Dundee United: Jackie McNamara wants higher quality wins

Jackie McNamara
McNamara's side maintained second place in the Premiership

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara praised the result over the performance after his side edged out Partick Thistle 1-0 at Tannadice.

Nadir Ciftci's late penalty gave United the win after he was brought down by Danny Seaborne.

"I don't think it was the best of games," said McNamara.

"We didn't create a lot - certainly not as much as I'd like, but it's a win and a clean sheet - which is important."

The three points keep McNamara's side just one point off league-leaders Hamilton, but the manager was anticipating a livelier performance from his players.

"I said before the game what I was expecting from their work-rate and desire to get the ball back," said McNamara.

"We did that, but we didn't play our best - but crucially, we got the three points."

Thistle could have taken the lead early in the match through a Kris Doolan shot that Radoslaw Cierzniak tipped round the post, but United immediately replied through a Ciftci shot which Scott Fox saved easily.

"We cancelled each other out in the midfield area, and there was a lot of slack passing and possession," said McNamara.

"We could have gone one up, but Nadir was frustrated at half-time and he got the opportunity when Scott Fox pulled off a great save, but he came up with a crucial moment for us to win the match.

"We've not been playing at our best and today is a game we would probably have lost last year.

"Nadir showed his pace and strength in what had been a frustrating afternoon for him again, so I'm pleased he took the penalty and scored."

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