Dundee United faltered in their hunt for a top six spot as Micky Mellon’s side scraped a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock in Ayrshire.

With difficult fixtures in the pipeline for Mellon before the split against Celtic and Aberdeen, the top six now looks out of reach. United struggled to get a grip of the game for large spells and Mellon was not impressed with the performance from his players in spells.

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Dundee United drew 1-1 on Saturday. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Speaking after the final whistle in Ayrshire, he said: “I believe that going in at half time 1-0 up, a team that has an opportunity to go where we wanted to go has to do better in the second half. There were moments of one-on-ones, set-plays and corners that a team aspiring to get into the top six has to be better at.

“We need to do things better and understand that those are the moments you need to dig down and be better at. We’ve created two chances at the end that if you’re going to be pushing towards that top half of the table you need to take.”

With St Mirren managing a win against Ross County, United’s hopes of a top six finish now look unlikely but the Arabs manager says top six wasn’t their aim at the beginning of the season.

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Battling with the Buddies. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Mellon said: “We probably had to come down to Kilmarnock and win and we knew that so we wouldn’t hide from that. It’s a big one next week but we have never spoken about our ambition. We’ve never actually said that.

“What we have said is that there needs to be a continuous development from this group and continuous development of the football club. I definitely knew it was going to be a battle coming down here and I knew it was going to be tough.

“At the end of the day, to come to Kilmarnock and to be disappointed to only take a point shows you the ambition of what we want to try and achieve. We fought hard to try and see that out but there are things that we have to improve on.”

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