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One in a million spoils Morris return to Tannadice

Monday, 26th Mar 2018

Callum Morris made 45 appearances during his two years at Dundee United

Callum Morris called United’s goal as a fluke, he told the website:-

“It was just one of those things. We had done well to get ahead. I thought that we looked quite comfortable. United had quite a lot of the ball but didn’t really create and it was just bad luck to lose the goal more than anything.

“It was one in a million. He (James Craigen) has tried to clear it and done well to get back and it was just one of those fluke goals. We can take a lot from the game, I thought that we were quite solid, played in the right areas and soaked up a lot of pressure.

“By far and away we created the better chances. Dec (McManus) has been millimetres away from scoring at the end. We hit the post, Nicky’s header has just looped over and there were other opportunities as well.

“There are a lot of positives, it is just a shame not to get the winner because we are on a really good run at the minute. We are unbeaten since the St Mirren game (10th March) and kept an awful lot of clean sheets so it is disappointing to drop two points in the manner we have with a fluke goal.

“There are still a few games to play and I look forward now to Saturday. We can take the positives into that and hopefully pick up the three points at home.”

Callum described the away changing room at Tannadice as down since the team felt that they should have left with all three points:-

“We have been on such a good run and we came here with every confidence. We were probably the form team - the team to beat if you know what I mean. We were probably favourites coming into the game, we were full of confidence and everyone is buoyant.”

A good run is now paramount to carry on into the play offs.

“If we hit the ground running now, come the play offs we would have to have win the majority of games, put good performances in, beat the teams around us who are probably going to be in the play offs.

“We need to take it game by game but if we can keep this run going and get in there then I don’t think any teams will want to play us.”

After the defeat at Cappielow in January Callum was out of the side until the away match at the Paisley 2021 Stadium and considers himself lucky to get back into the side as a result of an injury to Jean-Yves M’Voto who had taken his starting place:-

“Big Jean came in and did brilliant. He got a little injury and you have to take your chance in football when it comes. I am glad to be back in but Lee (Ashcroft) has been brilliant, Lewis Martin has come in after not playing much football and has been excellent. Ryan Williamson has been Ryan, and you saw him create the goal on Saturday - he ran the length of the pitch and put the cross in which he does.

“If we are solid at the back it is something that we can build on. We have players like Declan McManus, Nicky Clark and Kallum Higginbotham who are always going to create changes. Hopefully we can started taking these chances.”

Callum moved from Dunfermline to Tannadice in June 2014 and struck up a formidable partnership with Pole Jaroslaw Fojut. However an Achilles, knee and hamstring injuries sadly curtailed Callum ‘s involvement in his final season there and was sent off in his final match for United against Inverness Caley Thistle. He was able to compare the mood around Tannadice during Saturday’s match against Dunfermline

“It was strange really, I was here in the dark game when they got relegated but I was used to playing here with six, seven or eight thousand people here every game.

“It was strange when you could hear our fans over the United fans. That is just how it is. That is the situation that they are in and not for me to judge. I am looking after myself and my team. It is all about us going forward and hopefully get in those play offs.”

Next up is a home game against Queen of the South, Callum speculated on the outcome of this tie:-

“They have scored six goals in their last two games. Apart from earlier on at home I think we have done well against them. We are confident as well.

“We will be at home with hopefully another big crowd behind us. If we can put in the kind of performances like today, hopefully we can pick up the three points.”

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