With United sat just one point outside the play-off places, and with just nine games left to play, manager Steven Pressley spoke today about the need to pick up momentum with some big games coming up.
“The recent form hasn’t been good enough, I understand that, but we’re still in the hunt and we can’t lose sight of that,” he said. “We must keep that positive outlook because we’re in a situation where a lot of good work has been done.
“Now is the time we need to focus on that good work and really get behind it. We were all disappointed on Tuesday, but I still have the belief and confidence in that group of players that we can achieve the end result we are all so desperate to achieve.”
“We have players who can affect games, and that’s important,” he added. “Even when things weren’t going our way against Notts County, we still go a quality goal from Hallam Hope. That came from being bright and alert and for sensing there might be an opportunity.
“It was a clever goal but that was one of very few positives from the night. The performance from Nathan Thomas was another. I think that’s the first time we’ve really seen him looking to cause danger and looking like he can make something happen.
“We put him on last weekend and I didn’t think he quite hit the heights we want to see from him, but in the Notts game I thought he was much more like the Nathan we know, which was encouraging.”
Meanwhile the manager also confirmed that scan results were in for striker Mark Cullen, who had pulled out of the weekend Swindon Town game with a groin problem.
“Mark [Cullen] is going to be out for five to six weeks, which is a major blow,” he said. “He has a grade two tear on his groin. He’ll stay here at Brunton Park during the period he’s out, he’s still part of the group and hopefully we’ll get him back before the season ends.
“I’m not hiding the fact that we haven’t really got a proven striker at the club at this moment in time, but we have to find a way to play without him. I’ll give that some serious thought over the next couple of days because we do need to find a different way of creating good chances and scoring goals.”
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