If Csaba Laszlo needs a good thought heading to Dunfermline today it’s that last time the teams met Dundee United produced one of their best performances under him.
The down side of that is even then the Pars put up a spirited performance and kept the game close.
At the beginning of last month Csaba masterminded a 2-1 success when the pair clashed at Tannadice.
United had to stave off a later fightback that day, but Csaba felt the quality of his team’s football was excellent.
This week, with everyone at the club still hurting from last weekend’s 6-1 drubbing at Falkirk, the recollection of that day has been one of the few bright spots.
Csaba said: “According to my time here, my opinion is that we played our best games against Livingston and Dunfermline at Tannadice.
“These were good football games, but I ask why we haven’t done that against Falkirk in the last game?
“Here at Tannadice we were 2-0 in front, but we allowed Dunfermline to come back with a goal and they really tried to play aggressive football. They will try to do the same at their home pitch and we must try to play as we did.”
United will bring back Mark Durnan in central defence, but although he is making progress as he recovers from a hip injury, full-back Stewart Murdoch is unlikely to return.
“He can be fit, but he cannot be match fit because he has now been out for a month,” explained Csaba.