Despite a poor result and poor performance to boot at Queen of the South, Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo is trying to focus on the positives before Saturday’s clash with Livingston and the play-offs beyond.
The Tangerines made the long journey home from Dumfries on the back of a 3-0 defeat from the Doonhamers to bring an abrupt end to a run of three wins on the trot.
They were, though, confirmed as one of the teams who will fight out the play-offs after Dunfermline grabbed a draw at Inverness.
The defeat did, though, mean they can’t catch this weekend’s opponents Livi.
However, Csaba says it wasn’t just the result at Queens that’s seen them fall short.
He said: “I know everybody is waiting for me to talk negatively but I talk very positively about the team because the season was very long with a lot of ups and downs.
“It was not Saturday that we lost the second position, we lost easy games and easy points this season — we can talk about Dumbarton away, Brechin away, also games we had in hand, we can talk about Morton, we lost two points there.
“Qualifying for the play-offs is the most positive and for this reason I told the team ‘don’t be down’.
“This was a game if we won we’d definitely be third, now we have to win the home game to be third.
“Now we know Livingston don’t have to put in a big effort because they are already second.
“We have to prepare to play Livingston in the last league game and secure third place and after I want to see a bit more effort in the play-offs.”