Derby scorer Cammy Smith believes that Dundee United supporters deserved to see their side beat rivals Dundee 6-2 at Tannadice on Friday night.
Smith was one of five United different players to score in their win over Dundee, with the forward scoring the sixth United goal of the game. He has paid tribute to United supporters for their continued backing despite the disappointments of recent seasons.
“I think the supporters here have had it tough over the last three or four years,” he said.
“Nights like Friday night they will remember, they can go into work on Monday and they can rub it into their work pals.
“So, it is a win, it is three points, but we know it is a long season.
“The supporters definitely do deserve it because they continue to support us.
“Last week they were at Dunfermline and we had two and a half thousand.
“So, it is a big following, and if we can get it right there is a lot of potential.”
Whilst Dundee United went into the game as favourites, few could have predicted such a convincing score line in the home side’s favour. Smith, who was experiencing his first Dundee Derby, believes that the team’s approach to the game was pivotal in securing the win.
“Personally, it was my first Dundee Derby, and as a team it was probably a lot of our first, but we prepared all week,” he said.
“We knew their strengths and their weaknesses, and we were prepared to go out and get the match won.
“To do it as comfortably as we did was probably not what we expected, but 6-2 at home in front of a full house, you couldn’t have asked for any more.
“I think the way we went about it, the approach, we deserved it.”
Smith admits that games like the Dundee Derby are a part of why one becomes a footballer, however he is at pains to ensure he and his teammates do not get carried away as the season is just four games in.
“That is the games you want to play in,” he said.
“You want to play in full houses, big atmospheres, and I think we relished that.
“The boys responded to the fans, we got the goals at the right time, we were in their faces, and we definitely deserved the points, but Dundee will come back.
“We know were only four games into the season, there is a long, long way to go.
“We will keep our feet on the ground, and it was back to work yesterday and ready for another week.”
Meanwhile, Fraser Aird and Frederic Frans have both left the club by mutual agreement, while Osman Sow has joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until January.