Dundee United boss Robbie Neilson has been impressed with his team’s resilience in the week following the 5-0 defeat last Friday, however he was sure to stress that it counts for nothing if they don’t do things right on Saturday against Morton.
Neilson suffered his first loss since taking charge of the Tannadice club with last Friday’s defeat at home to Scottish Championship leaders Ayr United. Despite such a heavy defeat, the United boss has learned a lot about the mental strength of his players.
“They’ve shown their resilience to come back in and get going again,” he said.
“I’ve been in places before where after a bad result people just spiral and their attitudes go, and their spirit goes as well, but this group has been pretty strong.
“We can sit here and say all the right things and the training can look good and we do our wee boxes and 5v5s, and everything looks brilliant.
“The test comes on Saturday to go out there and have the bottle to take the ball, do things properly, play the way we want to play as well and get over last week’s result.”
Next up for United is a visit to Morton on Saturday. United have looked good on the road under Neilson and he has no fears about the difficult game to come, in fact he is relishing the visit to Morton’s old school stadium.
“I love going down to Cappielow,” he said.
“It is a great venue to play in, it is really tight.
“The surface is always really good, it’s a good stadium, it’s a proper kind of old school stadium where you get the atmosphere and you’re close to the fans.
“Hopefully we take down a good crowd, hopefully they’ve got a good one as well and it gets a bit of intensity about it.
“I am really looking forward to going down and hopefully the players are as well.”
Meanwhile, United have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday with Neilson confirming a full squad available for selection.
“Everyone is available, so it has been a positive week from that extent,” he said.
“There was a couple of niggles at the start of the week, but they’ve all made it back and we’ve got a full squad for the game on Saturday.”