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‘WE’LL OVERCOME HIBS SETBACK,’ McKINNON

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RAY McKINNON has stressed Dundee United’s 3-0 loss to Hibs is “not the end of the world.”

The Tannadice boss has spent this week lifting his players for today’s home match against Queen of the South after the hammering at Easter Road last Friday.

That result put them four points behind the Championship leaders. However, McKinnon has urged everyone to keep things in perspective with 16 league matches still to go.

He said: “I think because we went top of the league before Christmas the expectations went through the roof.

“Then, when we get a blip, suddenly it’s like the end of the world.

“That is not how I see it. The extremes are crazy, but, for us, it’s about keeping a balanced outlook.

“We are only four points behind the league leaders and if you had said that to me at the start of the season, I would have bitten your hand off.

“Indeed, I’m happy with where we are in the league.

“So, we need to keep level-headed and not get either too up or too down.

“Hibs still have to come to Tannadice and have some really tricky games against other good sides.

“It is still there for us but we need to perform and really kick on between now and the end of the season.”

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