Dundee United left the SMISA Stadium on Friday night with another point to take back up to Tannadice but it wasn’t all plain sailing for Micky Mellon as his side had to battle for a point against a rejuvenated St Mirren side.
Mellon was pleased with the point but is striving for improved performances from his players. Speaking post-match, the United manager said: “It was another hard-earned point, a clean sheet on the road and those are the positives, but we want to get better all the time.
“We need to be better with the football and I felt, at times, we lacked that wee bit of calmness to make three or four passes to get us up the pitch. The frontmen’s quality is there but was the movement imaginative enough? Was it good enough? Probably not.
“When you’re playing like that and you know you’re not being good enough with the ball, it’s important you do the necessaries at the other end of the pitch.”
United have steadily built up a solid points tally to sit fifth in the league without really getting into gear. Mellon is pleased with where his side are at but wants to see continued improvement as the season goes on.
The Arabs boss said: “It’s important, absolutely – that’s what we lacked three, four, five games ago. Before this little run we’d have lost those games. It’s important you battle it out and make sure that everybody understands we want to get better with the ball.”
“When you’re not hitting the levels that you want and expect to hit, it’s important you keep it nil at the other end as long as you possibly can to give yourself a chance and they’re doing that at the minute. We’re ticking the points over; we want to get better all the time and we’ll just keep going.”
Although United sit fifth in the league Mellon doesn’t want his players to get carried away with where they are. The Tannadice outfit haven’t really got into a groove so far this season with results inconsistent across the board. Mellon wants his players to knuckle down and improve as the season goes on.
He said: “We just want to get better and keep improving all the time. There are things already I thought that we’d sorted but I looked on Friday night and thought we need to keep going with that and be aggressive in improvements.
“We’ll keep going at that and banging away at it. If we keep getting clean sheets, we’ll give ourselves a chance in every game.”