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Penalty rescues lucky Hearts

Dundee United 1 Hearts 1
By John Campbell
A HEARTS side reeling from suggestions that majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov is in charge of team selection scored a controversial late penalty to rescue a dramatic draw against Dundee United.

The home side had taken the lead in the 34th minute when Grant Brebner headed Charlie Mulgrew’s cross past Craig Gordon, but Alan Archibald’s foul on Steven Pressley allowed Paul Hartley to score from the spot.

In a dramatic conclusion to the game, Barry Robson was dismissed in the 85th minute for a foul on Pressley, only to be followed by Julien Brellier for a push on David McCracken.

Hearts surprisingly made six changes to the side which defeated Aberdeen 3-0 on Saturday.

A drab start saw Collin Samuel fire an eighth-minute shot well wide, while a Hartley effort which deflected for a corner off David McCracken was all the visitors could muster.

That was until the 16th minute, when Czech winger Ludek Straceny surged past Mulgrew towards the byline, but although his cut-back found the unmarked Michal Pospisil six yards from goal, somehow the striker completely missed his kick and the ball ran harmlessly out of play.

Fittingly, the opening goal was scrappy, Brebner meeting a Mulgrew cross at the back post to bundle United into the lead.

Craig Gordon tried in vain to block the relatively weak effort, which appeared to take a deflection off Fyssas, but only succeeded in pushing the ball inside his left-hand post.

Eight minutes from time, Hearts were awarded what looked a very soft penalty kick.

As Archibald jostled with Pressley to win Hartley’s flighted free-kick, referee Dougie McDonald adjudged that the United defender had fouled his opponent and Hartley was afforded the chance to equalise from the spot.

The midfielder coolly rolled the ball past Derek Stillie to score his 11th goal of the season, before Robson and Brellier were dismissed in an eventful conclusion.

DUNDEE UTD: Stillie, Duff, McCracken, Archibald, Mulgrew, Kerr, McInnes, Brebner, Robson, Fernandez, Samuel (Miller 90).

HEARTS: Gordon, Petras (Neilson 57), Pressley, Berra, Fyssas, Hartley, Brellier, Skacel, Elliot, Pospisil (Cesnauskis 65), Straceny (Mikoliunas 75).

Ref: D McDonald.

 

Penalty rescues lucky Hearts

Dundee United 1 Hearts 1
By John Campbell
A HEARTS side reeling from suggestions that majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov is in charge of team selection scored a controversial late penalty to rescue a dramatic draw against Dundee United.

The home side had taken the lead in the 34th minute when Grant Brebner headed Charlie Mulgrew’s cross past Craig Gordon, but Alan Archibald’s foul on Steven Pressley allowed Paul Hartley to score from the spot.

In a dramatic conclusion to the game, Barry Robson was dismissed in the 85th minute for a foul on Pressley, only to be followed by Julien Brellier for a push on David McCracken.

Hearts surprisingly made six changes to the side which defeated Aberdeen 3-0 on Saturday.

A drab start saw Collin Samuel fire an eighth-minute shot well wide, while a Hartley effort which deflected for a corner off David McCracken was all the visitors could muster.

That was until the 16th minute, when Czech winger Ludek Straceny surged past Mulgrew towards the byline, but although his cut-back found the unmarked Michal Pospisil six yards from goal, somehow the striker completely missed his kick and the ball ran harmlessly out of play.

Fittingly, the opening goal was scrappy, Brebner meeting a Mulgrew cross at the back post to bundle United into the lead.

Craig Gordon tried in vain to block the relatively weak effort, which appeared to take a deflection off Fyssas, but only succeeded in pushing the ball inside his left-hand post.

Eight minutes from time, Hearts were awarded what looked a very soft penalty kick.

As Archibald jostled with Pressley to win Hartley’s flighted free-kick, referee Dougie McDonald adjudged that the United defender had fouled his opponent and Hartley was afforded the chance to equalise from the spot.

The midfielder coolly rolled the ball past Derek Stillie to score his 11th goal of the season, before Robson and Brellier were dismissed in an eventful conclusion.

DUNDEE UTD: Stillie, Duff, McCracken, Archibald, Mulgrew, Kerr, McInnes, Brebner, Robson, Fernandez, Samuel (Miller 90).

HEARTS: Gordon, Petras (Neilson 57), Pressley, Berra, Fyssas, Hartley, Brellier, Skacel, Elliot, Pospisil (Cesnauskis 65), Straceny (Mikoliunas 75).

Ref: D McDonald.