||Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.|
|46+0||Danny Handling fouled by Andrew Robertson, the ref awards a free kick.|
|42||Header at goal by Gavin Gunning misses to the right.|
|42||Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Dow.|
|39||Ryan Dow is ruled offside.|
|38||(Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Ryan McGivern coming on for Fraser Mullen.|
|38||Centre by Lewis Stevenson.|
|35||Free kick taken by Paul Paton.|
|35||Kevin Thomson challenges Stuart Armstrong unfairly and gives away a free kick.|
|32||Michael Nelson restarts play with the free kick.|
|32||Corner taken by Ryan Dow from the right by-line.|
|31||Centre by Andrew Robertson.|
|29||Stuart Armstrong scores with a right foot finish. Hibernian 0-1 Dundee Utd.Assist by Calum Butcher.|
|26||Free kick crossed by Ryan Dow.|
|26||Michael Nelson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven.|
|25||John Rankin takes a shot and cleared the bar.|
|24||The ball is delivered by Fraser Mullen.|
|22||Unfair challenge on James Collins by Sean Dillon results in a free kick.|
|22||Shot by John Rankin missed to the right of the target.|
|20||Ryan Dow sends in a cross.|
|20||Corner taken by Ryan Dow.|
|19||Stuart Armstrong takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Hanlon.|
|19||The ball is delivered by David Goodwillie.|
|18||Header at goal by Calum Butcher misses to the right.|
|18||Corner taken by Ryan Dow.|
|17||Clearance by Michael Nelson.|
|15||Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.|
|15||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Paton by Kevin Thomson.|
|14||Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.|
|13||Corner taken by Scott Robertson from the left by-line.|
|10||Free kick crossed by Ryan Dow.|
|10||Fraser Mullen challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick.|
|3||Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.|
|3||Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Paul Paton.|
|2||Ryan Dow restarts play with the free kick.|
|1||Gavin Gunning takes the free kick.|
|1||Paul Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie.|
|1||The referee blows for offside.|