Dundee United boy says goal hero Matty Smith has “a lot of promise”

Matty Smith is mobbed after making it 3-1.

Matty Smith marked his 21st birthday with a double that secured Dundee United a crucial 3-1 win against Queen of the South.

Victories have been all too rare for the Tangerines of late and comeback victories even rarer.

Thomas Mikkelsen had cancelled out a Dom Thomas opener before Smith’s two second half strikes – the first a stunning long-range finish.

Manager Csaba Laszlo said: “I am sad that he didn’t get a hat-trick. He had a chance at the end and it isn’t often that you get the chance to score a hat-trick on your birthday.

“He is a young boy who has a lot of promise and he scored another goal for us against Livingston.”

Laszlo added: “I was happy that the team showed fighting spirit.

“Every win gives you confidence and we hadn’t played for a long time before this match, while Queen of the South were flying.

“I wasn’t happy with the way we defended for their goal and at that moment they were controlling the game.

“But Thomas Mikkelsen did well as a target man and in the second half we scored two good goals.”

Bilel Mohsni watches on from the stand.

Bilel Mohsni couldn’t play, with Laszlo confirming that international clearance hadn’t been received in time.

Mark Durnan will be a doubt for the weekend after needing several stitches to a deep head wound.

Queens boss Gary Naysmith said: “I thought in the first half we were the better team and should have been leading.

“It was a frustrating one because I thought we played well.”