Dundee United’s star January signing Peter Pawlett has urged his new team-mates to keep their early momentum going by dumping Premiership St Mirren out of the cup.
The former Aberdeen forward joined the Tangerines last week from English League Two side MK Dons and immediately impressed, scoring and playing a vital role in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Morton at Tannadice.
It was an ideal start for Pawlett and the other new faces brought in during a busy January window and he wants the Tangerines to keep that up at the Simple Digital Arena tomorrow.
The pressure of the Championship title race may be lifted this weekend but heading to a Premiership club in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup is no small matter to the club.
Pawlett said: “We can enjoy it this weekend but we want to progress, it’s not like it’s a free weekend or anything being off league duty.
“We all want to get through – if we can keep winning, keep the momentum going that’s what we want.
“You want to win every game and the Scottish Cup is a massive competition, you want to get as far as possible in it and we want to continue where we left off last weekend, work hard, enjoy our football and, hopefully, we’ll do alright.
“We know St Mirren is a tough place to go but I think we can get a result.
“They are a Premiership side and we need to test ourselves at that level.
“It’ll be tough but we’re confident in each other and trust each other we can get a result.”
Pawlett admits it’s been a strange time at the club with 11 new players coming in during January.
“It’s unbelievable really and a lot of the lads are saying it feels like pre-season again with all the new faces.
“The boys here already have been really welcoming and the lads have settled in really well.
“That’s good because there’s no time to settle in, we need to hit the ground running.”
And, for the 28-year-old, it almost is like pre-season, with the majority of his 2018-19 campaign spent in the physio’s room.
He added: “I broke my foot in the first game of the season – 40 seconds in to the first game.
“After all the pre-season and getting up to speed, 40 seconds in I was out for four months which was really tough.
“It was a tough start to the season for me but I feel strong now, rehab was good and there’s no issues with my foot.
“Morton was my third start of the season. It basically is the start of the season for me and I have so many games left to finish up on a positive note.
“I’m hungry, I know the challenge here to get back to the Premiership and that’s the aim.”
As well as a fresh start away from his injury woes in Milton Keynes, Pawlett is delighted to be reunited with boss Robbie Neilson.
It was the United gaffer who took Pawlett south of the border with MK Dons at that point in League One after leaving Aberdeen.
Pawlett added: “I’ve, obviously, worked with the manager before so I know what to expect and I really enjoy working under him.
“I like his passion, his thought-process fits with the way I play, I think, and I get on with him really well.
“We have an understanding from each other – I know what he wants and he knows what he’s going to get from me.”