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Manager Peter Houston praises Dundee United character

Dundee United players
United dug deep to claim a point at Tynecastle

Dundee United manager Peter Houston felt the endeavours of his side had been rewarded after the 1-1 draw with Hearts at Tynecastle.

United trailed to David Templeton's opener and missed a penalty before Morgaro Gomis's stunning drive rescued a point for the visitors.

"It was fully deserved. Great character shown after a difficult couple of weeks," Houston told BBC Scotland.

"At the end, it was Hearts that were hanging on for a draw."

United are still looking for their first win of the season, having taken two points from their opening three Scottish Premier League matches and also losing one and drawing one of their Europa League play-off games with AEK Athens, the latter of which taking place on Thursday.

"We keep a league run away from home going. We've only lost two games in a year to Celtic and Rangers away from home," said Houston.

It'll be nice that, next weekend, I can give them a couple of days off

Peter Houston

"The boys want to keep that record and today we've had umpteen chances in the second half, especially with a penalty kick saved. Craig Conway cut in a couple of times and the goalkeeper's made great saves.

"We dominated against St Mirren, we should've won that game. Today, I felt we should've won the game as well because I don't remember Dusan Pernis making an awful lot of saves, but I certainly saw the Hearts goalkeeper making a couple of great saves.

"The thing that disappointed me was that we lost a goal on a counter attack from our corner. We nearly scored at one end and they counter-attacked and it was poor defending that let them score.

"But today I couldn't fault my players at all, I thought they were magnificent. Their attitude is spot on and we'll win more games than we lose if we keep playing like that."

And Houston was impressed with Gomis's long-range strike.

"I was expecting it to go into the Dundee United fans behind the goals," Houston said.

"Morgaro has got a good strike, but he sometimes snatches at them.

"Scoring a goal like that should give him confidence and I think that's what's lacking in his game, a wee bit more confidence in his own game."

Houston is now looking forward to the international break and a chance for his players to recharge their batteries.

"It'll be nice that, next weekend, I can give them a couple of days off," he added.

"Since we came back at the end of June, we've been at it full-stop, we've done a lot of travelling to away games.

"But, with the effort, commitment, desire and some good play today, they've earned the fact that they'll get a couple of days off."

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