Rankin: We will bounce back
Dundee United midfielder John Rankin is confident history can repeat itself this season after some frank discussions.
United stopped the rot on Saturday with a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen after four consecutive SPL games without scoring a goal.
United remain in second-bottom place but they also had a poor start to last season before rallying strongly and pushing third-placed Motherwell to the final weeks of the campaign.
Rankin said: "It's strange. Everyone says they expect Dundee United to be in the top four or five, but we were in the same situation last season - in the bottom two at the end of October.
"But we bounced back and went on a run. We have got that experience on our side. We know how to get out of this situation.
"Fair enough, we didn't want to be there in the first place but now we need to react and put a run together that puts us where we feel we should be.
"We have got the confidence and players that feel as if we can do that.
"It's all right standing here talking about it - we need to put the performances together on the park."
Rankin revealed the turning point last season was a poor performance.
"Believe it or not, it was a 3-1 defeat at Aberdeen in October," he said.
"We sat and had a heart-to-heart and a video analysis, or a horror show, whatever you want to call it.
"We turned the corner after that because obviously there were a few home truths spoken.
"It has happened again this season. A few of the boys aired their feelings and the manager has said what he feels as well."
Those discussions came after United followed a 3-0 home defeat by Hearts with a 4-0 thrashing at Inverness - their last game before the Aberdeen draw.
"We had no days off and came in and spoke about it and dealt with it," the former Hibernian player said.
"Rightly so because we let ourselves down as well as the supporters and the club that day.
"We have to earn the right to play first and foremost.
"You saw on Saturday the improvement in attitude and application and desire we had. We were desperate to get the three points and were gutted not to get the three points.
"But the performance was definitely something to build on."
Rankin was speaking at Hampden to launch the Scottish Premier League's first charity weekend in conjunction with commercial partners Weatherseal. Supporters can vote for their preferred SPL charity on a dedicated website - www.weatherseal-charity.co.uk - before October 29 with the organisation benefiting from a weekend of action on December 8-9.
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