United’s steel is a good sign

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

LAST night was a pleas­ant sur­prise for Dundee United fans, I fancy.

Hard as it was to see the Tan­ger­ines put a big dent in my side’s play-off hopes, it was dif­fi­cult not to be im­pressed by the way United went about things in Dum­fries.

Since the in­juries to Fraser Fyvie and Scott Fraser, Cs­aba Las­zlo’s side haven’t shown any­thing like the con­trol over a game that they did yes­ter­day.

For me, that came from us­ing Paul Quinn (above) as a de­fen­sive mid­fielder, ef­fec­tively giv­ing them three cen­tre-backs when things got a bit wor­ry­ing.

And that’s the key thing, they looked to­tally as­sured in the fi­nal half-hour with the score at 3-1.

Yes, Derek Lyle had two goals chopped off for off­side but other than that the United de­fence was never opened up.

It does help when you in­jure the op­po­nents’ best player, though!

It looked ac­ci­den­tal but I’m sure Willo Flood wasn’t overly up­set to see

Stephen Dob­bie hob­ble off.

He now might not even make the game at Tan­nadice next week.

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