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    Peter Grant at Tannadice 

    Sunday, December 08, 2019 6:28:37 PM

    Peter Grant at Tannadice

    In the first half we had to dig in when you come to places like Tannadice and that was the same when I came as a player, it’s always a place where there is a fast start that’s the way Dundee United play and we gave too many set plays away, throw ins, corners and we were under the cosh a bit. Jamie MacDonald did exceptionally well from long distance shots and we blocked efforts but that is part of the job, but to lose the goal as we did just on half-time, I was really disappointed to say the least because we were in possession of the ball and we should have held it and start again, but we tried to go forward and gave away possession which is lack of experience and a bad time to lose a goal going in at half-time.

    In the second half I thought we played a lot of good stuff, when you look at it the players Dundee United have and everything else which is different between the two clubs, if you had been up here watching the game for the first time and you hear Dundee United fans whistling for the full time whistle, I think that tells you enough of how we finished the game. However losing the second goal as we did, a ball up the inside of our full back shouldn’t happen, but how can Scott Taggart be five yards in front and then Louis Appere be five yards in front of him - there is only one way as he pulled him back. I don’t like complaining about things like that after you have lost a game of football. We are not Dundee United, we are not one of the big clubs but we look for the same consistency of decisions. I feel for the referees because of all the new decisions but when they start to cost you and they have this season.

    Dundee United supporters were desperate for the final whistle and near the end Robbie Thomson should have a strike, we created the chance and he knows that but the players take great credit for the way we tried to play here and in the two games we have played Dundee United I think we have been more than a match for them, but they can ask questions in a different way because of the players they have but I give nothing but credit to these boys but the bottom line is we have to learn how to win that’s the bottom line in football.

    Peter Grant  

     

    Peter Grant after home defeat to ICT 

    Saturday, November 30, 2019 2:19:18 PM

    Peter Grant after home defeat to Inverness CT

    I thought the team were outstanding, but goals change games everybody knows that and the timing of the goals weren’t ideal but I can’t give nothing but praise to the players, we created chances, maybe not enough, we got in right good positions, probably the final shot or pass wasn’t good enough and consistent enough, but effort and commitment people always talk about and I thought the way we played was outstanding, but at important times in the game we missed good opportunities and that final pass.

    A couple of decisions including the first goal, I heard Jamie shouting but Scott had decided to head it which lead to an own goal, and losing the second goal just on the stroke of half-time was crucial which gave us a mountain to climb in the second half.

    Then we lost a player, to be fair I would like to see it again, I usually got a bonus for a tackle like that but now it is an ordering off! It would be unfair to criticise the referee without seeing it again. I thought in the first half we should have had a penalty kick when at 0-0 for a tackle on Alan Trouten which beggars belief, considering the free kicks the referee then gave later for wee shoves, so it must have been a stone waller if that was the case. If we had managed to go 1-0 up, against our style of play, it would have been very difficult for the opposition but they got the lift at the right time but I can’t heap nothing but praise on my players.  

    It is again nice to hear opposition managers praise our players and the fact that many of them could make it as full time players, I have no doubt in these players talents but the bottom line is we are second bottom of the league, although our performances might not deserve that position, we have maybe had 3 below standard performances this season but for me the players give everything and we are playing the hardest way to play at the moment because of our position in a very difficult league, we might have to be more ruthless in both boxes, with a desire not to concede and the desire to get in the box and finish which is most important, what you do outside these boxes is nice, good to watch, great movement but the bottom line is we need to win games of football and find a way to win. I know I have the players who can win games, I know the way we play will win us games but we have to stop losing silly goals. If we had got the penalty kick I believe it would have been a completely different game.

    Peter Grant

    Peter Grant after Scottish Cup victory 

    Saturday, November 23, 2019 5:42:13 PM

    Peter Grant after Scottish Cup victory at Elgin

    I thought we played a lot of good stuff in the first half but without really hurting the opposition, we had said we didn’t want to give Elgin a start and then lost a bad goal and Jamie then had to pull off a good save after that, which gave them a lift from our errors  in the first half. We have to give Jamie credit because he pulled off a couple of good saves at crucial times.

