Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

Levein Keeping An Eye On Team Morale

Levein Keeping An Eye On Team Morale

Craig Levein has admitted the reason why he hasn't been getting carried away with Dundee United's recent form.

Until Monday's 5-1 defeat by Falkirk, Dundee United had been playing well and had taken 19 points out of 10 previous SPL matches.

However, Levein has confessed that he was worried that talking up his players could put more pressure on them and that then a bad defeat, like the one against Falkirk, could upset squad morale.

In recent seasons Dundee United have been a side low in confidence, after losing a goal the heads would drop and they would give up on any chance of a comeback.

Things have changed significantly under Levein, with United coming back from losing a goal on several occasions since his arrival.

Most notably the recent 3-1 win over Aberdeen and the 2-1 victory over Rangers during Levein's first match incharge.

"I have been quite happy with the performances from the team in the 10 games we've played before Monday," Levein told the Courier.

"I tried to play down the earlier good results, because there is always a chance that they will come to an end. I'm really just trying to keep everybody's feet on the ground."

"From my point of view the loss against Falkirk is not a major problem. I haven't really had a chance to rest the team and if I had I am sure it would have been different."

Confidence can be a major contributing factor in this SPL - a couple of lucky wins can give a team the confidence to push forward and go on a run.

Bottom of the table side Dunfermline might be 9 points adrift of 2nd bottom Saints, but a lucky win (like the 2-1 victory over United at East End Park) could help propel them on a run and take them up the league table.

Even with a 13 points advantage over the Pars and 45 points still up for grabs, Dundee United still aren't mathematically safe and Craig Levein will intend to make sure that the heads don't start dropping again, or so might United - down the league table.

When Dundee were relegated 2 seasons ago, they looked to be clear of the relegation zone with 10 games remaining, but just 7 points out of a possible 30, plunged them from 8th to 12th and into the 1st division.

The season Dundee United were relegated, Aberdeen looked to be doomed, but then went on a surprise run.....*sigh*.....so, Levein is quite right to be keeping an eye on team morale, because we dont want a repeat of 'that' season.

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Who Has The Power In Scottish Fitba?
Levein Shocked By Player's Reaction
Hopes Of Signing Daly Get A Boost
Talk Of Dundee Utd Triple Transfer
Utd Havent Signed Sean Dillon...Yet!
Dundee Utd Sign Shelbourne Defender
Former Utd Player Signs For Saints
Levein On January Signing Targets
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Arab Jacques
Date:Thursday January 4 2007
Time: 12:00PM

Comments

0
I dont want to go through relegation again, thats for sure!
Invisible _Arab
05/01/2007 11:47:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

United in cup action

Dundee United face Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup fifth round at Tannadice this weekend.

Defender departs United

Dundee United teenager John Souttar completed a move to Hearts on transfer deadline day.

Partick Thistle P-P Dundee United

Dundee United's important game against Partick Thistle has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Firhill Stadium.

United chase more reward

Dundee United travel to Partick Thistle this weekend hoping to build upon their recent big victory.

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Mixu Paatelainen was the right choice?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes64%
No36%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Celtic 24 17 4 3 55 43
2 Aberdeen 24 16 4 4 52 17
3 Hearts 23 11 8 4 41 18
4 Ross County 24 10 3 11 33 3
5 St. Johnstone 22 9 5 8 32 2
6 Dundee 24 7 9 8 30 -4
7 Inverness 23 7 8 8 29 -2
8 Partick 23 7 7 9 28 -6
9 Hamilton 25 7 7 11 28 -15
10 Motherwell 24 7 5 12 26 -13
11 Kilmarnock 25 6 6 13 24 -21
12 Dundee United 23 3 4 16 13 -22
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)

Feb 6 2016 3:00PM : Partick Thistle (H)
Scottish FA Cup
Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Hamilton Academical (a)
Scottish Premiership
Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Hamilton Academical (a)
Scottish Premiership
Feb 16 2016 7:45PM : Motherwell (H)
Scottish Premiership
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Heart of Midlothian (H)
Scottish Premiership
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Ross County (a)
Scottish Premiership

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)