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Dundee United 2-0 Hibernian

Darren Dods watches as his header gives United a second-half lead
Darren Dods watches as his header gives United a second-half lead

Second-half goals by Darren Dods and Franciso Sandaza extended Dundee United's unbeaten run to 10 games.

After a goalless first half, United took the lead in 53 minutes when Dods headed home a Craig Conway cross.

Just six minutes later, the Terrors caught the Hibernian defence sleeping at a free-kick and Sandaza was unmarked in the box to head past Andy McNeil.

Hibernian had their chances, most notably when Ross Chisholm volleyed from 20 yards but Lukasz Zaluska saved.

United welcomed Hibernian to Tannadice determined to avenge the 2-1 defeat in September, the Terrors' last league reverse.

Manager Craig Levein drafted in Roy O'Donovan for Warren Feeney, the only change from the team that beat Aberdeen on Saturday.

Sandaza has been troubling SPL defences in recent week and in the 11th minute he squeezed the ball through for O'Donovan, but he screwed his shot wide from 12 yards.

Conway was next to threaten McNeil in the Hibernian goal, powering in a shot after 20 minutes.

But it wasn't one-way traffic. As the match progressed, Hibs gained confidence and were almost gifted a goal when defender Dods was slack with a back pass.

His error was seized upon by Colin Nish, whose back-heel gave Derek Riordan a chance, but Zaluska was quick to gather.

Chisholm's left-footed volley from outside the box was the pick of the Hibees' chances. It was a wonderful strike from 20 yards, but Zaluska got a powerful hand to it and turned it round for the visitors' first corner.

United's goal was under threat again when Nish took advantage of Dods' dithering and curled a shot which Zaluska managed to beat away.

The Terrors took the lead in 53 minutes from a fabulous header by Dods, the big defender getting on the end of a Conway cross from the left.

McNeil sprung to his right and was at full stretch as the ball sailed by him into the net.

If Mixu Paatelainen was upset at the defending for United's first, he must have been shaking his head in disbelief at their second.

The Hibs defence was sleeping as Paul Dixon took a quick free-kick on the left flank.

The alert Conway lofted the ball into the box where Sandaza, unmarked, had the luxury of a free header from seven yards.

Dundee United manager Craig Levein:
"I thought we edged the first half but it was more even. But in the second half we were far more positive.

"The difference for me in the second half was Craig Conway, he typified the performance.

"In the first half, every touch he took was back towards his own goal and in the second half every one he took was forward.

"Don't get me wrong, I thought it was an excellent performance all round, but he typified the difference in the second half."

Hibernian manager Mixu Paatelainen:
"At the attacking end in the second half we could have scored before they scored.

"Colin Nish had a fantastic effort. What a save that was from their keeper, and credit to him because that kept them in the game.

"Goals change matches and if that had gone in it could have been a totally different game.

"But these are ifs and buts. We lost the game because we didn't score a goal and we conceded two. Quite simply, at both ends, we must do better."

Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Dillon, Wilkie, Dods, Dixon, Flood, Scott Robertson, Gomis, Conway, O'Donovan (Goodwillie 90), Sandaza.
Subs Not Used: McGovern, Daly, David Robertson, Swanson, Kenneth, Kovacevic.

Booked: Wilkie.

Goals: Dods 54, Sandaza 60.

Hibernian: McNeil, Bamba, Hogg, Thicot, Murray, Rankin, Chisholm (Campbell 84), Keenan (O'Brien 72), Shiels, Nish (Pinau 72), Riordan.
Subs Not Used: Ma-Kalambay, van Zanten, Yantorno, Stevenson.

Booked: Bamba.

Attendance: 7,490

Referee: E Smith

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