Post-match reaction: Jackie McNamara and Allan Johnston

Paul Paton of Dundee United battles with Alexei Eremenko of Kilmarnock
Paul Paton of Dundee United battles with Alexei Eremenko of Kilmarnock

Goals from Nadir Ciftci, Stuart Armstrong and Aidan Connolly gave Dundee United an excellent 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Tannadice.

Killie, who had levelled through Manuel Pascali, have now lost four league games on the spin.

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara: "It was important to get the victory, especially at home. There was a lot of good stuff today, as there was in the Motherwell game, but we managed to score three goals.

"On another day we could maybe have scored a lot more, it was a bit frustrating with the last pass at times. But there was a lot of good play from us today, our passing and movement, and we carried a real threat going forward.

"The goal gave everyone a lift. We had a few opportunities to go and get the second, especially in the first half, but they got an equaliser and it was disappointing to lose that the way we did.

"But the lads kept at it, kept playing football and kept causing them problems. It took right to the last minute to get the third crucial goal to seal the victory but I don't think it was anything less than we deserved today.

"There's a lot of pressure on Nads [Nadir Ciftci] from last year, scoring 17 goals in his first season. You could see the third goal, a simple pass and we get the goal just by doing things properly. He's got to see things a little bit earlier but he's a fantastic talent and I'm delighted with his finish today, he took his goal very well.

"It's been a bit stop-start from Stuart [Armstrong] this season, he got injured at Celtic Park at the start of the season but I thought he was miles above everybody today. He was outstanding. Charlie Telfer as well, in his second start, they seemed to compliment each other.

"The Motherwell game we played very well, especially first half, and we didn't get what we deserved I felt. Today there was times when we played some good stuff and it's very important we take our chances when we get them."

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston: "This is a hard place to come but to get yourself back in the game after losing an early goal, it was really frustrating to lose the second goal.

"We were going into the game full of confidence, looking forward to it. They got the first goal and we could have defended it a lot better. We scored a great goal, it was great movement, great weight of pass, and it gets us back in the game. Then we switch off and lose a sloppy second goal.

"I think we've missed him [Tope Obadeyi] in the games he's not played this season. His strength, his pace, he gets us higher up the pitch, he's a goal threat. But we've got competition as well, the boys that have come in have got to make sure they keep their place in the team.

"Especially in the first half, I thought for long periods we passed the ball better than United. They got the first goal but we kept on going and thoroughly deserved to get the equaliser, and at that point we were in the ascendancy. That's why it's so frustrating to lose the second one.

"Michael Ngoo went to see a specialist yesterday and it looks as though he's going to have to get an operation, which is disappointing, especially when the compliance officer looks at it and doesn't think it's bad enough a tackle to warrant any action. It's really frustrating that we lose someone of that quality for so long."

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