Dundee United manager Houston pleased with clean sheet

Dundee United manager Peter Houston
Houston was pleased to keep a clean sheet against St Johnstone

Dundee United manager Peter Houston was pleased to boost confidence with a shut-out against St Johnstone.

The 0-0 draw at Tannadice did little for United's league position, but Houston was happy nonetheless.

"I thought we could've been more of a threat going forward," Houston told BBC Radio Scotland.

"We were a wee bit tentative going forward, but defensively I thought we were excellent. The positive to take is that we got a clean sheet."

United are yet to win in October, but the draw with Saints ended a run of two straight defeats.

"We've worked very, very hard on the shape of the team and I felt the shape of the team defensively was very good," said Houston.

"The back four on the whole was very good and they also got good protection from the middle of the park."

When asked if he thought he could improve his squad in January, Houston replied: "I very much doubt it.

Interview - Dundee United manager Peter Houston

"I think people would have to go out. Between last season and now, we've lost three international players and we lost David Goodwillie, another international player, and brought in £2m.

"Budgets have to be cut and we're having to work with some younger players and that's the way it is and Dundee United fans will need to get used to it.

"There's cutbacks here and I'm sure they'll be wanting Dundee United to be here than not be here.

"I look at St Johnstone, full of experience. They're full of experience on their bench apart from three young lads who have to be put in there. They've got loads of players.

"When I look at Dillon, Swanson and one other out, we're struggling for bodies."

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