Dundee United midfielder Fraser Fyvie seeking win and return to scoring form

Fraser Fyvie has called on his team-mates to find a new way to break teams down and start picking up the points they need to win the Championship.

Dundee United midfielder Fraser Fyvie believes his team-mates need to change their approach in order to start scoring goals and winning games.

The Tangerines were frustrated at Falkirk on Saturday as they battled to a goalless draw.

United have only scored one goal in their last three games without winning.

And Fyvie insists they need a change of tact in order to turn things around and climb the table.

“I think there was a bit of a lack of quality in the final third,” Fyvie said.

“That probably hindered us a wee bit on Saturday, everybody watching could see that.

“We’re getting there. I think we’ve got a lot better shape-wise but I think we could do a wee bit more in keeping the ball rather than rushing up the pitch as fast as we can.

“I don’t think that’s how we want to play.

“At the end of the day, the draw’s a fair result.

“I think it’s just that final ball. Paul (McMullan) puts in a great ball in the first-half and Scott (McDonald) heads just over the bar, it’s a great chance.

“It’s unlucky, though, because it’s great movement and a great ball but I can’t remember anything else apart from Paul hitting the post where we’ve had a really good chance.

“I think we need to work on that a little bit.

“We’ve worked on that a lot, especially in the last two weeks. I think we’re getting there but I think we need to get up to speed and start winning games.

“Hopefully, that can start this weekend but we know it’s going to be a tough game against Morton.”

Fyvie thinks the Arabs aren’t far away from clicking and that forwards Scott McDonald, Paul McMullan and James Keatings will start scoring again.

“We were much better in our shape against Falkirk and we played more as a team,” the 24-year-old said.

“The work ethic can’t be faulted because it was much better than it has been of late.

“I think we can join up a bit better in terms of patterns of play. That’s something we can improve on in terms of linking things. But I think the strikers have been excellent.

“The gaffer has asked them to do a hard shift and they’ve done that. Scotty, Paul and Keatsy.

“They’ve worked really hard because Falkirk play three in midfield.

“Jordie and I couldn’t get up to support them, so they have to drop in and take the ball.

“Falkirk tried to dominate the ball but I think we hit them when they left gaps.

“Defensively we were solid. I thought the backline was very secure, there was a lot of good things.

“It’s just that final ball, that killer pass, that shot on goal that was missing on Saturday. I think that will come.

“We need to put that right for Morton at the weekend.”

Looking ahead to the Morton game at Tannadice on Saturday, Fyvie hopes he and new midfield partner Jordie Briels can continue to link-up after a solid showing against The Bairns.

Dutchman Briels picked up the Tele’s Man-of-the-Match award.

Fyvie said: “It’s good, Jordie likes a tackle I think. But it’s a new partnership we’re both getting used to.

“We’ll take it game by game and both look to keep our names on the teamsheet.

“We’ve got a lot of competition within the squad.

“There’s Willo Flood, Scott Allardice and others, so the competition is up there.

“We need to keep on our toes and keep our place in the team.”

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