Houston: No problem with Daly

Dundee United manager Peter Houston will take advantage of

captain Jon Daly’s versatility as his side seek an end to their

winless run.

An improved performance saw United claim a 1-1 SPL draw against

in-form Aberdeen on Saturday, but Houston’s men remain winless in


Daly was moved from his customary striker role to centre-back, a

position he has played numerous times before, to steady a defence

which had leaked seven goals in the previous two games.

The Irishman did as tasked, but could return to lead the line in

next week’s clash at St Mirren.

“Horses for courses, I’ll mix it up,” Houston said. “He’s a

threat, but I felt we needed him at the back to keep a bit of

solidity, win the balls against (Scott) Vernon. Next week against

St Mirren he might be up top.”

United were playing for the first time in almost a month after

the postponement of their match at Motherwell and the international


John Rankin gave the hosts the lead, but Niall McGinn equalised

in the second half and both managers agreed a draw was a fair


United have not won since August 19 in the Dundee derby, but

Houston, who endured a troublesome international break as Scotland

assistant manager, believes his side are on the up.

He added: “Johnny Russell was back to the form we know. He

dipped a bit.

“Stuart Armstrong gave (Isaac) Osbourne a lot of problems with

his pace, Rankin was good.”

Houston also praised the fresh input of Mark Millar, who was

making a belated debut after signing in the summer from


The United boss added: “His debut should’ve been the end of

August rather than October. He wasn’t up to the fitness levels an

SPL player needs.

“He didn’t let us down. Hopefully he can maintain his level of

fitness and can become a good player for us.”

Aberdeen lost on the opening day of the season but are unbeaten

since, a run of 11 games.

Captain Russell Anderson said: “I thought it was a really good

derby game. We’re disappointed we didn’t win, but we know Jamie

(Langfield) had a couple of good saves.

“It keeps the run going. A point away from home is not a bad

result, especially with winning last time out against Kilmarnock,

two away games on the bounce.

“I wouldn’t say we’re happy with it, but we’re satisfied.”