Football - McNamara calls for reaction to Celtic loss

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has challenged his players to bounce back from their heavy defeat at the hands of Celtic in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match with Motherwell.

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The Tangerines went down 6-2 to the champions in what was McNamara's first defeat since taking over from departed boss Peter Houston, and saw them slip from sixth in the table to ninth.

United have a quick opportunity to make amends when they visit Fir Park for their rearranged league clash with second-top Motherwell and McNamara is urging them to seize the opportunity.

He said: "I thought Celtic were good on the day but we didn't help with some of our defending.

"But now you've got to look for a reaction and I know they're a good bunch.

"I was disappointed more than anything with how things turned out at Parkhead. We've gone there and scored a couple of goals, and missed a penalty.

"And having watched it again, we get the goal and we're celebrating and they go and hit one up the park and get a corner and score from it.

"It's good that we have this game so soon to try and get that out our system.

"It's a good opportunity to go there and show what we can do, so hopefully we can come back with a positive result."

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