Experience of Ayr raid at Tannadice will drive Dundee United on, says Robbie Neilson

Dundee United's Callum Booth goes away from Ayr United's Andy Geggan when the visitors won 5-0 at Tannadice in November 2018
Dundee United's Callum Booth goes away from Ayr United's Andy Geggan when the visitors won 5-0 at Tannadice in November 2018

Dundee United played into Ayr’s hands the last time they met – Robbie Neilson has vowed the Tangerines won’t be making that mistake again.

The Honest Men ran riot at Tannadice back in November, roaring to a 5-0 victory.

That result still rankles with the Terrors and Robbie sees Friday night’s trip to Somerset Park as the perfect chance to put that right.

He said: “We spoke about it briefly and the issues we had in the game, how we played into their hands at times and didn’t expose the way they play either.

“We’ll use the experience of that game and what went right and what went wrong.

“If we can go and get a result, we can go joint-top so that’s the driver for us.

“The last result against Ayr was a very disappointing one but I feel we’re in a different place, we’ve got different players and a freshness about us.”

Former Kilmarnock boss Lee McCulloch is reported to be joining Robbie’s backroom staff but the manager doesn’t expect to have any new faces in his squad come Friday. And he’s poured cold water on reports of Nikolay Todorov or Edinburgh City’s Blair Henderson joining.

Robbie said: “We are still trying to do some stuff.

“I would like to try to get something done (before Friday) but I’d be surprised.

“Most teams are looking to keep hold of their players until the last game of the window.”

On Todorov: “I knew him from my time at Hearts.

“He was coming back to Scotland and asked me if he could come and train.

“I was doing him a favour and have also been having a wee look at him to see how he does. There is nothing more in that one.”

He added: “I had Blair Henderson at Hearts on trial but there has been nothing at all.

“I think some people have been putting two and two together and getting eight.”

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