    We dominated a lot of the ball but we knew how difficult it would be because Elgin City have been on a great run of form, I have watched them a few times and they are a credit to their league the way they play and they have very good players who can hurt you, we always knew we were in a difficult game, but cup ties are all about winning and I was delighted the way we responded and played in the second half and deserved our victory.

    In the second half we got the important early goal and never looked back, we gave Liam Dick the first hour after coming back from injury and that was important because Blair Malcolm done his ankle the other night in training. Young Nathan Gilhooly came on to give him more first team action, he has been training really well and deserved his run out.

    I was pleased all round I thought there was a lot of good stuff, yes there are things we still need to get better at we always know that, but I don’t think anybody could argue about the result and the main thing was to be in the draw for the next round.

    Peter Grant

    Peter Grant after defeating Dunfermline 

    Saturday, November 09, 2019 7:38:00 PM

    Peter Grant after victory over Dunfermline

    Last week was a massive blow for us, I thought we played really well for 80% of the game but lost the game, and I thought it was the same thing this week again having dominated early on we moved the ball really well and it is a great credit to this group of boys because I think the way they play, even when they are not winning games of football, they are trying to do the right things and yes they have made errors and again it could have cost us again today by giving away a penalty from us having good possession then giving it away but it again shows the character of them.

    Sometimes you have to win ugly and I think we need to give Robbie Thomson great credit today as well, you need to defend from the front and I thought he was brilliant when he came on and I thought that was a big plus for us. We have been struggling with injuries, Jon Robertson had to go into the middle of the pitch for the first time this season, Jamie MacDonald had to make some important saves and Andy Graham, typical performance and continued in the game when most players would have wanted to come off after suffering a head knock, all in all the performance, the result today is something we have richly deserved.

    It is our first win in five league games, the difference between winning games and drawing is massive we had two draws in that time which turned into wins would have made a big difference, we like to play well but sometimes you need to win ugly as well and take the three points you have to do that at times and we have not done that often enough. There was a desire not to concede to-day, Dunfermline are a big strong side with excellent delivery and a front four who work you really hard and I thought we defended that ever so well, we also moved the ball well, even although we had guys playing in different positions for the first time this season and I think they deserve great credit today.

    Peter Grant

     

    Peter Grant after losing at Gayfield 

    Saturday, November 02, 2019 5:08:30 PM

    Peter Grant after losing at Gayfield

    The way the boys play it is a great credit to them when other people compliment them but we cannot afford to give goals away the way we have been doing. We cannot chase every single game by giving the opposition a start, we know we are a good side as I said when I took the job, I want to play with a certain style but against the ball I want us to be the ugliest team in the division.

    Right at the start of the game we were in possession on the two occasions we lost the two goals which is quite incredible but this is not the first time it has happened and that’s the galling thing, if you were to take the goals away from the game I think the general way we played was excellent and we had a great chance which fell to Jon Robertson near the end to equalise but you cannot keep chasing in this division trying to come back from losing two goals. Great credit to the boys they kept going and showed some wonderful skills in passing and moving but the bottom line is, it’s when the ball goes in the net, that’s what counts, which we didn’t do along with giving away cheap goals.

    We are trying to win in a certain style, but trying to win, if you had said to me we didn’t play well but we had won I would have been delighted, because you have to find a way to win and that’s what we are trying to do, we are not here to get plaudits we are here to try and win games of football and I am not stupid the bottom line is you have to win games of football and I know I have the players who are more than capable of winning games of football, that’s the pleasing thing, if I was sitting here thinking, will we just boot it up the pitch because I do not have the quality to win games of football I would be panicking but I know we have the quality but we have to stop giving teams two goals of a start.

    We have been getting into the final third too many times where the final choice wasn’t there or the ball just wouldn’t break and you have to give Arbroath credit, they defended their lines really well and kept us away from the goal, but that is the art of defending, you have to defend your goal - we were in possession twice and lose two goals, that can’t be right and that is the time if you are full time you can have time to work on, it’s certainly not their character, they have better character than any of the full time professionals I have ever worked with, their character is magnificent, their desire to train, their desire to play is phenomenal.

    I know I have the players to turn this around, we are going through a bad moment of results at this period of time, not performance wise just on results and let’s be honest that’s the bottom line, you need to get results in games of football.

