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United manager Peter Houston seeks form of last season

Dundee United manager Peter Houston at Rugby Park
Houston says United are still trying to replicate last season's form

Dundee United are still trying to match the displays of last season, according to manager Peter Houston, speaking after their 2-1 win at Kilmarnock.

He said: "We are missing flair players - Craig Conway and Danny Swanson.

"(Last season) we were entertaining, we were getting crosses into the box, we had Swanson's directness and dribbling skills. We've not got that just now.

"But when you put in Scotty Robertson, Prince Buaben, Morgaro Gomis and David Robertson, you'll get 100% effort."

And the Scotland assistant manager added: "But credit to them, they are in and it is up to Conway and Swanson to try to get back in the team now."

United enjoyed a degree of fortune with their first goal, in the 15th minute, when David Goodwillie's deflected shot beat Cammy Bell in the Killie goal.

I cannot praise the guys highly enough. That's three victories out of four in the league after a stuttery start

Tannadice manager
Peter Houston

And despite being under the cosh, it was the Tayside men who scored the next goal, a 69th-minute header by Goodwillie's strike partner, Jon Daly.

The home side snatched a consolation goal in the 94th minute through Conor Sammon.

Houston added: "Rugby Park is a difficult venue. I think Kilmarnock have improved as a team. Great credit to the boys - we have ground this one out.

"We had to take some pressure at times but we counter-attacked quite well and we have strikers who are doing quite well just now.

"They also do a shift going back as well.

"I cannot praise the guys highly enough. That's three victories out of four in the league after a stuttery start."



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Kilmarnock 1-2 Dundee United
02 Oct 10 |  Scottish Premier


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