High work rate is key to making Dundee United fans smile – Robbie Neilson

Robbie Neilson was very happy that his team were able to put smiles on the faces of Dundee United fans with a win at the weekend and he has underlined that a high work rate from the players will bring more cheer around Tannadice.

An over 1,800 strong travelling support watched Dundee United beat Dunfermline 2-0 at the weekend. Come full time the positivity was clear for all to see between fans and players. Indeed, the bond between the two looks to be growing stronger week after week since the appointment of Robbie Neilson who is unbeaten as Dundee United head coach.

Neilson was very happy with the response and underlined how he intends for his players to continue putting smiles on United fans’ faces.

“It was great,” said Neilson.

“I said to them the first time I spoke to the players when I came in that football is all about enjoying it.

“That’s why we do it, that’s why you start playing as a kid, that’s why fans play it as kids and that’s why fans come to the games because they want to enjoy the football.

“They want to be entertained, they want to get off their seat, they want to have a bond with the players, they want to go home after the game on a Saturday night having enjoyed it and having a good weekend and it all comes from the work rate of the players and the energy of the players.

“If you are a fan and you go to a game where the team get beat 2-0 but the players gave everything, they fought the cause, they gave energy and they excited you then you will be disappointed with the result but you will go home saying ‘well at least they gave everything they’ve got’ and that’s all we can ask of the players and I believe that the squad we have got just now, if they show the work ethic and commitment, the quality is there.

“So, the only way we are going to get beat at times is if the work rate is not there and the work ethic is not there.

“If we can nail that and make sure that we bring that every week then we give ourselves a right good chance.”

The work rate of the players was one of the plus points of the performance at the weekend and it will be needed once again this Saturday with fourth placed Queen of the South set to visit Tannadice.

Neilson is in no mood to underestimate Queen of the South though and will be travelling through to Dumfries to watch them in person as they take on Morton on Tuesday night.

“They’ve obviously got an extremely good striker in Stephen Dobbie,” said Neilson.

“Probably one of the best in the league and we need to be very careful of him because he has scored a lot of goals.

“The boy (Lyndon) Dykes behind him as well, a lot of energy and then behind that their midfield and defence are pretty solid.

“So, I’ll go down to watch them tonight and it will be interesting to see what they’ve got up close.

“Obviously watching the videos you see it, but it will be interesting to see them first hand.”

Meanwhile, there is welcome news on the injury front including the news that Lewis Toshney is expected to be back training with the team in the next few weeks.

“(Paul) Watson is back training,” revealed Neilson.

“We expect (Jamie) Robson to be back training in the next day or two and Toshney is still struggling a wee bit but it is not as bad as we thought so we expect him back either next week or the week after.

“So, fingers crossed we get through this week and are all prepared for Saturday.”

Queen of the South visit Tannadice this Saturday with Robbie Neilson seeking his first home win since taking charge of United.

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