Houston rues lack of belief
Dundee United boss hopes players learn from European experience
Last Updated: August 9, 2012 9:28pm
Peter Houston: Dundee United manager was disappointed with the lack of belief against Dinamo Moscow
Dundee United boss Peter Houston was disappointed in his side's lack of belief after an early Dinamo Moscow goal ruined their hopes of Europa League progression.
United were encouraged by a 2-2 draw in the first leg at Tannadice and the fact their opponents were beaten 4-0 by Spartak Moscow at the weekend, with manager Sergei Silkin dismissed shortly afterwards.
However, after conceding a goal just two minutes into the game, United were never able to get back into the match and were on the receiving end of a 5-0 defeat.
"We had the worst possible start, losing a goal after two minutes against a very good side," said Houston.
"I said last night it works both ways from a change of manager and Dinamo played well for their new coach.
"They were just too strong for us physically and I was disappointed about the first half when we didn't believe in ourselves. We should have done better than we did.
"But I have to put things into perspective with the wealth and experience of the Russian side. We have a very, very young team.
"If we can keep this team together for the next couple of years we will be able to build and learn from the European experience."