Blair Spittal insists Dundee United can defy the odds and avoid relegation following a much-needed boost to morale in the Scottish Cup at the weekend. A 1-0 victory over Airdrieonians was enough to see United safely through to the fifth round and end a run of nine games without a win.
The cup tie also provided brief respite from a dismal league campaign, which sees the Tayside club sit 11 points adrift at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
But Spittal believes there is renewed confidence in the dressing room now ahead of Friday’s visit of Celtic.
The midfielder said: “We have been saying for a while that we need a win to kickstart our bid to beat the drop.
“Not a lot of people are backing us, but we’ve got to take confidence from this game and build on it. This win has got to give us confidence. The clean sheet was a bonus as well. We have been conceding sloppy goals lately, but we kept it tight against Airdrie and we kept the ball well in the second half especially.”
Spittal claimed the decisive goal against the Diamonds with 11 minutes to go with a wonderful free-kick that was a carbon copy of his strike in last week’s Dundee derby.
He added: “I was delighted with the goal, but I was more delighted with the second half performance from the boys.”
Airdrie boss Eddie Wolecki Black felt the outcome at the Excelsior Stadium was harsh on his players. He claimed the League One outfit’s efforts merited at least a lucrative replay at Tannadice.
He said: “Disappointed doesn’t really cover it right now. I’m more disappointed for the players because they put so much into the game and I really didn’t think we deserved to lose.”