Inverness CT 2-3 Dundee Utd: Young refuses to take credit for win

Caretaker boss Gordon Young refused to take any credit for relegated Dundee United ending a four-match Premiership losing streak by beating Inverness.

Young only made two injury-enforced changes after taking charge following Mixu Paatelainen's departure.

The already relegated Tangerines went 3-0 up before Caley Thistle hit back twice to ensure a nervous finish.

"There is nothing I have done that is revolutionary or different," Young told BBC Scotland.

"Football is strange. The amount of preparation I have seen going into matches over the years and you lose a game and you think 'what could I have done different?'

"Tonight we didn't change anything and we got a result. We played like that against Dundee on Monday. I just kept things the way they have been. But tonight I felt we got the breaks we haven't had in certain games.

Dundee United defender Callum Morris is sent off against Inverness Caledonian Thistle
United lost Callum Morris (far right) to a late red card

"We have made a lot of chances all season but we have lost seven or eight games from winning positions.

"From those winning positions, we have missed gilt-edged chances immediately afterwards and then conceded at the other end, whereas tonight we managed to get three in front and hold on."

Midfielder John Rankin, one of eight players told they will not be offered a new contract, said United's performance was simply a matter of pride, especially once defender Callum Morris was sent off for a second booking with 12 minutes left.

"I don't think we had a point to prove, because we have been poor too many times this season," he told BBC Scotland.

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Interviews: Hughes and Young

"But there was no pressure on us tonight so it was a bit different mentally. We were able to pass the ball and play with a smile on our faces.

"It was backs-to-the-wall after Callum got sent off and although three points mean nothing for us now, we were playing for pride tonight."

We need to be more clinical - Hughes

A disappointed Inverness manager John Hughes felt his side dominated the game but were undermined by a lack of fluency and cutting edge.

"I thought we were the better team but we just need to be more clinical with our passing and link-up play. It just needed to be quicker and sharper," he said.

"To lose the third goal in the way we did gave us a massive task. We gave it a right good go and credit to them for that, but it was just too much.

"I thought their first goal was going to be the wake-up call we needed but we were just lacklustre. We got started in the second half but it was really too late. It is frustrating."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35248382275580
2Aberdeen35225860402071
3Hearts35179955371860
4St Johnstone35147145251149
5Motherwell35145164353-1047
6Ross County35135174957-844
7Dundee351114105251147
8Inverness CT361210144948146
9Partick Thistle35118163445-1141
10Hamilton35109163960-2139
11Kilmarnock3598183857-1935
12Dundee Utd3676233865-2727
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