Game conditions frustrate Houston

Dundee United manager Peter Houston
Houston felt the wind helped his opponents

Manager Peter Houston felt Dundee United's trip to St Mirren should have been postponed because of high winds in Paisley.

"I don't think the game should have been played, and I'd have said that even if we'd won 3-2 or 3-0," he said.

"It was a farce. With the amount of midweeks we've got free we've got plenty of time to play this game.

"Credit to the players who did their best, but it could've been better if we'd played on a nice night."

The teams shared four first-half goals to take a point each from the match, but Houston felt the windy conditions helped St Mirren more.

"St Mirren played with the elements and probably went in front against the run of play," said Houston.

"Graham Carey scored with a great strike but without the help of the elements I think our goalkeeper Dusan Pernis might have been fancied to save it.

"I felt we should have had a penalty kick in the first minute, I thought it was a stonewaller, but we didn't get it."

United started the season slowly, taking 10 points from their first 10 matches.

But since 15 October their only defeats have been by single goals to league leaders Celtic and Rangers.

And Houston believes his squad is now starting to gel together better.

"It's been a transitional period for us. Tonight we had only three players from the team who won the Scottish Cup in 2010," he said.

"We've had four under-21s in the team lately and they take time to adjust to the league.

"We've also had injuries to key players like Danny Swanson and Scott Severin.

"But we've settled ourselves down and we've got a wee bit of depth, and we should have Richie Ryan from Sligo Rovers available for our next match.

"It wasn't until about March that we got a run together to get into fourth at the end of last season. Before that we were around eighth."

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