Dundee United boss Peter Houston praises United recovery

Paul Dixon
Paul Dixon (left) scored a last-minute equaliser to salvage a point for United

Dundee United manager Peter Houston hailed his team's 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park as their best performance of the season.

Paul Dixon scored in injury time to cancel out James Dayton's opener and earn the visitors a hard-fought point.

"Nobody could have complained if it was 4-0 after 15 minutes," said Houston.

"It was our best performance of the season by far in my opinion. It would have been gut-wrenching to lose, it almost feels like a defeat."

Dixon's late goal saved United's blushes, although the Tannadice outfit had plenty of chances to take charge of the match.

Gavin Gunning had a header saved on to the bar and team-mate Stuart Armstrong struck the post during the first half, but it was Killie who broke the deadlock through James Dayton's marvellous strike from distance.

United were rewarded when Dixon beat Killie keeper Cammy Bell from the edge of the box.

"If it wasn't for Cammy Bell, who won the man of the match award, we could have scored lots more, we had 17 shots on target to their four," said Houston.

Dixon's goal ensured United have taken four points from their last two matches, after fighting back from 2-0 down to defeat Inverness 3-2 and Houston was full of praise for his players' fighting spirit.

"We are never beaten, we showed that last week by coming back against Inverness and demonstrated the same levels of fight again today," said Houston.

"The players kept at it and gave 100% and I thought Paul Dixon's goal was fantastic."

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