Micky Mellon has heaped praise on his side’s young attackers after Dundee United secured a big win away from home against Motherwell.
A goal from skipper Mark Reynolds was enough to split the sides in Lanarkshire as the Tangerines secured their first win under Mellon. They were without star man Shankland, but players such as Manchester City loanee Luke Bolton, Louis Appere and Logan Chalmers all stepped up to fill the void.
Manchester City loanee Bolton got the assist for Reynolds’ winner whilst Appere and Chalmers were a constant threat to Motherwell’s backline. Their efforts give United four points from their opening two games, a good return.
Mellon was left delighted with the attacking contributions and overall performance from his side: “We are well aware we are in a transition, that the asks will be tougher when you come to places like Motherwell than what they faced last year,” he said of his Championship winners.
“But the players are attacking it brilliantly well. We understand the players need to train at a certain tempo to get used to this level but the players are doing that terrifically, for now.
“I am not going to show any lack of respect by saying we didn’t believe we could come here and make some sort of impact against a really good Motherwell team, because we have good players. Now it’s probably now just a wee bit of belief.
“We showed a wee bit more control second half at a really tough place. There’s loads to go and today we can enjoy it. Football is a tough game so you enjoy the wins when they come along but we very quickly move on to Hibs.
“There’s an unbelievable team spirit. You’re looking for the opportunities to give the young players a blast at it. We don’t count age as an obstacle and we are very blessed to have some young boys who can come and handle this type of football.”