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Peter Houston's Dundee United face a tough Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Moscow

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Peter Houston's Dundee United face a tough Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Moscow

Dundee United manager Peter Houston has set his players the target of keeping a clean sheet in the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie with Dinamo Moscow at Tannadice Park on Thursday.

The Terrors enter Europe for the third successive season and, despite a difficult draw against Dinamo, Houston believes his players have enough about them to continue into the play-off round.

Dinamo finished fourth in the Russian Premier League last season and Houston believes keeping a clean sheet at home could be vital if they want to cause an upset, especially with the backing of a jam-packed Tannadice.

He said: "First and foremost I would like no goals against that is the first criteria I would like, however we are at our best when we are attacking.

"I feel that if we go out with the right attitude, which I'm sure we will, and work very, very hard we can get that clean sheet at home and give us something to hold onto in Moscow I would be more than delighted.

"We know what we are up against - but as I always say we will go out there with the spirit we have in the team and the player's attitude and the commitment to the club and we will go out and try and make the supporters happy.

"They play a big part in it they will turn up in their numbers tomorrow and I'm sure with the supporters behind them the team will go out and do their very best."

Houston's side score more goals than any other Scottish Premier League club outside of the Old Firm last season and although a clean sheet is his priority he also admitted he does not want his players to lose that attacking mentality.

"We try and score goals in every game we play - I don't see why we should try and change our style at what we are best at for anybody," he said.

"If we try and sit and hold and get a zero against us it is more likely that we will concede a goal. We have been at our best when we attack and try and score goals."

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