Oh Danny Boy

19 September 2011 02:21
Dundee United are not a one man team but Peter Houston claims they play better when Danny Swanson is on the pitch. Peter Houston like to see a fit and ready Danny Swanson ahead of any game as he considers his side all the better for his inclusion. The attacking midfielder's season has been interrupted by injury so far, but impressed when scoring in United's 3-1 home win over Caley Thistle on Saturday. Inverness midfielder Nick Ross cancelled out Lauri Dalla Valle's first-half opener, Swanson took advantage of a mistake by visiting defender Roman Golobart just before the break to restore the United's lead. United substitute Jon Daly made sure of all three points when he headed home in the 69th minute to give his side their first home win of the league season. Manager Houston was delighted to claim all three points and hailed the contribution of Swanson, who scored his second goal in only six appearances this season in the win over Caley Thistle.He said: "There's no doubt that we are a better team with Danny in it. That's two games on the bounce for him now and there's no doubt that only someone with Danny's quality could have scored that goal. He's a very creative player and not only does he score goals, but he sets up chances for others. He's certainly a big player for us." The league defeat for Caley Thistle was hard to take as it was their first in three games. Alongside other results, the defeat at Tannadice left Inverness back at the bottom of the table. Manager Terry Butcher, however, pointed to the fact that he has not being able to field a settled team with seven first-team players currently in the treatment room. He said: "I think the fact we have so many players out caught up with us against Dundee United. I haven't had the opportunity to field the same team this season even if I wanted to and that lack of continuity has certainly not helped. I had to make one change for the United game with Gavin Morrison injured, but he would have been taking the free-kicks and corners. It's difficult, but we have to try and make ourselves harder to beat, starting by defending better."