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Dundee United boss Peter Houston hails Cup final win

Dundee United manager Peter Houston with the Scottish Cup
Houston said his United side deserved their cup final win

Peter Houston hailed his Dundee United side after their Scottish Cup final victory over Ross County at Hampden.

"In the first half Ross County sat in and didn't want to lose it," he told BBC Scotland after the 3-0 win.

"We played too many long balls and tried to get in behind them a few times but they held a high line.

"This is the icing on the cake and we're absolutely delighted. I'm so happy; I think there's going to be a massive party in Dundee."

Following a low-key first half at the national stadium, United came flying out of the traps after the break and secured victory courtesy of David Goodwillie's stunning lob and a Craig Conway double.

"It was very congested in the middle of the park; we like to play football and they put an extra in there and had one striker," said Houston.

"I don't think they had a chance really. The second half opened up a wee bit and they went with two up front. I was delighted with that because it opened it up for us."

Houston said he did not read his players the riot act at half-time, despite going in at the break goalless.

"I thought the boys had done magnificently well to contain Ross County; we just made some wrong choices at times.

"But it's hard to have a go at these guys because they've worked ever so hard for us - we've had a magnificent season."

Houston said he was delighted for the United supporters and the Thompson family, who have ploughed money into the club.

"I'm so happy for everyone connected to Dundee United and am so pleased this team gave them the trophy they so desperately wanted."

Houston has been in charge of the first team since Craig Levein left to take the Scotland job.

And he will sit down with United chairman Stephen Thompson next week to decide his future.

Two-goal hero Conway said it was difficult to describe his emotions after helping United to only their second Scottish Cup final victory.

"It's been a long time building up to it and there was a lot of pressure on us to win the game," he told BBC Scotland.

"Thankfully, we've done it. I thought we dominated the game from start to finish and, to score two goals, I can't believe it."

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