Neilson looking forward to coming up against Campbell’s high flying Arbroath

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson is looking forward to pitting his wits against Arbroath boss Dick Campbell, while he also remains philosophical about last week’s loss to Ayr United.

United travelled down to Somerset Park only to suffer their first league defeat of the season. Ian McCall’s men pulled joint top with the Tannadice side with a 2-0 win, and while he is of course disappointed with the loss, Neilson is intent on keeping things in perspective.

“We spoke about it after the game, we spoke about it yesterday, that if we can go through the season and win four out of five then we will be sitting pretty at the end of the season,” Neilson said.

“We have to accept there will be highs and lows, there will be difficult days like it was on Saturday, but we just have to take it on the chin and make sure we win the next one.

“So, it is done and dusted from our perspective.”

Next up for the Tangerines is the visit of Arbroath. The League One champions have enjoyed a great start to their championship campaign. They currently sit fourth in the table after the first five games. Last Friday night they took on Partick Thistle at Gayfield, drawing 1-1 in an impressive display.

Neilson spoke with Campbell after that game and believes that Arbroath will continue to have a good season.

“I went up there to watch the game,” Neilson revealed.

“I thought they could have been two or three up at half-time quite easily.

“I think Dick has got nine promotions under his belt, he is experienced, he knows how to put a team together.

“He has got guys there that have been round the block, they know the game, three or four hundred appearances in professional football.

“So, there is going to be good players in there, and Dick is a wily old guy.

“He knows the game well, and we had a good chat after the game at Arbroath.

“He was great, he came in and I am sure they will do well this season.

One of the things that Neilson most likes about Campbell’s style is his ability to change things up, rather than rigidly stick to one style of play.

“I like Dick, I like speaking to him,” he said.

“He doesn’t beat about the bush, that’s for sure.

“I think when they played us at Tannadice they made a few changes, but they were still trying to get at our maybe weaker areas.

“We will do similar, we know they will probably bring a few guys back in.

“I would expect (Bobby) Linn to play, who is their main player and didn’t play against us.

“(Greig) Spence will probably come back in depending on what he does in his midfield.

“When you watch some teams, they just stay the same all the time, but when you play against certain managers, and Dick is one of them, they will change it.”

United take on Arbroath this Saturday at Tannadice with the game kicking off at 3pm. Meanwhile, the rearranged Dundee United open day takes place the following day from 12 noon until 4pm.

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