Houston paying Stranraer respect
Dundee United manager Peter Houston insists his side would never underestimate Stranraer in Saturday's Scottish Cup fourth-round tie.
Houston's men lifted the trophy two years ago and set out on another potential road to Hampden when they make the trip to Stair Park to take on the Second Division hopefuls.
United are strong favourites to progress despite their indifferent league form of late, but Houston will not allow any complacency to creep into their thinking.
Houston said: "We know we face a very difficult tie.
"It's there for all to see and we won't be thinking for a minute that is it going to be easy.
"The last thing we want is on the receiving end of some sort of shock which happens in the cup each season.
"Stranraer have a good mixture of youth and experience and any reports we've had done on them say they are a capable side.
"I'll be stressing that to the players again before kick-off so nobody in our camp will be under any illusions.
"We should progress to the next round if we play like we can.
"But first and foremost we have to be prepared to go and battle and earn the right to get through."
United's glory run all the way to Hampden in 2010 began with a hard-fought narrow win over lower league Partick Thistle, and they know they may need more of the same to see off minnows Stranraer.
Houston said: "Nobody ever gets it easy in the cup.
"Thinking back to the year we won it, we had to work extremely hard to get through against Partick Thistle before going on a great run.
"This will be Stranraer's cup tie as far as they are concerned so we have to be wary of that from the very start.
"It's a tight playing surface down at Stranraer and you'd expect them to throw everything at us.
"But we have to start the game better than we have done in recent weeks.
"We've had this tendency to keep losing the first goal which gives you a mountain to climb for the rest of the game.
"It's time that changed and there's no better time for it to do so than at Stranraer.
"It's up to us. I want to see us take command from the start and play like we know we can."