Dundee United manager Peter Houston hopes to keep his side together long enough to benefit from the 5-0 thrashing by Dinamo Moscow which saw it exit the Europa League qualifiers 7-2 on aggregate.
It was a tall order for United following its 2-2 draw at Tannadice in the first leg and it became taller when the home side got off to the perfect start in the second minute when Marko Lomic swung a low cross in from the left for Igor Semshov to rifle past United's keeper
Two late goals by substitute
He said: "They were just too strong for us physically and I was disappointed about the first half when we didn't believe in ourselves. We should have done better than we did.
"I was very frustrated by the fact that the players stood in their own box and watched the cross coming in and I think it was due to the fact that we are naive and inexperienced in
"But I have to put things into perspective with the wealth and experience of the Russian side. We have a very, very young team.
"If we can keep this team together for the next couple of years we will be able to build and learn from the European experience.''
United was encouraged when Dinamo remained at the bottom of the Russian Premier League after losing 4-0 to city rival Spartak on the weekend, a result which ended
Houston admitted the change of manager had worked in the Russian side's favour.
He said: "I said it works both ways from a change of manager and Dinamo played well for their new coach."
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