Dundee United ace Bouhenna says clean sheets prove squad is in it together

Centre-back Rachid Bouhenna has impressed in his time at Tannadice
Centre-back Rachid Bouhenna has impressed in his time at Tannadice

Tannadice is United according to defender Rachid Bouhenna as the Tangerines target a third win on the bounce on the road at Ross County.

A brace of 2-0 victories in their last two Championship matches has seen Dundee United claw back some of the Staggies’ lead in second place ahead of the two meeting in the Highlands this coming Saturday.

Since new manager Robbie Neilson arrived, the Tangerines have been unbeaten with three wins and a draw from four games.

And Bouhenna says their best form of the campaign has come about because the players are all in it together – typified by the performance of his centre-back partner William Edjenguele on Saturday.

The former Coventry man was a late inclusion in the starting line-up for the victory over Queen of the South after Freddie Frans was injured in the warm-up but put in an impressive defensive performance.

That was despite the two Frenchmen having never played together before.

Rachid Bouhenna congratulates goalscorer Pavol Safranko (No 14) in the 2-0 win over Queen of the South last Saturday

Bouhenna said: “It was easy to play with William because he’s French like me!

“Sometimes we speak English, sometimes French so it was easy for me and for him, I think.

“I thought we played well together. The clean sheet was very important.

“Against Dunfermline we did the same and we want to keep working at it.

“Among the whole squad, the feeling is very good and you could see that on Saturday.

“William was on the bench and Freddie Frans got an injury in the warm-up but we played well together and that shows every player is concentrated and we have one objective.”

And Bouhenna was delighted they achieved that one objective – three points – by bouncing back from what he saw as a “bad result” in their previous home game, a 1-1 draw with Inverness.

He said: “We are very happy, we played very well on Saturday.

“For me, the clean sheet in the game was very important – it’s very important for the whole team.

“We came back strong after our previous result at home which was, I think, a bad result against Inverness.

“On Saturday it was very important to take the three points and play well.

“We did that and everybody is happy – we have to keep going, keep working hard because we have a very difficult game on Saturday.

“We controlled the game against Queen of the South, especially in the first half.

“I can’t think of a shot they had on target which was good but we have to keep our concentration which is not easy.

“We have to work hard on the pitch to keep the ball because that isn’t easy either.

“I think we played a very good game, everybody was running and gave their maximum.”

With Ross County four points ahead in second place and Ayr United a further three points in front at the top with a home match against Queen of the South to come this weekend, Bouhenna says the trip to Dingwall this weekend is the biggest game of the campaign so far.

“The Ross County game is very important, the most important since the start of the season because we have to win this game to get nearer to them and make up some points.

“This is the best form we’ve been in since the start of the season and it’s very important for the confidence of the players.

“Everybody wants to keep this going and to keep winning.

“That is very important for us if we want to stay at the top of the league and to go up next year to the Premiership.”

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