Houston happy after battling display

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Peter Houston hailed his side's battling qualities against Kilmarnock
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Peter Houston hailed his side's battling qualities against Kilmarnock

Dundee United manager Peter Houston praised his players after their spirited fight-back secured a 3-3 draw with Kilmarnock.

United trailed 2-0 and 3-1 at Tannadice before captain Jon Daly's double - the second goal coming in injury time - earned them a deserved draw.

Houston said: "I asked them at half-time to show a wee bit of character and they did just that. I've got to take my hat off to them for that. I felt we were totally dominant in the second half which speaks volumes for the lads' attitude. I must give them great credit for a never-say-die fightback."

He went on: "We got the goals which we deserved and to come from 2-0 down against a side like Killie is never easy.

"There was some stick coming from the supporters which I have to say was a bit disappointing. We played some really good football and scored some goals to match. I expect a bit more support to be honest when you see 11 guys out there fighting for the cause the way they did."

Killie boss Kenny Shiels hit back at United midfielder Willo Flood for claiming he called them a long-ball team the previous time the teams met earlier this season.

He said: "He's used it as a motivational tool to try and garner some motivation ahead of the game.

"But it's not what I said. I had nothing but praise for Dundee United after we beat them 3-1 and think they will be up there challenging for the title.

"I would like an apology."

As for Friday night's game, Shiels added: "The game was a great advert for the SPL and I'm just disappointed we couldn't hold out."

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