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Defence pleases McNamara

Manager Jackie McNamara was delighted with his defence after Dundee United began their Scottish Premiership campaign with a 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Ryan Dow, Gary Mackay-Steven and Chris Erskine were on target for the visitors but McNamara was also pleased with his back four.

"It's a good start for us," said McNamara. "I don't think many people would have seen that result today coming, and there were a lot of pleasing things.

"We looked defensively solid, and a threat going forward.

"We felt we needed to address the defence after last season. We had a good attacking force with pace and power, but defensively it was a worry, not just from open play but set-pieces as well."

Callum Morris and Jaroslaw Fojut were a new combination in the centre of the defence for Dundee United and McNamara liked what he saw.

"They looked solid and when they're winning headers they get distance on it as well, which helps get us up the park," he said.

Aberdeen had gone out of the Europa League in midweek and boss Derek McInnes felt those exertions took their toll.

"I take my share of responsibility for the result," he said.

"On reflection, I should maybe have made more changes to the starting line-up.

"We intended to go out with the team we did in order to get on the front foot and then make changes after the hour mark, because we anticipated tired legs and tired minds.

"But we huffed and puffed, and I think even the chances we lashed at were an indication of a lack of conviction in the final third.

"It suits United to counter on us, and I think they played with a lot of intelligence after they went in front."