Houston wary of revitalised Bairns

26 February 2010 03:30
United romped to a 4-1 victory over Falkirk when the teams met last month, however plenty has changed since then.[LNB]United had their match against Aberdeen closely monitored last weekend and reports they received suggest new boss Steven Pressley will adopt a more robust counter-attacking style.[LNB]It worked against the Dons as they recorded an impressive 3-1 victory so it is unlikely they will change when heading to Tannadice.[LNB]The Bairns have been known for their free-flowing style in recent seasons but with relegation a strong possibility Pressley will try to shore things up and Houston knows it may be up to United to grind them down.[LNB]Houston said: "This game will be nothing like the match against Falkirk last month so you can't look into that at all.[LNB]"We played very well on the day and at the same time they were on a bit of a downer.[LNB]"Steven Pressley has come in and got his first win last weekend over Aberdeen.[LNB]"Their style will change a wee bit. I expect them to sit behind the ball a bit more and look for the counter-attacks.[LNB]"They did that to great effect last weekend against Aberdeen so I wouldn't expect too much different this time.[LNB]"From our perspective, we've got to pick up our home form and make sure we start properly.[LNB]"Our away form has been very good and I think that's because when we go away from home teams have a go at us.[LNB]"But we've noticed teams sitting in a bit more at Tannadice this season and looking for the counter-attack.[LNB]"That's what I expect Falkirk will do this weekend and we need to be more wise to it than we have been on certain occasions.[LNB]"We've lost the first goal a few times at Tannadice recently and after that it has meant we've not really got to grips with the games as we normally do.[LNB]"So solid defending and getting the first goal is the key. I've stressed that to the players and everyone knows what's required."[LNB]United were boosted by call-ups for Paul Dixon, Andy Webster and Garry Kenneth for Scotland's match against the Czech Republic next week.[LNB]Houston, who will assist manager Craig Levein in preparing the national team for the Hampden clash, has seen his camp given a lift by the recognition and believes it can rub off on the park.[LNB]He said: "The place has got a great lift from the Scotland squad being announced.[LNB]"We have three players involved and they will all be desperate to show what they can do.[LNB]"But it's not just about those three, we have a team of players capable of producing performances to a high level and I'm looking for everyone to be at their best."[LNB]Dixon is expected to return after an ankle injury but the game comes too soon for Fran Sandaza, Danny Cadamarteri and Scott Robertson.[LNB][LNB]

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