Dundee United have overtaken Hibs to claim third spot in the Scottish Premiership after a comfortable 3-0 win at Easter Road for Thomas Courts’ side this afternoon.
Hibs boss Jack Ross made 2 changes to the side that lost 2-1 away to Rangers at Ibrox, Jamie Murphy coming in for Paul McGinn and Nathan Wood making his debut for the Easter Road side, coming in for the suspended Ryan Porteous.
Dundee United made one change, giving a start to Declan Glass for the first time since September 2020, when the midfielder played in a 2-1 win for the Tangerines against St Mirren.
The visitors camped themselves in the Hibs half in the opening exchanges of the game but couldn’t muster a way to break the home side’s back line, Matt Macey was called upon on 24 minutes, palming away an Ilmari Niskanen effort.
Dundee United took the lead on the stroke of half time, Nicky Clark collecting the ball following some good build-up play before planting a fine effort into the low bottom right corner beyond the reach of Matt Macey.
It wasn’t an exhilarating 1st half but Tam Courts’s side were efficient in their play and got their just rewards thanks to a patience in their play against a Hibs side who were pitiful.
Ryan Edwards doubled United’s advantage 7 minutes after the restart, A corner was cleared only as far as Glass who found Scott McMann on the left. The full-back swinging in a peach of a cross which was thundered into the net by the head of Edwards which doubled the lead for the Tannadice side.
The game was killed as a contest in the 74th minute as Dundee United scored a 3rd, Lovely combination play from Pawlett and Clark released Niskanen into the area who unselfishly squared to the unmarked Kieran Freeman for a tap-in.
With Dundee United overtaking Hibs to go third, here are three things we learned from the game:
Dundee United deserve every approbation they will get following this result in the capital, the 1st half failed to spice up but once Nicky Clark gifted Tam Courts’s side the opener, there was no turning back for the visitors with Ryan Edwards and Niskanen adding further prestige to a good afternoon’s work for the visitors.
Third for Dundee United
After the Aberdeen defeat in August, there were clear the air discussions in the United camp, it has turned to fruition with the Tangerines undefeated in 5 now on league terms, progression is an understatement under Tam Courts and the exciting thing is that they want to build on the meticulous standards they have set.
Disappointment for Hibs
Once Clark guided the visitors in front before half time, Hibs had no answer, only 1 shot on target across 90 minutes tells a story and it’s back to the drawing board before a trip to Aberdeen next weekend.
Hibernian: Macey, Doig, Hanlon, Cadden, Wood, Doyle-Hayes, Newell, Allan, Boyle, Murphy, Nisbet
Subs: Dabrowski, Wright, Gogic, Stevenson, Scott, McGregor, Gullan
Dundee United: Siegrist, Mulgrew, Niskanen, McMann, Pawlett, Clark, Edwards, Freeman, Harkes, Glass, Fuchs
Subs: Newman, Mochrie, Chalmers, Biamou, Appere, Hoti, K.Smith
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