    Peter Grant

    Peter Grant after home defeat to Dundee 

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:04:22 AM

    Peter Grant after home defeat to Dundee

    The better team won, it’s the first time we’ve been outplayed, Dundee played very well, however I was disappointed at ourselves, but you have to give credit to the opposition, I thought they were excellent.

    It was a hard one to take, we didn’t play well and the opposition did play well and they punished us, we weren’t good enough on the ball, which is our strength, we got turned over too many times and we got done when we were in possession of the ball and lost two or three of the goals, if you do that you are going to suffer especially against quality players.

    The boys have never let us down here; yes we have had some difficult days but that is the first time we have been outplayed by anybody, great credit to Dundee and we know we have to improve, the boys are hurting as we all are but I thought a lot of it was our own doing.

    Peter Grant

    Peter Grant after 2-2 draw v. QOS 

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 2:20:26 PM

    Peter Grant after 2-2 draw against QOS

    I think we had a great chance to go ahead just after the half hour when the score line was 0-0, we miss it and that changed the game a little bit but to then lose the goals the way we did, which were two terrible goals from my point of view, losing one was bad enough but to lose two goals in quick succession was incredible and that has happened too often at home this season, we have periods like that which is something we have to irradiate from our game.

    The one thing I know about this group of players they have an unbelievable character and commitment to this football club and they proved that again in the second half. I get more annoyed with them because I know the standards they set, day in day out when they come here to train. I know the levels they perform at, even last week at Inverness going from 2-1 down late in the game to get a late equaliser and a vital point up there, I could never question their character but today at half-time I was so disappointed, probably frustrated and angry all in the one, because we were giving ourselves too much to do. The demands that they demand of their selves is incredible, to come here and train after long shifts at work and to show that commitment again in the second half, I’m very proud of the spirit they have but frustrated because I think it is two points dropped rather than one gained.

    We had great possession and were on top before Queen’s took the lead, but we had a great chance in front of goal just prior to their opening goal. There were probably too many players round about the ball and it was a big chance. We had a lot of the ball but didn’t work their goalkeeper enough. I made a slight change at half-time, Kevin Cawley who has been outstanding for us, but it just wasn’t working for him in the first half and I had to change something, and I thought that worked well, not the fact that Kevin came off I just thought bring Alan Trouten who has a game to understand and pick up and find space and he gets his goal. Liam Buchanan has been excellent and it has been very harsh to leave him out because he is an outstanding striker and he has been outstanding around the boys as well, and Kevin O’Hara had a fantastic finish to draw us level, the game was strange the two goals came in quick succession for both teams but I’m probably going away home more frustrated than Allan Johnston, I’m thinking two points dropped, he is probably a point gained.

    Peter Grant 

    Manager after draw at Inverness 

    Saturday, October 19, 2019 2:03:14 PM

    I told my players to forget all about the defeat last week in the Tunnock’s Caramel Cup prior to returning to Inverness for today’s league fixture. That game had gone and we looked to take something from today’s game, knowing we had created good chances last week and hoped for better fortune on this occasion.

    Delighted with the character shown by the squad, we couldn't do a full training session this week as we had players struggling and had two fitness tests at the stadium prior to the match, it would have been a total injustice if we hadn't at least got a point, the players play with pride and desire not to let each other down along with the supporters who were fantastic also, but just as important they play with a style that suits them but also takes courage and that's why I'm so proud of them all.

    Peter Grant

    Peter Grant at Inverness 

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 2:20:32 PM

    Peter Grant going out Tunnock’s Cup to ICT

    Today was like other games in the fact you are pleased with certain aspects of the game and there are things you are disappointed with, young Nathan who was making his debut done tremendous against two wide players who are probably as good as any other in the league, he made one error and that shows you the difference at the levels when you come up into first team football, that’s what people are capable of if you make a mistake and you get punished, the timing of the goal wasn’t great but up until then both teams tried to play, there were chances in the game but I thought we created as much as Inverness Caley did and I was very pleased with a lot of today.

    We were always in the game, the second goal took a cruel deflection but then after Alan Trouten had a great opportunity at a crucial stage in the match which came of the post, we are a team who will always create chances and I think we have the players to be capable of doing that. The goals we lost, the referee has to look at himself especially at the last one, and if that wasn’t a push I have never seen a push. We are used to these decisions just now, I have said before “ I think it is poor old Alloa” we can give decisions against them and it doesn’t matter but it does to us because the boys work extremely hard and I get really disappointed for them because I think certain decisions in the game went against us, anybody who seen when he gave a free kick and it’s our free kick, they take it quick their player was offside, brings it back and still makes them take it again, some of the decisions were quite incredible but that never cost us the game.

