Dundee United boss Csaba Laszlo was delighted to see his side hit the goal trail in Elgin and says Nicky Clark’s brace gives him hope for the campaign ahead.
The Tangerines finished off their Betfred Cup group with a 4-0 thumping of Elgin City at Borough Briggs.
They had to show a bit of patience as the League Two outfit defended resolutely but, after Clark had poked home from six-yards out just after the hour mark, it was plain sailing for the Tannadice side.
Clark nodded in a second after 73 minutes before winning a penalty with 10 minutes to go.
However, the striker gave the ball to Adam Barton instead of knocking in his third in just 15 minutes.
His manager revealed a miss from the spot in Dingwall the previous week saw the former Rangers striker pass responsibility on.
Csaba said: “That was his decision. He missed the penalty at Ross County and for this reason he talked to Adam and said ‘you take it’!
“Nicky is a player sometimes you don’t see anything from for 90 minutes and then he’s there to score a goal, this is his strength.
“His two goals definitely gives us hope for the league ahead.”
That was Clark’s second and third goal in his first four games for the Tangerines.
With 29 goals in 62 Championship games for previous club Dunfermline, United are hoping he can fire them to promotion this season.
Another bright spot for the campaign ahead is youngster Declan Glass. The 18-year-old made his mark in the north, despite only replacing Clark for the final eight minutes.
With the final move of the game, Glass jinked past his man on the edge of the area and smashed the goal beyond Kyle Gourlay, the Elgin goalkeeper on loan from Dundee.
And Csaba says knocking in four goals sets his side up for next week’s league opener against the Pars.
He added: “It was important we scored goals.
“In the first half we tried but we had just two or three possibilities but we missed and I think the second half was OK, we used the possibilities to score.
“It’s always the same against teams who are in a lower league, they defend very well and stay very deep.
“I said in the dressing-room keep your patience, keep going, keep going and be more accurate in front of goal.
“It was good, I am really satisfied.”