Hard work and “dirty football” is the key to success for Dundee United manager Csaba László

Csaba László is happy with recent wins. However, the United boss has reminded his players that success on Saturday away at Alloa Athletic, and come the end of the season, requires hard work and focus.

“If at the end of the season we are also in the top of the league I am really proud about the boys but at the moment we have to work very hard and focused to keep this position. Especially now against Alloa.”

Despite losing their opening two games of the season, Alloa are coming off the back of a 2-2 comeback against Inverness Caledonian Thistle last week, and László is in no mood to underestimate them.

“Alloa is a very dangerous team especially that they have come from the third division (League One). They are very positive.”

Last weekend’s two-goal hero Paul Watson revealed to DSM earlier this week that United had heard that Alloa had narrowed their plastic pitch for the upcoming match with United. However, László was keen to stress that attitude is more important than the pitch.

“They have an artificial pitch, we can train also on artificial pitch, that is not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that you have to put that in the players head that now you come again in a game which you have to win.

“You have to win if you want to stay there at the top. For this reason, we have to work very focused. At the moment my message to the player is: don’t get any injuries. This is very important, but I wish also that they stay sharp and focused.”

“Dirty football”

Dundee United train at a high intensity under Csaba László, and he believes that this is very important in order to be successful in matches.

“The boys work in the training really very focused and I like it. I like it, but they understand also that you can’t be a good football player if you don’t die in training. You don’t work in the training and you try to die and give everything in the game? How can you give everything in the game if in the training you don’t give it 200%? So, for this reason I am asking in the training always to give 200%.”

In terms of the match itself on Saturday against Alloa, the United boss wants to win badly. Even if that means they must play “dirty football”.

“In this game, believe me there will not be pretty football. Even if you have 70/80% ball possession and you don’t score a goal but you lose 1-0. I want very dirty football but with three points in the pocket.”

Meanwhile, club captain Fraser Fyvie has returned to full training. However, it remains to be seen how quickly he will return to first team action.

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