Kalvenes: Top 6 Here We Come....
It's now been 9 games and almost 3 months since struggling Dunfermline scored an SPL goal, but Dundee United defender Christian Kalvenes isn't concerned about the Pars mounting a league comeback - because he has his eyes firmly fixed upwards.
Dundee United currently have a massive 16 point advantage over Stephen Kenny's bottom-of-the-table side, but are aiming for a place in the top half of the table, with just 5 points separating them from 6th placed Kilmarnock.
However, even after a miserable start to 2007, defender Kalvenes was already sure that United were safe from relegation.
"I've actually felt we've been safe for some time because I think we're a better side than the ones fighting against relegation," admitted Kalvenes.
"We got ourselves up around seventh place in December, but have slipped a little since then. Results in January weren't that good but I now think we can look towards the top six."
A long-range strike from captain Barry Robson gave Craig Levein's side their 1st league win of the year at Love Street last weekend - a win which many supporters hope will get the club back on track and keep United moving up the table.
"A few more results like this one will certainly help," said Kalvenes after the 1-0 win over Gus MacPherson's side.
"At half-time the manager just said we had to keep going forward. That's been one of the main issues for the past matches — that we've defended quite well but we haven't gone forward enough."
"I've never had a manager who's so great at man management. For me he's been fantastic. Since he came in all the players in the back four have improved as players."
"When the back four are working he looks at the players individually and, with his experience as a player himself, he knows how you can improve."
"In every team you have to fight for your spot in the side, so you know when a new manager comes in you have to show what you can do and earn your place in the team."