Dundee United manager Micky Mellon wasn’t happy with his team’s first half performance against Motherwell – and an improved second half didn’t help matters.

The Tangerines lost 2-1 away to Motherwell, first half goals from Devante Cole and Chris Long enough to secure victory for the Steelmen. For Mellon’s team though, it means a poor run has extended to two wins in 13 matches.

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Mellon’s Dundee United are out of form. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

And while Mellon did see improvement upon a poor first half, it just angered him more: “We had a chat at half-time and they went out in the second half and the thing that makes you more angry is that they found that extra 30 per cent and looked like a completely different team as if I’d made eleven subs.

“We should start with that level of intensity. I’ve spoken to the players about that. It’s something we’ll ask again when we go into training. We understand that we need to win games of football. We won’t shy away from that. We know the importance of getting ready for an important game at the weekend.


“I won’t lie to you and say I don’t understand where we are in the league. We will get on with our jobs and try to improve and if we do that we should be okay.  Are the players up for battle? I’m not even thinking about that at the minute. I’m thinking about getting up for the challenge at the weekend and getting going again.”

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Challenging his players. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Mellon isn’t shying away from the poor run of form his side are on but full focus now turns to an important match with Ross County in Dingwall, United sitting five points above the Staggies, who occupy the relegation play-off spot.

He said: “It’s not been a good run and that’s the truth. I deal in truth but we’ll go again. My job as the manager here is not about how I feel, I’ve been in football management a long time now.

“It’s about me trying to get the players ready again for an important game at the weekend. That’s what I’ll do and I’ll have absolutely no problem in doing that.”

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