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27 July 2012

The manager on the St Mirren game

United manager Greg Abbott spoke to us shortly after watching his side beat St Mirren in a thoroughly enjoyable friendly on Friday night.

He said: "I think both clubs have enjoyed this one because it was played in the right manner. 

"It was played at a decent tempo and it was a real test for us against quality opposition. We played some nice stuff and we're happy with what we've seen. 

"We're scoring goals and keeping clean sheets and it's that kind of thing which helps you to grow your confidence. The lads have listened and they're working hard so, hopefully, it'll continue for us. 

"There were some good performances out there and that's all we ask for. Our experienced lads have combined to create and score the goal and some of the young players have shown us that they are hungry. 

"People are talking about Mark Beck at the moment because he is getting his goals but I thought Brad Potts had a fantastic game. I don't think he put a foot wrong and he has handled some very good players really well. Beck has come on and put himself about and Dave [Symington] has shown us more of his energy, so they're all coming through nicely at the moment. They all know they have work to do but they're going in the right direction. 

"It was a good way to round off what has been a decent week away and we go into a full week of work on Monday morning ahead of the Middlesbrough game on Friday night. We're exactly where we wanted to be at this stage, even though we have one or two niggles to contend with. 

"The players who were missing for this one all have slight problems which we aren't too worried about. None of them are long term and it's more a case of the usual pre-season aches and pains which you have to look after. 

"We'll be back in after a well deserved weekend off on Monday to go again, and hopefully we'll see more of the same in terms of attitude as we start to fine tune the fitness and sharpness now that we're getting into August."

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