If you could have hand-picked Dundee United an opponent at Tannadice on Saturday it would have been Kilmarnock.
And that’s what makes the late 2-1 home defeat to the side who were hammered by Dundee 4-0 on their own patch on the opening day all the more worrying.
But what did we actually about Jackie McNamara and his side in the clash? With a little time to reflect, here are five thoughts…
Bill Mckay is some player
Dundee United have been blessed with a fair few decent strikers in recent years but I’d go as far to say he’s probably the best of the bunch.
Just throwing it out there but I think he’s a definite upgrade on Nadir Ciftci. For that reason the manager and the club deserve some credit for their summer business.
His movement is top notch. His touch is class. And his finishing ability is rivalled by very few at this level.
Given the opportunities he could bag 20 goals for the club this season. Doing it in a struggling side will prove rather difficult, though.
New boys need a little time to settle
Aaron Kuhl and Adam Taggart didn’t really pull up any trees in the Killie clash but the early signs look promising. Reading loanee Kuhl looked comfortable taking the ball deep and picking passes.
Maybe, at times, he took on too many match-winning balls forward that flew aimlessly through to the keeper, but I admire his nifty feet and keenness to take the ball off the defenders.
Taggart ran his heart out up front and provided a more than able foil to Mckay.
Yes, he probably should have done better with a chance or two but looks like, with games and fitness, he could be a player.
Scott Fraser is a star in the making
This boy just gets better and better every time I see him.
He has played deep in a midfield two, out on the right in this season’s derby as well as where he did yesterday, in a more advanced role.
To me, it looks like he’s really found his place.
A lovely left peg, the ability to spot a pass and cause defenders headaches with his constant probing and movement I think United fans will have to get used to Fraser’s name, week-in, week-out before long.
Defensive frailties need to be ironed out
Even the return of Callum Morris to the fray failed to beef up the United backline significantly enough to prevent them leaking goals.
His availability was a boost but things still don’t look at all right in the defensive third.
United look they have two of the parts of a solid four man defence. They just need a couple of others to stand up and be counted.
As things stand the Terrors are soft centred. And everyone seems to be taking advantage.
There’s fight in the old dog yet, though
It might have been an absolute shocker of a result. It might mean you’ve slipped to 11th, a point ahead of bottom of the pile Partick. But in terms of performance I have seen a hell of a lot worse from United in the last seven months and they’ve taken more out of a game.
This was by no means the worst United have produced. They actually looked potent for a change in the final third – carving out chances left, right and centre as the game progressed.
For that reason I think there are signs of improvement from recent weeks.
Arabs, give this new team a few weeks to gel. I’m not saying it will work, but you just never know.