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Dundee United grab top spot after dominant victory in derby

Dundee 1-4 Dundee United

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara poured praise on his side as they moved into top spot in the Scottish Premiership thanks to their 4-1 destruction of Dundee at Dens Park.

A goal from Mario Bilate in the first-half, which was followed in the second-half by further goals from Ryan Dow, Callum Morris and Keith Watson to sink the 10-man Dark Blues who had Thomas Konrad sent-off in the 89th minute before Greg Stewart scored a consolation.

"I thought we had so many good performers today and as a team, I thought we defended well and handled everything that was put to us at set-pieces, and we looked a constant threat," McNamara said.

"We dealt with a lot of free-kicks in the first-half and to score with set-pieces was pleasing."

United sit top of the table but McNamara is more interested in where they finish come the end of the season.

And he reckons their 6-1 hammering by Celtic at Parkhead earlier in the season has actually helped them kick on.

He said: "To be honest, I think the setback of the Celtic game and the manner we lost that, had that not happened it might be different.

"But I'm not interested in plaudits right now. It's three points against our local rivals."

Dundee manager Paul Hartley admitted his side had only themselves to blame for their disappointing defeat.

"We are disappointed in the way we lost the game and the manner of the goals we conceded," he said."We know we are better than that."

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