Dundee United manager Micky Mellon has detailed his half-time chat with Lawrence Shankland that helped the Arabs on their way to a big 2-0 win.
The striker scored one of the two goals as Mellon’s men earned three vital points away to Ross County, easing any lingering fears of sliding down the table. It now has United standing just outside the top six.
And Mellon had words with Shankland to help them get there “It was a massive result. I won’t change what I believe my job is here and that’s to keep moving forward and developing my team into Premiership players and that is what I will continue to do.
“I said to him at half-time what does a good player do, Lawrence? He said ‘Don’t get disappointed’, he moves on and believes at some stage he will get there because he is a good player. He knew he couldn’t dwell on the earlier chances and these are lessons the boys are learning.
“They are coming out of the Championship and people forget that. They are learning all the time. I am not making excuses because I am one of them. When the learning opportunities come then we have to learn from it and that was a big step forward for us.”
Mellon knows United are a work in progress after winning the Championship last season but he won’t be any less relentless in pursuit of victory: “There were loads off positives. We understood we had to come up here and get a result and we understood what a big game it was.
“We showed great composure in doing that and playing well over 90 minutes. I wouldn’t stand here and say football is not about winning. It is all about winning but what we tried to concentrate on was getting the focus right without trying to get too complicated.
“We work hard to give ourselves a chance of winning games and we never lose focus on that. We know we have to win games and we knew that, given time, we would get the win and a 90-minute performance would come.
“I just spoke to them there and good players do that all the time. When the game is tough they keep going and when the opportunity comes to play they take it. We have to be tough on ourselves and to keep trying to achieve that all the time.”
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