Harry Lewis says there’s no time for Dundee United to dwell on last week’s setback at Livingston as they look to get back on track against Inverness.
The Tangerines welcome Caley Thistle to Tannadice this weekend looking to keep pace with leaders St Mirren by following up the opening-day victory in the Highlands with another win.
That 1-0 success at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium was goalkeeper Lewis’ league debut for the club after joining on loan from Southampton over the summer.
And it’s a result United are keen to repeat today in front of their own fans.
Lewis said: “That was my league debut for the club.
“It was a tough game but, on the day, we ground out the win.
“Obviously it would be nice to win by a few goals this time but we’ll take another 1-0 win.
“I think a win will be important — we need to show Livingston was a blip and we can put that behind us.
“It’s really important for us to kick on, there’s no time to dwell on defeats and feel sorry for ourselves, we need to put what went wrong right.
“We looked in depth at last week’s game individually, we looked at our own individual performances and things we were and weren’t happy with, myself included.
“There’s no point feeling sorry for ourselves, we could have come in on Monday morning down in the dumps but we came in and looked to the next game.
“We’re looking to put things right, there was no excuses for the performance against Livingston, it was embarrassing.
“It wasn’t good enough and I can understand all the fans’ frustrations.
“We’ve got to look at ourselves in situations like that but it’s important we put it behind us and we kick on because it’s a massive game for us.”
This is Lewis’ debut season in senior football and he’s enjoying life at Tannadice but has quickly discovered how difficult a division the Championship is in his short time at the club.
“You can see after the first quarter of the season that this is not an easy league,” he added.
“By no stretch of the imagination are we going to win every week and walk our way through the league, there are very competitive teams, there’s teams with all sorts of different styles which we need to match.
“Looking back over the first quarter of the season we’ve not done too badly but I think there’s still massive room for improvement if we are going to win the title.
“It’s only October, there’s still plenty of time to go before the end of the season so I’m not panicking about league positions as yet but I do know performances do have to improve.
“We’re Dundee United, a big club and came into the season with the favourites tag but there are no easy games this season.
“Now after facing everyone, there’s no teams you look at and think that’s an easy three points because it’s just not that simple in this league.”
One thing United have been consistent with over the past year or so is home form — just the one defeat at Tannadice since the start of the last season, something Harry wants to see improved even further.
“When we’re at home we’ve got the fans behind us and I think that’s a massive advantage.
“We should look to take maximum points from Tannadice really.
“If we’re being honest with ourselves, there’s not really a team that should beat us in front of our own crowd.
“I think we can be even more consistent at home and make sure we do pick up three points every time we play at Tannadice.”