King feeling United start
RELAXED probably isn’t the right word to described Billy King’s frame of mind when Dundee United were suffering some early-season teething problems a while back.
But one thing the wide-man certainly wasn’t doing was panicking.
Without being arrogant about it, he admits the quality of the squad at Tannadice was too high for things not to come good.
And that’s why he’s not surprised the Tangerines are heading for Livingston tomorrow just a point off the pace at the top of the Championship and looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to what would be an impressive seven games.
“We brought in a lot of new players over the summer, myself included, and things did not click right away,” said the former Hearts man.
“But when I looked around the dressing-room and saw some of the players in there, I knew we would.
“There were too many good players for us not to click.”
United now have and, as well as the individual talent in Ray McKinnon’s squad, King’s confidence has been further boosted by the nature of recent wins over Morton and high-flying Dunfermline.
“We have players who individually can produce things that will win games but, as a unit, I thought we looked good.
“Going down to Dunfermline in the last league game, we knew it would be a hard one because they were top and were the high scorers in the division.
“We knew we would have to defend well and I thought we went there and did that.
“We also played some really good football on the counter-attack and controlled the game well.
“We were two up by half-time and, when you do that against a team who’ve been playing well, it gives you a lot of confidence.”
Ideally that East End Park success just under a fortnight ago would have seen another league encounter follow quickly.
The international break meant that wasn’t to be but he believes last weekend’s victory for a young team over Linfield in the Irn-Bru Cup was another positive.
“It was another win and we are now on a good run.
“That builds confidence as well and,
Tangerines wide-man Billy King. Billy King will be looking for his Dundee United team-mates to keep their winning