Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo believes his players had to ‘sweat blood’ to get their 2-0 win at Falkirk on Saturday – and they’ll need to keep doing it to go up this season.
The Terrors came alive in the second half at the Falkirk Stadium with headed goals from strikers Pavol Safranko and Craig Curran securing all three points.
The victory sees United rise to third in the Championship table as they prepare to face promotion rivals Ross County and league leaders Ayr United in the coming weeks.
It is an important run early in the Tangerines’ campaign and boss Csaba thinks they’ll have to keep working hard to reach their goal of a Premiership return.
“Saturday was just the beginning and slowly we will get better and better,” he said.
“If I am being honest this is the fifth game in a row we haven’t lost.
“I know we lost two points against Alloa and two points against Morton but we must respect the opponents, too. They are also Scottish Championship teams.
“You try to win every game but we have to respect if a smaller team picks up points.
“You don’t win any games in the Scottish Championship without fighting, desire and sweating blood.
“If you want to win these games you have to sweat blood and this is what the team did on Saturday.
“I think the fans appreciated the job we did.”
The Hungarian had been under some pressure of late after disappointing draws with Alloa and Morton and he and his team appeared visibly relieved at the final whistle.
The United players paid tribute to the 918 travelling supporters at the end of the game as they greeted them in the away end.
And Csaba was pleased to send the near-1,000 Arabs home happy.
He added: “Every time, if you take three points, I think you prove a point.
“I think only one team would’ve been blamed if they didn’t win and that is Dundee United. Falkirk have not won any games and we stand under the pressure so far.
“If we didn’t win that game everyone would have pointed at us and said we did the same at Alloa and didn’t take the game seriously.
“In my opinion, the most important moment of the game was the whole team, the staff, everybody applauded and met with the supporters at the end and they leave the stadium with a smile on their face.
“To have nearly 1,000 away supporters after drawing at home last weekend was brilliant, they deserved to leave the stadium with a smile on their face and back to Dundee.
“After the three points that was the most important thing.”