Football - McNamara salutes United battlers

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara admitted his side had been made to battle for their 2-1 Scottish Cup win at neighbours Dundee.

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Gary Mackay-Steven hit the winner in the 35th minute after Dundee midfielder Jim McAlister had cancelled out Brian McLean's headed opener.

McNamara said: "It was quite an even match, we can play a lot better but Dundee made it hard for us.

"It was a typical cup tie and derby, not a lot of quality or passing. But credit to our lads, and Dundee as well, they put a lot of pressure on us and put extra men up front. I thought we coped with it really well.

"They were on top and we scored a fantastic goal, a great run from Stuart Armstrong and a great pass to Gary Mackay-Steven.

"Dundee had been on top and it was frustrating because they were getting the second balls. But we battled away and got there in the end."

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