Dundee United: Stanton excited for trip to Partick Thistle

Dundee United’s Sam Stanton is excited for the visit to Partick Thistle on Friday night after the team set down a marker with such a good performance in the opening game of the new league campaign.

United started the new Scottish Championship campaign with a 4-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and Stanton believes that the team couldn’t have started the season much better.

“I think it is good to try and lay down a marker at the start of the season, and I don’t think we could do that in a much better way,” he said.

“Everyone on the pitch was great, and it was obviously a good scoreline, so it was a nice way to start.”

The Tangerines are considered by many to be favourites to win the league and secure promotion back to the Scottish Premiership. Performances like the one last Saturday will undoubtedly help towards that aim. However, experienced Stanton is keeping his feet on the ground with just one game played.

“It was a very good performance,” he said.

“Obviously to score four goals is great as well, but it is only one game and we need to try to carry that into the rest of the games.”

United will take on Partick Thistle on Friday night at Firhill and Stanton is excited for what he sees as a challenging tie.

“I am looking forward to it,” he said.

“It is another chance to get a win, it will be a tough game.

“They are a good team and it is not always easy going away from home, but I am excited.”

Sam Stanton has not had his troubles to seek with injuries during his career and last season was no different. However, he has come into this season feeling fit and has set his sights on the personal target of keeping his place in the team and starting as much as possible.

“I think personally I want to just try keep playing and keep my place in the team,” he said.

“Last season I had a bit of a difficult season with quite a few injuries and I missed a lot of games.

“It wasn’t a good season for me, but I have come back this season having looked after myself in the summer, so I think my personal target is just to keep playing.”

Of course, striker Lawrence Shankland grabbed all the headlines at the weekend by scoring all four of United’s goals. Asked if Shankland was walking into training that little bit taller on Monday morning Stanton joked that the entire team carried him in to training. Joking aside, Stanton is understandably delighted with the striker’s form.

“I think if you score four goals confidence is going to be high,” he said.

“I think he is a confident player as it is, he scored a lot of goals last season and the season before.

“He is flying at the minute which is great for us.”

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