Dundee United 2 Hearts 0
Wed 16th Mar 7.45pm
Two late Johnny Russell goals moved Dundee United up into fourth place in the table after a deserved 2-0 triumph against Hearts at Tannadice.
Russell headed over goalkeeper Marian Kello from Keith Watson's cross to open the scoring with just seven minutes remaining before adding his second during injury-time following Paul Dixon's delivery.
After Ian Black had despatched an early shot straight at Dusan Pernis, it was Goodwillie soon heading a Watson cross over at the opposite end.
Hearts keeper Kello then snatched gratefully to avoid a potential own goal from Marius Zaliukas before Ryan Stevenson forced opposite number Pernis into action and David Templeton was also wide of the mark from distance.
However, it took a great save from Kello to deny Goodwillie as he turned over his volley before Hearts responded with Stephen Elliott hooking wide when well-placed.
Goodwillie then struck beyond the near post before Watson set up Russell to head in late on and send the hosts towards a fourth straight league victory.
And after the tricky Templeton had volleyed wide from a sharp angle in reply, the outcome was confirmed as Russell turned in his second of the evening during added time.
Dundee United: Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Douglas (Swanson 68), Watson, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Gomis, Daly, Goodwillie, Russell
subs (unused): Banks, van der Meulen, Kovacevic, Allan, Armstrong, Shala
Goals: Russell (83, 90)
Hearts: Kello, Wallace, Webster, Ismael Bouzid (Driver 55), Thomson, Zaliukas, Black (Obua 86), Templeton, Stevenson, Mrowiec, Elliott (Glen 75)
subs (unused): MacDonald, Thomson, Skacel, Robinson
Ref: I. Brines