In­juries to key men have de­railed the Tan­ger­ines

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couldn’t be blamed. Their suf­fer­ing can have only been made more acute by the fact prior to the St Mir­ren loss their team was fly­ing. The foot­ball be­ing played in the first cou­ple of months of Las­zlo’s reign had been, at times, spec­tac­u­lar.

Pos­ses­sion was be­ing dom­i­nated and chances were be­ing cre­ated. There was a feel­ing, if this form was main­tained, United could steam­roller the divi­sion.

In­stead, just like those mul­tis, they’ve come crash­ing down and now from the rub­ble of the past month we’ve been left try­ing to work out ex­actly why.

It’s hard to say ex­actly but it’s im­pos­si­ble to look at the sit­u­a­tion with­out think­ing the loss of Fraser and deep-ly­ing mid­fielder Fraser Fyvie through se­ri­ous in­jury has hit harder than ex­pected.

That’s not just a prob­lem from within — oth­ers l ook at United with­out that pair and see the chances of beat­ing them greatly im­proved.

Af­ter Satur­day’s loss, an­other old foe in the Mor­ton ranks, ex-Dee Gary Harkins, was asked what the dif­fer­ence be­tween that game and a com­fort­able United suc­cess at Cap­pielow in early De­cem­ber was.

With­out hes­i­ta­tion he named the ab­sence of Fraser and Fyvie.

Both have top-half-of-thePremier­ship quality and “GGH” reck­ons you can’t take that abil­ity out of a Cham­pi­onship team and have a prob­lem.

Judg­ing by this aw­ful Jan­uary, the big man might just be right.

Mor­ton’s win at Tan­nadice capped a mis­er­able Jan­uary for United.

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