    I thought a lot of good football was played by both sides but we now need to move on to ne0xt week and come back here again knowing it will be another very though game. Every time you take part in a cup tie you want to win it and tonight there is disappointment in our dressing room because we are out of the cup, people might laugh at it but there is nothing better than to pick up a badge or medal at the end of the season that is what everybody wants to do in their footballing career, but we will be back here next week and our concentration now is the league programme, but as  I have said before anybody we play will know they have been in a game and Inverness would have known that today, we also knew we had been in a game because they are a good side so we know we will need to be at our best next week and hopefully I will have more players to chose from.

    Peter Grant

     

    Peter Grant after victory over Dundee Utd 

    Saturday, October 05, 2019 4:03:56 PM

    Peter Grant after victory over league leaders Dundee United

    I think anybody who has seen the game might have thought we might have had a couple of other goals in the first half, we know we were played against an excellent side, who can cause you major problems with their very good players, but I have said to people before if they have listened to me, that we have very good players also, or best defenders were our front men and or best attackers were our defenders because they got on the ball used it very well and when didn’t have possession of the ball the strikers worked so hard to put the opposition under pressure and not to let them get easy balls forward. All round I was chuffed with the whole performance, we knew we would be under the cosh at a certain period but I think to a man everybody stood to their guns and concentrated and were committed and competitive and I think that is so important when you are a footballer.

    I genuinely thought that we played really well, scored a great goal, but as I said to you we have to respect these players, I know they are part-time and people keep mentioning that fact but they are good players, it is not worth for some of the players to go full-time, because of the jobs they have, you have to respect that these kids can play, I see them training and that’s why I got disappointed after the  Ayr United and Arbroath games, which is no disrespect to them but we didn’t turn up and it’s not because we are part-time, because I see the way they train every week and that’s where the disappointment comes because I can see the way they train and the way they prepare and what you have seen tonight is how they perform in training. They got their just rewards tonight but we have got to make sure we turn this into a fortress, because the results have not been good enough at home, I don’t like to look back but I think it is so important we build on that result tonight because all your home games are your most important games to take three points from because if you lose at home it is not easy to go and win away in this league. Chuffed with tonight but we must move on and start focusing on next week that is the way football is. You will live with this, enjoy your weekend and then we will get back to work on Tuesday night.

    Kevin O’Hara has been excellent for me, he is a young man who had probably been out of the game for about a year not playing much football and I had seen him playing with my son at Falkirk and I thought he was too good a talent to loose and I got an opportunity in the summer to talk to him, his big choice did he want to go part-time and he was delighted to do that, he came here and I think he has been excellent for us, he gives us something different, but then you look when Liam Buchanan comes on, he was excellent for us using his experience very well, he is a different type of striker, I have Robert Thomson who I know can effect a game, I have Alan Trouten who has been excellent, so I have four strikers who I think when I have them all fit, I can mix the way we play and I think that is so important and every one of them has had a big effect when they have played for the team so if we can keep them all fit we will be ok.

    Lawrence Shankland puts me in mind when I played against Ally McCoist, when you don’t give him a sniff but he still managed to put the ball in the back of the net, so the concentration levels have to be spot on, right from the start to the ninety fifth minute, Lawrence is a terrific player and thoroughly deserves his call up to the Scotland National side, you create him chances and he will score goals it doesn’t matter if is at International level or club level whatever and that’s why when Oli McBurnie gets a lot of criticism, how many chances has he missed? If you miss the chances you have a right for people to criticise you but not when there are no chances created and I thought we defended really well tonight led by Andy Graham but I thought young Robbie Deas a young man learning his trade, Scott Taggart, Jon Robertson who was playing on the opposite side of the pitch tonight through injuries, Jamie MacDonald’s experience also showed tonight, I could go right through the team and it would be unfair not to mention any one player because I thought they were all terrific tonight and it was a thoroughly deserved result.

    Peter Grant

     

     

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