Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon has urged his players to be more clinical in front of goal.
Ray thought his players did enough to deserve their 1-0 Irn-Bru Cup victory over Stranraer at Stair Park but has asked his team to take more care with their end product.
“I thought we deserved the win with the bit of quality we have,” said Ray.
“If we had been a bit more clinical with our final ball, then it might have been a different scoreline.
“We over-hit too many passes with our final pass.”
The bit of quality the manager was talking about was Tony Andreu.
The attacking midfielder, signed for the season on loan from Norwich City, has now bagged six goals in six games.
Before he hit the winner, Tony had already struck the post with a 25-yard free-kick.
Ray singled the Frenchman out for special praise saying: “When you have someone like Andreu in your team, you have someone who is absolute quality.
“He popped up with the one bit of quality that won the game.
“It was a fantastic header.
“For such a small lad it was an incredible header — he’s worth his weight in gold for us.”
The gameplan was to get the ball wide and get balls in the box.
The first half didn’t pan out that way, though.
The manager explained: “We asked the boys before the game to get down the flanks and get crosses into the box but we got caught up going down the middle too much.
“The second half was better and the goal came from a cross.”
The Blues made life difficult and, in the end, the solitary goal was all the Tangerines could manage.
“Fair play to Stranraer, they played very well and made it very tough for us,” McKinnon added.
“Brian Reid has assembled a good squad, with good experience.
“They had nothing to lose so could afford to throw caution to the wind.
“Stranraer made us work hard for the result and it is a tough place to go to and win.
“We are delighted to get through to the next round.”
The quarter-final is set to be played during the next international break — over the weekend of November 12 and 13.
The Tangerines are already down to play Dunfermline in the league at Tannadice that weekend so a fixture reshuffle will be on the cards.