Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson believes one of the main reasons for his side’s struggles before the football suspension was due to opposing teams parking the bus.
Before all footballing activity in Scotland was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Terrors had won just one of their last seven league outings.
Despite that relatively poor run, the Tannadice Park outfit are still well clear at the top of the Championship, with 14 points separating themselves and second-placed Inverness Caley Thistle.
Neilson isn’t particular concerned about the run, and believes it has been a case of teams putting men behind the ball in a bid to steal points.
He said (quoted by The Courier): “I think it’s more teams coming to Tannadice, sitting in and being happy to take a point.
“Even going to away games, it’s been difficult.
“Earlier on the season we would go away from home and teams would have a go but now they’re sitting in and killing the game right from the start.
“Teams are giving us the respect because we’re top of the league and in the position we’re in.”
Prior to the run of one win in seven, United had won 10 of 11 outings between October and January including impressive victories over Inverness (0-3), Dundee (0-2) and Ayr United (4-0).
To be expected
Neilson makes the suggestion himself – top teams with attacking quality have to expect some opposition to sit in.
Often, it is the only way for teams to stand a chance of getting something from a game – if they commit too many forward and don’t take chances, they run the risk of being easily carved open.
With 52 goals scored in 28 matches played, Dundee United’s threat has been crystal clear – and teams have had to account for that.