Dundee United will be without Benjamin Siegrist and Manchester City loanee Luke Bolton in this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Hibs.
Siegrist has fractured his wrist and the Tannadice goalkeeper will remain out for the rest of the season. Bolton meanwhile has returned down south as the Manchester City loanee deals with a private family matter.
Speaking ahead of the huge match at Hampden, Dundee United manager Micky Mellon said: I spoke to a lot of people who I trust in the game and one of the things they said was ‘whatever you do Micky, the players will always play better with a bit of pressure on’. And if you are playing against a team with a bit of pressure on them, it can be difficult to get it right.
“As much as you say to the players, ‘get focused’, if there is no pressure on them and you are playing against a team who were fighting like Ross County, history even will tell you that it can be difficult. This weekend I have no problem with them being focused. The pressure is on and that is where you get the best out of yourself.
“When you have your back to the wall and it is ‘right, let’s get it on’ and that’s what the team will be. When the pressure seems to come off it seems to be difficult, not just for us, for a lot of sportsmen. It is like pre-season friendlies, when there is nothing on it.
“You don’t quite see what your team is like until the bullets start flying and the season gets going. This weekend will be a different game again and it is all on, so I am looking forward to it.”
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