Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Comment: It still looks like being happy new year for Dundee United

Nicky Clark celebrates making it 1-0 to United.
Nicky Clark celebrates making it 1-0 to United.

If you wanted evidence of how well Dundee United have done this season then it was provided after the final whistle on Friday night.

The Tangerines had just drawn 1-1 with their city rivals Dundee – the team, we should remember, that came down from the Premiership in the summer.

The after-match mood, though, was more akin to a defeat.

United had just maintained a 17 (seventeen) point lead over the Dark Blues but the feeling was flat.

That is not necessarily a bad thing.

Indeed, it could a good thing because it shows how high the expectation level is for Robbie Neilson’s men as they push on looking for promotion.

Now we can put away the record books, with no 10-match winning run or perfect start to the season to compare with past achievements.

Instead, United will head, a little bit chastened, down to Dumfries this Saturday to try to ensure there is no repeat of the 4-0 hammering they got from Queen of the South earlier this season.

Talking of which, that loss at Palmerston is still one of only three in the league this season.

Any United supporter annoyed or even angry with their side for not making it three out of three derby wins on Friday night should remember that.

They are still on course to clinch the title with plenty to spare.

They might blow it – anything is possible – but it is highly, highly unlikely.

The hope must be that this draw – again, a reminder that they did not lose – is a little bump on the road that leads back to the Premiership.

Having seen a lot of Neilson’ s team in recent weeks, I would say they have not been playing as well as their results have suggested. It has been all about digging out wins, not putting on a show.

Therefore, it wasn’t a total surprise to me that they failed to dominate the Dark Blues as they had done twice previously this season.

The slick and quick football was not there and they were guilty of not clearing their lines at the Dundee goal.

They were handed the best of starts with Nicky Clark’s superb opener on five minutes but failed to capitalise.

It was as if they sat back and waited for the match to go their way.

The visitors were better – much better – than they had been in the other city clashes so they made sure it didn’t just happen for United this time.

The Tangerines’ supporters need to keep things in perspective, though.

This wasn’t a disaster, not be any stretch of the imagination.

It was, howeve, perhaps a reminder that the title, if it is to be theirs, will have to be earned with better performances than they produced on Friday.

The United manager Robbie Neilson, as is often the case, chose the right words for his post-match analysis.

Looking relaxed – even chilled – he merely pointed out that they could afford to be happy with a derby draw because of the strength of their position at the top of the table.

It wasn’t a brag, merely the truth.

It still looks like being a happy new year for the Tangerines.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]