Dundee United

Dundee United
New 'Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson on the touchline. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Partick 1 - 2 Dundee United: Winning start for Robbie Neilson

Robbie Neilson got exactly the start he wanted to his career as United’s manager with a victory which provided evidence that there are better times ahead for the troubled Tayside club. He even drew positives from their wastefulness in front of goal, claiming it allowed his players to prove that they had the fortitude required to dig out a result when Thistle came into it near the end.

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Crowds at Tannadice Street before the game between Dundee and Rangers. Pic: I Davidson/DC Thomson

Aidan Smith: When Dundee wrestled with the two-headed cup-tie and won

OK, let’s get the jokes out of the way: Aberdeen have to go early and Hearts should be allowed to come later. The Dons play a difficult brand of football and I’m not sure it’s suitable for the primetime slots. If they were a film, Aberdeen would be a complex art-house movie, defiantly shunning easy, mainstream crowd-pleasing tricks such as strikers and goals as they seek a more cerebral appreciation of their craft. The manager Derek McInnes isn’t a director, he’s an auteur. Cries of pretentiousness are water off un canard’s dos as he sends out his players with detailed scripts. “That’s a journal,” quipped BT Sport’s Chris Sutton at Easter Road last Tuesday night, as yet more instructions were carried on to the pitch.

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