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Dundee Utd boss Peter Houston joy at third-place finish

Dundee United manager Peter Houston
Peter Houston said his United players deserve credit this season

Dundee United manager Peter Houston praised his side for finishing third in the Scottish Premier League.

Despite losing 2-0 to Hibs at Tannadice on the final day of the season, Houston said: "We did our work four weeks ago.

"I think we're about eight points ahead of the team in fourth place, so that tells me everything.

"It's difficult to keep them going, but it wasn't that important today. We're delighted for the punters because we've got into Europe again."

United have the Scottish Cup final against Ross County to look forward to and Houston insisted that had a bearing on his team selection against Hibs.

"Look at the players who didn't play for us today: Webster, Conway, Goodwillie and Swanson. These guys have done magnificently well to finish so high up in the league this year," said Houston.

"And we're delighted for the punters because we've got into Europe again. Maybe this time next week we'll back in here with a full stadium.

"We tried out hardest today. We put a lot of fringe players in and one or two let themselves down.

"But the biggest concern was getting through the game without any red cards or injuries.

"We've got a big squad to choose from next week and there's going to be a couple of disappointed faces."

Houston stressed that County would not be treated lightly despite their First Division status.

"I've got about seven or eight videos of Ross County and we'll leave no stone unturned," he added.



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