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Key Players Make The Team Play
Published : 10 Feb 2013 16:41:55Rss feed
It can take just a couple of things to liven up a squad like a new manager and a player coming to a spate of form
Willo Flood has been highlighted as one of the main men behind Dundee United's recent revival. Team mate Gary Mackay-Steven feels midfielder Flood was instrumental in securing new manager Jackie McNamara's second win out of two games as United ran out 3-1 winners over Hearts at Tannadice on Saturday. Flood scored the second goal half as McNamara watched his side move into sixth place in the SPL. United's other goals came from Johnny Russell in the second-minute a substitute Michael Gardyne in the 89th-minute. Flood appears to have a new spring in his step since McNamara replaced Peter Houston recently, and Tannadice team-mate Mackay-Steven was quick to sing his praises after beating the Tynecastle side. He said: "Willo has been outstanding for us in the past two games. His goal was quality and his overall performance was of the highest order. Willo is big player for the club. He's the one who really gets everyone up for training every day and urges them on. Willo expects the highest standards from those around him and he's always there to do his bit as well. He looks as though he's really enjoying his football right now and long may that continue, along with the rest of the lads." Mackay-Steven was involved in a controversial first-half incident which ended with Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson involvement in the game as he was sent off by referee Willie Collum. Mackay-Steven felt the decision was harsh but promised not to change his attacking ways. He said: "I won't be changing my ways. That's how I play. I like taking players on as that's a big part of my game. Sometimes these kind of challenges happen but it doesn't put me off. We're on a decent wee run just now and just want to try to continue if for as long as possible. We've got a big game coming up away to Celtic next and we can hopefully go there with some confidence." Meanwhile, Hearts manager John McGlynn may appeal Stevenson's sending-off once he reviews the video. He said: "I'll have to see it again. When I do that then we can maybe look at appealing it. The people who've seen it thought it was a bit harsh but personally I would need to watch it for myself." McNamara was pleased with his players and thanks them for the second win on the bounce since he took over. He said: "I've got to praise the lads for their effort and commitment. They started the game really well and my only disappointment was that we lost a goal."