Houston focused on Hibs clash

  • Last Updated: November 9 2012, 19:40 GMT

Dundee United manager Peter Houston claims his side's secret to success recently has been refusing to look too far ahead.

Peter Houston: Taking things game by game

And that will not change as they turn their focus to this weekend's SPL meeting with joint-leaders Hibernian at Easter Road.

The Tannadice club have shaken off their early-season sluggishness which saw them slip to second bottom and moved up into seventh place thanks to their hard-fought 1-0 win away to Motherwell at Fir Park during the week.

United are in the middle of a hectic schedule which has brought out the best in Houston's men, who were widely tipped to be challenging for second spot in the SPL before a ball was kicked.

And Houston, who watched his side come from 2-0 down to earn a share of the spoils in last Sunday's match with Celtic, is not about to change his philosophy which has served the Taysiders well in the past.

He said: "We've played against some good sides recently and it's been hectic.

"St Mirren fall into that category, Aberdeen are a good team, Hearts are one of the best in the country and Celtic are obviously an excellent side.

"But we'll just take just one game at a time. That's always been our policy at this club and it's something we're happy with.

"Hibs are the first obstacle which we see in front of us going into Sunday's match.

"By treating it this way, we can see the strengths and weaknesses of each club and try to come up with a game-plan which we can execute nearer the time."

Houston is full of praise for Pat Fenlon's on-form Hibees side after defeating them easily on the opening day of the season back in August.

The Edinburgh club have picked up considerably since then, though, so United have been well warned about what awaits them come kick-off time on Sunday.

Houston said: "Hibs are in really decent form.

"They got a draw at Parkhead earlier in the season and because of that you're confidence naturally grows from there.

"They've had some other good results since then so it's been one thing after another for them.

"I was at the Motherwell match me when they beat them 4-0 in the Friday night game and they certainly took their chances.

"We'll have to be at our best to win and we're under no illusions about how tough its going to be for us."

United drew at Easter Road in the early stages of last season and Houston is well aware there's never been much between the sides.

He said: "It's a tough match but games between the two teams have always been good at Easter Road.

"They're normally quite tight and I would expect this one to be no different.

"They're top of the table on merit so we'll need to be ready for the challenge which awaits us on Sunday.

"We've got to make sure we're organised and do the basics well like we have done in recent weeks.

"If we play like we did in spells against Motherwell the other night I'll be happy.

"We played some decent stuff and got our just reward."

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