Micky Mellon believes a club like Dundee United should be going to teams like Ross County and winning after another impressive away victory.
The Tangerines had to come from behind to secure a fine 2-1 win over a Ross County side who hadn’t been beaten in any of their opening three games. Former Arab Coll Donaldson haunted his old side with a good strike to give the Staggies an advantage.
But Mellon’s men claimed the three points in the end, Peter Pawlett grabbing the leveler before half time and Nicky Clark rising from the bench to net a winner 11 minutes from time.
County felt they should have had a penalty as Harry Paton went down in the box, but alas, it’s Dundee United who have the three points. It moves them into fourth place with seven points from a possible 12, a very good return for the promoted side.
For Mellon though, it is to be expected at a club like Dundee United. They are a big name in Scottish football and Mellon reckons it is compulsory results like this should be achieved, hailing the experience in his squad.
“I’m delighted with the performance and delighted with the young boys who came in, along with the experienced boys who gave us the performance they did,” said Mellon (DUTV).
“But like I’ll say – and I mean this – we are Dundee United. I want everyone to acknowledge that. I see us as a club that should be coming here and representing the club properly and expecting us to perform well.
“That’s the size of the football club. That’s how highly I hold it. I’m delighted we were able to do that today but I won’t get carried away. We have to find that level of consistency in the performance but I was chuffed to bits with the young boys.
“The old players drive the standards of the football club. Since I’ve come in, they’ve been absolutely magnificent. I know every manager will stand here and say that, I’ve heard all that before, but I’m sincere when I say, that dressing room is sorted by the older players.
“They make sure the behaviour is right, they do everything that is needed to train well. They try to improve every day. They try to make sure we come to represent this football club properly all the time and the older players do that.
“When they’re not playing, you don’t get anyone with the hump, they come on and expect to do a job for us and many of them did that for us. I’m delighted for the whole group.”