Houston out to build on fightback
Dundee United manager Peter Houston wants his side to build on their late Celtic comeback when they go into Wednesday night's re-arranged Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell at Fir Park.
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The Tannadice club fought back from 2-0 down in the closing minutes to secure a 2-2 draw against all the odds in last Sunday's match with the champions to hand them the perfect lift for their trip to Lanarkshire.
And Houston, whose team have picked up in recent weeks with a run of three games unbeaten in the league, reckons Sunday's share of the spoils and the manner in which they achieved it should give them every confidence for facing Stuart McCall's men.
Houston said: "It's always a boost when you've come back from behind in any game and get a draw like we did on Sunday.
"We felt we were very worthy of it on the day and now it's just a case of trying to build on it going into the Motherwell game.
"It's four games now since we lost that terrible game up in Inverness and we've been working hard and are reaping our rewards.
"We're in the middle of a hectic spell with one game coming quickly after the other but the boys are relishing it all.
"Sometimes they feel better playing rather than training and this Motherwell game can't come quickly enough."
Houston knows Fir Park has been a tough venue for his Tangerines team in the past, especially with the Steelmen having recaptured form lately following a dip.
And he insists they are fully prepared for the challenge which lies ahead against Stuart McCall's men.
He said: "We know to expect nothing other than a very hard game.
"We had (assistant manager) Paul Hegarty at their game at the weekend and he witnessed a very good performance.
"They're a very capable side when you look at the front four they've got, like (Jamie) Murphy, (Chris) Humphrey, (Michael) Higdon, and (Henrik) Ojamaa.
"Stuart McCall deserves a lot of credit for the team he's built and they always like to attack. We'll have to be wary of that but, at the same time, focus on ourselves.
"We have this game followed by Hibs at the weekend but we'll concentrate on one match at a time and see where it takes us.
"The boys are in good spirits and when you've had a good result they're always eager for the next game."