Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

Weekend Used For Shooting Practice

Weekend Used For Shooting Practice

Dundee United will use their free weekend to concentrate on the attacking side of their game, after the club have struggled to score this season - scoring just twice in their last 6 SPL ties this year.

Manager Craig Levein has been highly critical of his defence since arriving in November last year, but has been happier with the steady improvement shown by his defenders in recent weeks.

However, Dundee United are no longer in the Scottish Cup, after crashing out to Caley Thistle 1-0 at the Caledonian Stadium in the last round, giving the club a weekend off from competitive action as the remaining sides in the cup fight it out for a Semi-Final place.

Levein has decided to use that time to give his attacking players more shooting practice, ahead of their return to Inverness for the SPL tie next weekend.

"We at Dundee United have no game because of the Scottish Cup and that provides us a good opportunity to work on certain things. For a start, we can practice our striking play," admitted Levein.

"Although we've been creating chances of late, we haven't been putting them away and that has cost us full points on more than one occasion."

New signing Jon Daly, who arrived at Tannadice during the January transfer window, has yet to score his 1st goal for the club, after 462 minutes playing in Tangerine.

Whilst, Noel Hunt is struggling after recovering from an ankle injury, which he picked up when scoring the winner in a 3-2 win over Motherwell at Fir Park in December.

Hunt returned to the side after 4 weeks out through injury, but has failed to return to the form which made him as the clubs top-scorer before his absence from the 1st team.

Captain Barry Robson has since over-taken Hunt as the top-scorer with 9 goals, but the 24-year-old striker came very close to scoring against Hibernian at the weekend, but his half-volleyed was saved by Hibs keeper Scott Brown at the expense of a corner.

Commenting on his side's recent struggles to find the net, Levein continued, "That was naturally the most disappointing aspect of our draw with Hibs."

"Yet, as far as the art of defending goes, it's the most solid we've been since I took over."

Meanwhile, there is talk that another of United's striker might be going out on loan, with Levein considering allowed David Goodwillie to join Airdrie until the end of the season.

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Goodwillie Not Joining Airdrie...Yet
We Benefit From Watching AC Milan
Only £251,535 Behind Hull City?
We Have Our Own Shunsuke Nakamura!
Dundee Utd Should Have Beaten Hibs
Arabs 0, Hibernian 0
1 Win In 15 Games vs Hibs?
Now Levein Targets Top Six Place
McLeish Was Best Man For The Job
Dunfermline Leapfrog Dundee United?
Scotland Under-21 Signs For United
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 February 22 2007
Time: 12:21PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Dundee United Articles

Video: Dundee United 0 Hamilton Academical 0

Dundee United are still level going into their play-off final second-leg at Hamilton Academical.

Hamilton Academical v Dundee United

Dundee United remain all-square with Hamilton Academical going into their Scottish Premiership play-off final second-leg at the SuperSeal Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3.00pm).

Striker free to play

Simon Murray will play in Sunday's return clash between Dundee United and Hamilton Academical.

Midfielder finished after outburst

Midfielder Wato Kuate won't play for Dundee United again following his reaction to being substituted in last night's play-off final first-leg draw with Hamilton Academical.

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ray McKinnon was the right choice as manager?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes82%
No18%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Celtic 38 34 4 0 106 81
2 Aberdeen 38 24 4 10 76 39
3 Rangers 38 19 10 9 67 12
4 St. Johnstone 38 17 7 14 58 4
5 Hearts 38 12 10 16 46 3
6 Partick 38 10 12 16 42 -16
7 Ross County 38 11 13 14 46 -10
8 Kilmarnock 38 9 14 15 41 -20
9 Motherwell 38 10 8 20 38 -23
10 Dundee 38 10 7 21 37 -24
11 Hamilton 38 7 14 17 35 -19
R Inverness 38 7 13 18 34 -27
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football