Evening Telegraph

Dundee United must win ‘dirty games’ laments Csaba Laszlo

Dundee United wide man Fraser Aird feels the weight of this challenge by Alloa Athletic’s Steven Hetherington.

In the wake of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Alloa, Dundee United boss Csaba Laszlo still cuts a frustrated figure.

The Terrors, and Csaba, had been on a high after comfortable wins over Queen of the South and Partick Thistle saw them, seemingly, turn a corner.

United controlled and managed those matches well but all their good work came undone as they laboured to a point at the Indodrill Stadium at the weekend.

Csaba had spoken at the start of the season about his side’s need to start grinding out results if they want to win the Championship.

And his disappointment and anger was evident as they couldn’t dictate what he called a ‘dirty game’ in Clackmannanshire.

“It was a dirty game but one which really, if you want to make the top league, you have to manage all the time and finish,” he said.

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo.

“This is not about dominating the game, it’s about winning the game.

“It is clear for us that this was an artificial pitch and even it was seven, eight yards shorter than usually.

“So I wait for my team and it’s clear, in this case, you have to circulate the ball quicker, you have to move the ball out quicker to have the possibility to move up the pitch.”

United had opened the scoring in the second half through a Paul Watson header on 71 minutes, his third goal in two games, and it could have been more.

Yannick Loemba had what would have been his first strike for the Tangerines ruled out for offside and Csaba felt 18-year-old Declan Glass could have played in fellow-sub Callum Booth to put the game beyond doubt.

As it transpired, the kid gave away possession and Alloa broke to win the free-kick which Iain Flannigan curled home on 82 minutes to earn the Wasps a point.

It was no less than the home side deserved but Csaba couldn’t help scrutinise his team’s game management.

“We were in front, you have just to keep the ball and keep the result,” he added.