Craig Easton sees positive signs ahead of Dundee United’s IRN-BRU Cup clash with Alloa Athletic

Dundee United reserve team manager Craig Easton says that he has seen positives in every game so far as he seeks to develop players for the first team at Tannadice.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s IRN-BRU Cup match at Tannadice against Alloa Athletic, the recently appointed reserve team boss said “There’s definitely things we have seen people progressing in since we’ve come in, which is good. There is a long way to go but at the same time there is positives in every game. I think I have seen positives in terms of individuals and that is all I can ask for.”

In the previous round, United had to overturn a two-goal deficit at home to St Johnstone Colts to progress. A Paul McMullan double, including an injury time winner, provided the victory for United and for Easton it underlines the importance of games like this for first team fringe players.

“These boys need to prove themselves against this type of team to say, ‘look can I move on to the next stage?’, and the ones that haven’t been playing in the first team, it is just a good opportunity to get some real football, real minutes and a competitive sort of atmosphere as well.

“So, I think they will take the responsibility to help the younger boys that are a wee bit new to this type of game. I think everybody gets something out of it.”

While pleased with the character shown to come back against St Johnstone Colts, Easton said, “I would rather not go down 2-0 and have to come back to win 3-2 in the last-minute, but if that happens great because it was a really good comeback. We showed a lot of resilience and character in that game.”

Meanwhile, Archie Thomas has come back from his injury, but Logan Chalmers has a knee problem which will see him out of contention for Saturday’s game. Kieran Inglis has also recovered from his broken arm. However, Easton believes it is too early for him to make a return to action.

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