Micky Mellon says his Dundee United side have been shown what can happen if you ‘don’t attack every moment’ at Premiership level.

Last season’s Championship winners have started the season in good form under their new boss but were given a harsh reality check at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock. They were handed a 4-0 defeat, two goals from Nicke Kabamba, an Eamonn Brophy strike and a goal of the season contender from Rory McKenzie handing Killie victory.

McKenzie’s chip was brilliant. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a disappointing defeat for Mellon, considering his team did have bright moments in the first half. But at Premiership level that isn’t enough, as they were brutally shown by Alex Dyer’s team.

It’s something his Tangerines will need to learn from as Mellon says his men were handed a Premiership lesson: “I don’t want to be one of those managers who bleats about what did happen and didn’t happen.

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“But I certainly feel that there was a wee bit of naivety and that we had to be clinical in those moments to give ourselves a chance of winning. We didn’t take care of the details at important times, which you have to be able to do.

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Difficult day for Micky Mellon. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

“We found ourselves down 2-0 at half-time and I’m scratching my head as to how that’s happened, because I thought we dominated most of anything that happened in the first half. But that’s football at this level, you need to understand and get better at that.

“You’ll get punished if you don’t attack every moment, or if you think, ‘That one might not be the one you’ll get punished with.’ Well today it was and that’s a lesson for them.

“It’s always difficult when the home team has two banks of four with two strikers.  We got into some good areas and we just had to show some composure or cleverness to continue a move or punish Kilmarnock.”

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