King feel­ing United start

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS - BY TOM DUTHIE

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

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