Dundee United manager Micky Mellon won’t be too harsh on goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist despite the player making a mistake in the recent defeat to Rangers.
The goalkeeper’s clearance hit Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos and ended up in the back of the net. If that affected the player’s confidence you wouldn’t have known, as he later saved a penalty.
Mellon does accept that the goalkeeper was to blame for the fourth goal Rangers scored in the 4-1 loss. But he feels that Siegrist has been one of Dundee United’s best players this season.
“Benji is certainly right up there with one of our best performers – the levels he’s gave us” he said.
“We won’t be looking to put any blame on him. It’s a moment he won’t have wanted with the level of goalkeeper he wants to become. But he was unlucky and then makes a great save from a penalty kick” Mellon concluded.
It is the mark of a good goalkeeper when he is able to rebound from mistakes. That is what Siegrist did after conceding the goal. His head could have gone down after the error.
Made up for mistake
However, he managed to compose himself enough to save a penalty. That is the mark of a good goalkeeper. You have to imagine that when United return to action that Mellon will keep Siegrist in the side.
United takes on Kilmarnock on Saturday, who will be looking for the three points to stay in the Premiership just as much as United will in the battle for a top six place. Mellon will pick his strongest team, and despite his error, that will surely include Siegrist.