Dundee United Preview

Last updated : 06 May 2004 By Firparkcorner

United are just two points behind us and the maintenance of fifth place now becomes the only competitive issue remaining. Terry Butcher has made it clear to the players that the pattern of defeats suffered to date in the top six should not be allowed to continue.

Contract issues should be laid to one side this weekend and the team will have to recover some of the fighting spirit which has characterised the majority of the season.

Keith Lasley will miss out as he completes his ban, while the visitors have Barry Robson suspended. Shaun Fagan, will probably retain his midfield role and his confidence will be boosted by his inclusion in the national U21 squad. Congratulations are also due to Willie Kinniburgh for his selection in Bonhof’s squad.

The players will have to adjust to a bumpy, sandy surface and the chance to play neat passing moves will have to give way to long balls over the top of the opposition defence. David Clarkson covered miles at Ibrox last week and the top scorer seems to have benefited from his recent rest period.

United have not had a victory since they beat us at Tannadice at the end of March and they may see this match as their chance to break their top six duck. We have the edge over them so far this season with six points gained from a possible nine and there is no reason why we cannot take another three points from Saturday’s game. 2-0 to the Mighty ‘Well.

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