Pain Relief

18 February 2013 04:16
Dundee United have the chance to forget Saturday when they meet Motherwell tomorrow.

Dundee United want to bounce back from the drubbing handed out by Celtic on Saturday when they head to Fir Park tomorrow night. Manager Jackie McNamara was disappointed to suffer such a heavy first defeat since taking over from departed boss Peter Houston. The 6-2 reverse saw them slip from sixth in the SPL to ninth. He wants his side to take the opportunity to quickly erase the memory of Saturday when they meet second-top Motherwel. He said: "I thought Celtic were good on the day but we didn't help with some of our defending. But now you've got to look for a reaction and I know they're a good bunch. I was disappointed more than anything with how things turned out at Parkhead. We've gone there and scored a couple of goals, and missed a penalty. And having watched it again, we get the goal and we're celebrating and they go and hit one up the park and get a corner and score from it. It's good that we have this game so soon to try and get that out our system. It's a good opportunity to go there and show what we can do, so hopefully we can come back with a positive result." Despite the result against his former club, McNamara maintains there are still some positives to take into the game with Stuart McCall's high-fliers. He said: "We created a few chances at a difficult venue and we scored a couple of goals. It gives me a lot of encouragement that we've got lads there who can go and hurt teams, as we know, but we've got to concentrate on the defensive side as well and make sure we do our job better in that respect. We know there are things there that defensively we need to work on. It's fair enough if you are getting carved open or guys with ability beating your defenders, but not just scoring a header from a corner. They are cheap goals to lose so that's what disappoints me most." McNamara expects Willo Flood to be in better shape at Fir Park, having played against Celtic while still suffering from flu symptoms. McNamara said: "Willo had been ill during the week and you could see he was struggling a bit. He hadn't eaten a lot so we knew it was a wee gamble to play at Celtic."

Source: ScottishFitba