Happy Dundee United boss Peter Houston still wants talks

Peter Houston applauds his players
Houston will have a meeting with the club's board on Sunday

Dundee United manager Peter Houston says the 4-1 win over Dunfermline will not prevent him seeking answers about his future from the club's board.

Chairman Stephen Thompson cut short a family holiday to hold the meeting on Sunday after speculation in the media and in the city of Dundee.

"Yes, I've got questions and there are still the same questions whether we won or lost," Houston told BBC Scotland.

"I will speak to the board and see where this football club is going."

United had gone into the game at East End Park in 10th place in the Scottish Premier League but with Houston stressing that he had lost many of his best players during the summer because of cost cutting.

"We have a squad, if everybody's fit, that is capable of beating any team in this league outwith the Old Firm," said the manager, who will talk to the club's board on Sunday.

"I still think it is the same. When you have a small squad, you have to have a lot of the squad who are fit."

However, Houston heaped praise Johnny Russell, Gary Mackay-Steven, who both scored against the Pars, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Allan and Ryan Dow, describing them as "great young players but players who need time to develop".

"They won't play good every week, they are inconsistent, but I thought they should be proud of themselves that they put up such a good performance against a difficult side," said the manager.

"It was a great performance."

Speculation had mounted over Houston's position after last weekend's league draw with St Johnstone followed by the midweek Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of First Division side Falkirk.

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However, Houston thought his side had also played well in both those games and thought they merited the victory even before Dunfermline were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Gary Mason.

"For 90 minutes, even before the man was sent off, we were well on top and we created so many chances," he said.

"Yes, we would have more results in the bag and more points on the table, but we took our chances today.

"The three points were magnificent and were big for us.

"It's not about Peter Houston. It is about getting points on the board that gets us up the league."

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