Dundee United’s players might have been feeling the pressure according to boss Csaba Laszlo but he was proud they didn’t show it in their their 2-1 victory at Queen of the South.
An impressive first-half display put the Tangerines in a winning position as Sam Stanton and debutant Pavol Safranko gave them a two-goal lead.
The second period saw United have to defend their lead as the Doonhamers came at them with Stephen Dobbie knocking in after 67 minutes – Csaba’s men, though, held them at arms length for the rest of the contest and grabbed their first victory of the league season.
The manager said: “I am proud of the boys because they did a good job.
“We were under pressure because we knew against Dunfermline we lost an important game and now the second game of the season we had to perform and to win.
“This was definitely a very good team performance and I am proud of the boys, they worked for each other.
“We had a really bad start at home against Dunfermline and I think the players felt there was pressure.
“We don’t want to disappoint our fans again and you saw there were a lot of our fans at the game and they celebrated also.
“The fans made the noise against Dunfermline that it wasn’t good enough and we heard that.
“I said after that Dundee United can play better football and our fans deserved more spirit, more fighting spirit and better results.
“That pressure is always there if you have the jersey of Dundee United, if you are the manager of Dundee United, work for Dundee United you are the biggest club in the Championship and everybody wants to beat you.
“People think it is easy to win a game, it is not easy – you have to respect the opponent, you have to know in this league it is not always nice football, it is more fighting and desire.
“You could see Queen of the South didn’t give up, in the second half they put I don’t know how many balls up front.
“I am really pleased with the first-half performance, I am a little bit angry we don’t close the game out but I’m happy with the three points and the performance from the team.”