Dundee United must stop giving up chances warns Neilson

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson feels his team can improve.
Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson feels his team can improve.

Dundee United boss Robbie Neilson has warned his team they are still surrendering up far too many scoring opportunities.

Robbie has been delighted with the improvement shown over his first three games in charge, a period that’s seen seven points from a possible nine taken.

And when he did his video analysis of last weekend’s 2-0 victory at Dunfermline, he admitted it was even more impressive than he felt when watching from the side of the pitch.

But there were areas where he knows his players can, and have to, improve.

“You watch the game when you’re there at the time and you’re never 100% comfortable, I don’t think, until you get that third goal,” he said.

“If we’d got it with 15 minutes to go, then you can start relaxing a wee bit.

United claimed a 2-0 win at Dunfermline on Saturday.

“It wasn’t until I watched the game after that I felt we had quite a bit of dominance in the game.

“Even so, we still gave up a few chances and I spoke to the defenders about it.

“You look at some of the games and we’ve given up clear-cut chances that we need to cut out.

“If you play against better players and better teams that will be goals.”

Robbie stressed how pleased, overall, he’s been with the work put in so far.

He feels his squad have shown their quality and has challenged them to show they can do it in the long term.

“The players have been great. They’ve been working hard and listening to what we’ve but asking them to do.

“I keep saying it’s only three games in, we’ve still got a long way to go.

“We have to continue doing that, we have to make sure players continue to work hard, keep pushing themselves and keep pushing each other.”

Meanwhile, Tangerines season ticket-holders will get the chance to hear Robbie’s thoughts on the job that lies ahead of him when he meets them face to face.

Monday evening will see him taking part in a special question and answer session in the Hegarty Suite at Tannadice, with the proceedings kicking off at 7pm.

Fans wanting to attend can get their ticket in exchange for voucher N from their season books at the club shop.

Demand has already been high and it’s expected to be a sell-out.