Houston praise for players for response to Cup defeat

Peter Houston
Houston's side have now won six out of six matches in the Scottish Premier League

Dundee United manager Peter Houston felt his players answered their critics in their 3-2 victory away to Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Premier League.

United crashed out of the Scottish Cup in a 3-0 defeat by Motherwell, and Houston was pleased to see his side turn the result around.

"This team has had a couple of dodgy results over the past few years," said Houston.

"But they always go out and answer back the right way."

United came from behind to win at Ibrox and deny Rangers the chance to go top of the SPL.

Nikica Jelavic headed Rangers ahead but David Robertson levelled for United before Steven Naismith volleyed Rangers back in front after the interval.

The Tangerines came back again when Johnny Russell nodded powerfully into the net and David Goodwillie snatched victory for the visitors on 89 minutes.

"They came back twice, here at Ibrox, and all credit to them," said Houston of his players. "They were hurting after the Motherwell match and didn't play anywhere near the standards they set themselves.

"It was a thrilling victory, and it's now six out of six for us.

"Rangers' first real attack of the game let them score with a header, but possession-wise, I would like to see the stats, because we had every bit as much of the ball as them.

"But the best way to unsettle Rangers is by scoring. It might have taken the 44th minute to do it, but it was built up well."

Houston added: "You have to look at our resilience and confidence. We've sent loyal Dundee United fans home happy tonight.

"They travel with us through thick and thin and they're all going home in their cars with a 3-2 victory.

"We want to win every game, and see where we are at the end of the season, but we came here against Rangers, who were the favourites, and we scored three unlikely goals to get the win."

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