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Houston accepts fixture congestion

11 March 2011 05:00
Dundee United manager Peter Houston has promised there will be no excuses if his team's Scottish Cup defence fails amid a heavy fixture schedule. United secured their third Premier League win in nine days when Jon Daly's injury-time goal secured a 2-1 victory over Hamilton. The club issued a statement expressing their disappointment when the date was set for the twice-postponed game, which comes less than three days before their cup quarter-final against Motherwell. "There is nothing we could do because we've got to fit the fixtures in at some stage," Houston said. "The SPL had to get it in somewhere. I would have liked it in another week but we've got Motherwell in the cup and there is no point mumping and moaning about it. "We've got a couple of days' recovery time. We will do very, very little. I will shape the team up on Saturday and probably pick the team on Saturday after a recovery session. We will do very little on Saturday as well. "We are focused and, if we don't win the cup tie, I won't stand here saying it was because we were too tired and blaming anybody."

Source: PA