Murray wants to keep the ‘real party’ for pro­mo­tion

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOOTBALL - EUAN McARTHUR

SI­MON MURRAY en­joyed a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion hav­ing helped Dundee United se­cure sil­ver­ware – but in­sists the real party will come if they can clinch pro­mo­tion.

Murray, 25, played a star­ring role in Saturday’s 2-1 Irn Bru Cup Fi­nal win over St Mir­ren at Fir Park as his inch­per­fect cross set up su­per sub Thomas Mikkelsen for his 75th-minute headed win­ner.

The Dun­do­nian savoured a fam­ily party fol­low­ing the Fir Park vic­tory which Ray McKin­non’s side hope can kick-start their pro­mo­tion push ahead of tonight’s visit of Ayr United to Tan­nadice.

Murray ad­mits he found a lit­tle time to re­lax while they soaked up the feel­ing of be­ing cup win­ners, but all eyes are on try­ing to spark a pro­mo­tion party come the end of the sea­son in their quest to seal a Cham­pi­onship play-off place.

Murray said: “It was a nice day. So they got the bar­be­cue on and I had some food. But we were train­ing on Sun­day so that was it for me. Ayr’s an­other big game and we want to build on win­ning the cup by get­ting back win­ning in the league be­tween now and the end of the sea­son so we can get pro­mo­tion.

“We’ve been go­ing through a tough run in the league for how­ever long, but this can give us the big lift we need. It gets our con­fi­dence back and we know we can push on from here. As long as we can get Dundee United back into the top di­vi­sion, I’ll be de­lighted.”

Murray moved to United two years ago from min­nows Ar­broath and the lo­cal lad ad­mits he’ll trea­sure Saturday’s tri­umph in La­nark­shire. His classy cross was per­fect for Dan­ish hit­man Mikkelsen who sup­plied the all-im­por­tant fin­ish­ing touch and the red-haired striker was more than happy with his vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion.

Mean­while, man­ager McKin­non is urg­ing his side to use Saturday’s win as a cat­a­lyst for a re­turn to form in the Cham­pi­onship hav­ing lost their last three league out­ings to leave them sit­ting fourth. He said; “This has given ev­ery­one a big boost. We wanted to win the cup all along and have done so. Now we have to fo­cus on the league cam­paign again start­ing with Ayr United.”

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