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.

We will bounce back says Dundee United new boy Brandon Mason after nightmare debut

Post Thumbnail

As debuts go, Brandon Mason’s for Dundee United on Saturday has to be put down as one to forget as quickly as possible.

While the 20-year-old, who signed up on loan from Watford last week, was no more culpable than anyone else, it’s fair to say being part of a team on the wrong end of a 6-1 thrashing was not how he hoped to start his time as a Tangerine.

If there was one crumb of comfort for the young English left-back it was the fact he’s been training with United for a few weeks which meant he was not left wondering what he’d let himself in for.

Painful as the 90 minutes in the Falkirk Stadium were, he’s seen enough of his temporary team-mates to know what was on show was not the real Dundee United.

“It definitely wasn’t. I put it down simply as a freak result. We weren’t really at it as a team and I know from being here for a while that Dundee United are much better than that,” he said.

“The players here are good, there’s a lot of quality and guys with good experience and we need to use that going forward into the next game.”

If that knowledge brought some comfort after the horrific weekend showing, it was only a crumb.

Mason does not use the fact it was his first game to absolve him of any of the responsibility for what has rightly been branded an unacceptable performance.

And his aim is to bust a gut to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Brandon Mason holds off Falkirk’s Andrew Nelson on Saturday.

“It’s up to us to work hard in training during the week and show that’s the case — it was a freak result — and make sure we are on it.

“It’s frustrating because you build up, you work hard and train and plan for the game and then it doesn’t work out.

“When you lose as bad as that it’s very disappointing and we know we need to put things right quickly.

“On a personal note, I know I need to improve my own game as well.”

He’s confident that will happen and over the next few weeks expects his match sharpness to improve rapidly.

“At first-team level I haven’t played since pre-season and the last one I was involved in was a game against Rangers for Watford.

“It’s been a while, so I would say my match fitness is a bit off but I have been working hard on things every day in training and been doing a bit extra.

“It will improve quickly in the weeks to come, I know that.”

He was delighted to get the chance to head north and, despite the bad start, believes it can be a switch that has plenty benefit for both club and himself.

“My move came about from Dundee United contacting Watford and asking for me to come in on loan.

“I came up about three weeks ago, started working with the boys and had a look around.

“My first thoughts were this is a great club with great facilities and great people here as well and I felt it was the best move for me to make.

“The training facilities over at St Andrews are really good. They are quite similar to what we have at Watford.

“Down south there are more pitches but the facilities as a whole up here are very similar in terms of standard.

“My situation is being reviewed at the end of the season but I still have two years left on my contract so we will have discussions when I go back in the summer.

“Getting first-team experience here can definitely help me.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in



This article originally appeared on the Evening Telegraph website. For more information, read about our new combined website.

More from The Courier Food & Drink team

More from The Courier