Dundee United full-back Jamie Robson stresses importance of momentum

Jamie Robson.

Dundee United full-back Jamie Robson has stressed the importance of carrying momentum into the promotion play-offs.

The Tangerines are odds-on to be involved in the season’s finale that will decide which team from the Championship battles it out with the second-bottom side in the Premiership for a top-flight place.

If they can beat fifth-placed Queen of the South, who are currently 11 points behind them, at Palmerston this afternoon then Ray McKinnon’s men will be all but guaranteed their play-off spot.

They will then continue their three-way battle with Morton and Falkirk for the finishing positions, with the runners-up to champions-elect Hibs benefiting by playing two legs fewer than the other clubs.

That is United’s goal for what remains of the campaign and Robson is ready for it.

He said: “It will be a good run-in to the end of the season.

“We have seven games remaining in the regular season and I’m looking forward to them all.

“The play-offs are also just around the corner if we qualify.

“If we can get into second place then that would mean two fewer games in the play-offs so that’s important.

“You would be fresher than the other team.

“So we have everything to play for and I’m just hoping to be involved in every match and help the team out as much as I can.”

The Tangerines seem to have turned a bit of a corner after a terrible run in the league since Christmas Eve.

They beat St Mirren to clinch the Irn-Bru Cup last Saturday then followed that up with a dramatic 2-1 home victory over Ayr United on Tuesday night.

Robson added: “We got a great result against Ayr and that was exactly what we needed.

“We got a break at the end when Vinnie (Mark Durnan) and Murdo (Stewart Murdoch) blocked near the line but it was also good defending.

“I was also delighted for big Mark that he got the winner for us and it was some finish from him.

“We haven’t had much luck in the league recently so it was good to get a break and we’ll happily take it.

“What’s meant to be is meant to be and that was three good points in the bag for us.

“Hopefully, we can go down to Palmerston and get another three.

“Now we can push on and keep building momentum.

“It built on the Irn-Bru Cup final victory, which was important for us because it was a great moment for the players, fans and the club.

“Since then we have knuckled down in training and tried to get better.

“I think we are over that bad run now and we seem to be getting the ball down better and playing more football than we had been doing.

“When we pass the ball about and are fast, sharp and have a good tempo then teams can’t deal with us.”