Tue 22 December 2020 | 16:37

Dundee United learned from their Killie mistakes and are redeveloping

The Dundee United manager believes the defeat his side experienced at Kilmarnock has had a significant impact on their return to the Scottish Premiership.

Micky Mellon

is determined not to compare tomorrow’s clash with


with that harsh 4-0 defeat in August.

Remembering their first clash with Killie, Mellon stated: “

We kind of get sucked in a bit where we left ourselves a wee bit vulnerable and gave away a few sloppy goals. Kilmarnock were able to score four goals against us and all credit to them for that.

“But from our point of view there were basics that you can’t let yourselves down with at this level and we got shown that that day. We over-committed at times and got caught on the counter-attack.

“But we learned from that and made sure we moved on, and that’s been part of our redevelopment as a Premiership team; learning that if you give chances away at this level and don’t do the basics well then you will get punished.

“I don’t know if we can get involved in kind of a revenge thing. We are a club that’s always said that as we move we would always learn about the group and try and improve for the next game.

“We had all the possession against Kilmarnock, probably more than we have had in any other game, and ended up losing 4-0.

So we learned very quickly that possession has to be used properly and even though you’ve got the ball, you have to make sure you set that safety up.

“Within that we learned about basics, stopping crosses and picking people up in the box. It was just a learning curve as every game has been


Dundee United

began the game utilizing their three frontmen – Nicky Clark, Marc McNulty, and Lawrence Shankland – to secure a draw at Hibernian on Saturday, and are the United manager is relying on the attacking trio to perform greatly in other games as well.

We hope so but every game is different and we didn’t think it was quite clicking on Saturday,

” he said.

Although the three of them were always a threat, we didn’t get what we wanted out of it


We always had the back-up of going to two wingers, that’s why we had wide men on the bench.

“When we introduced two wide men and put McNulty up front, it just seemed to give us a wee bit more going forward


The pleasing thing is we can go to different systems and personnel depending on how the game is going, same as we did against Hamilton when we moved from a back five to a back four when were 1-0 down and ended up winning 2-1.

“Other people say: ‘Why don’t you just start like that?’. But if we start like that we can still convert it to the other way and get results.

“It’s good the players can play to a set of principles and can switch systems in order to pick up points.”

source: SportMob

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