Hibee History: Revenge is sweet against Tangerines

Ole Gottskalksson salutes the Hibs fans at the end of the game

Ole Gottskalksson salutes the Hibs fans at the end of the game

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Dundee United returned to Easter Road for the first time since their 2-1 victory in May the previous year had condemned Hibs to relegation.

And the 11,000 crowd, along with an army of armchair viewers, were treated to a Sunday night five-goal thriller.

Twice Hibs were forced to come from behind to clinch a second victory in the space of eight days against a team from Tayside, having thumped Dundee 5-2.

In a rollercoaster of a match United took the lead after just one minute, Billy Dodds latching on to a bad slip by Hibs kid Mark Dempsie to lob the ball over Ole Gottskalksson, the wind threatening to hold it up before it finally dropped into the net despite the goalkeeper’s desperate attempt to push it away.

But only seven minutes later Alex McLeish’s men were level, United defender Jason de Vos going for a Grant Brebner cross with his “wrong” foot and succeeding only in turning it beyond Alan Combe.

Jan Telesnikov, watched by Israel’s national coach Shlomo Scharf, fired United ahead again, though, before the interval only for Russell Latapy to haul Hibs level from the penalty spot.

The “little magician” struck again, looking hopelessly outnumbered with three United defenders around him but twisting and turning to unleash a superb shot to claim his fifth goal in just three games.

Hibs had enjoyed a slice of luck before then, though, Derek Collins popping up on the line to head away a Hugh Davidson effort after Gottskalksson could only parry a Dodds shot.

Lady Luck shone once more on the Capital side when, with only 20 seconds of the four minutes of added injury time on the clock, United were awarded a penalty, Gottskalksson bringing down Joaquim Ferraz and leaving referee Stuart Dougal with no option but to point to the spot.

McLeish conceded he didn’t expect him to miss, but Dodds stepped up and hammered the ball high into the Famous Five Stand.

Afterwards McLeish admitted the fact Hibs had lost two goals or more in their last eight outings was a major concern, although they had scored 15 times themselves in their previous five matches.

McLeish said: “They are putting a hell of a pressure on us, and me, every game. Sometimes I feel we do not play with any conviction, perhaps some players are pinching themselves realising they are playing for a big club in the Premier League.”

Hibs: Gottskalksson, Brebner, Jack, Dennis, Dempsie (Collins, 46), Smith, McGinlay, Sauzee (Henry, 89), Latapy, Paatelainen, Miller.

Dundee Utd: Combe, Pasqual, De Vos, Partridge, Telesnikov, Hannah, Easton (McConalogue, 81), Dodds, Ferraz, Worrell, Davidson (McCulloch, 81).