Mark Reynolds was left to wonder what might have been after Dundee United lost 4-0 to Kilmarnock on the road.

Whilst having bright spells in the first half, Micky Mellon’s side found themselves 2-0 down at the break after Nicke Kabamba and Eamonn Brophy strikes. Another Kabamba effort and a stunning Rory McKenzie dink sealed a convincing Killie win.

Kilmarnock cruised to a win. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a disappointing result for United who were handed a reality check after a promising start to life back in the Premiership. Reynolds says that his side were maybe punished for things they could get away with last term in the Championship.

“We knew that Kilmarnock had had a bad start to the season, that they would be hurting and that would make them dangerous but the goals we gave away were cheap,” said Reynolds.

“The second goal just before half-time kills it for us, really. You are one down and the next goals swings it. If it had stayed 1-0 until the break we could have regrouped and then come out hunting them down. We were chasing the game after that and they could just sit back and hit us on the break and pick us apart when they wanted to.

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Reynolds and his team were put to the sword (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“It’s disappointing because we knew they might be low on confidence and we wanted to capitalise on that. If we had scored an early goal it could have sunk their morale but we lost the two goals and it was an uphill battle after that.

“We kept trying to break them down but it was hard and we were a bit naive when they countered against us for their last two goals. Maybe last year in the Championship we got away with poor decisions without being punished but you aren’t going to get away with them at this level.

“However, we will work on those mistakes in training over the next two weeks and we will come back stronger for it. We are only six games into the season and everyone is still finding their form. By the looks of things, everyone is capable of beating everyone else so it looks as though it will be a very tight league.”

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