Location – Tannadice Park. Date – 21st December 2013
Attendance – 8029
United leaped into second place in the Premiership with a hard fought win over relegation candidates Ross County. A solitary strike from in form winger GMS propelled United to their 7th straight win in all competition.
The scoreline of 1-0 didn’t tell the full story as United controlled the match from start to finish, with County providing a few scares but rarely threatened.
Although Jackie can take great heart from this performance. It showed United not at their best, but still pulling through to win their 6th Premiership match in succession.
Speaking to the BBC, Jackie said
“The most important thing is the three points”
“I thought we kept plugging away at them, we were very patient, but we got our just rewards in the game.”
When questioned about Mackay-Steven’s crucial strike
“It was a fantastic finish and a great pass from Stuart,” said McNamara.
“I’m delighted for him and the lads, because they put so much effort into it.
“I emphasised it before the game, to be patient, that they would get their rewards – and they got it.
“I thought they tried to take the sting out of the game, time-wasting at times. But we kept going, especially in the second half and I thought we got what we deserved.”
County keeper Fraser tried to slow the game down at times with some laughable time wasting, ignored by referee Brines, but it only set to make United more determined to get the three points.
“We could have had a few more goals, but the good thing is we’re creating chances, and from me as an ex-defender, it’s good to get a clean sheet.
“It’s important – there’s a busy period coming up with the games we’ve got, so we need everybody in the squad and when they came on it put Ross county on the back foot.
“Given the start we had at the start of the season, the first few games there was a few question marks over the squad, but I’m delighted for the lads and the effort they’ve put in, their desire to keep going in games – they get the rewards for it.”