Injuries are hitting United's consistency

UNITED boss John Queen expects his side to become more consistent once he is able to field the same 11 players for more than one week at a time.

Wednesday, 6th October 2010, 11:33 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th October 2010, 11:33 am

The Cumbernauld side's season has been disrupted by a series of injuries and absences which has led to a number of players being deployed out of position.

Queen said: "We can't get a settled side yet. We struggle to have the same 11 every week and I think that's why we've been struggling for a bit of stability. We're having to move guys from positions we have cover for to fill other spaces.

"We've got a centre-mid playing up front and that's meant James Steele in the middle of the park hasn't had a stable partner, but he's been one of our steadiest performers this year. Once we start to have everyone available then I think things will level out a bit."

Queen was disappointed his side couldn't finish off nine-man Stoneywood in the Scottish Junior Cup at the weekend, but expects they will have more than enough fire power to progress to the second round in Saturday's replay.

He said: "The referee ruined the game really, sending one of ours and two of theirs off. The decisions were poor. But towards the end it was like The Alamo - they set up camp in their 18-yard box and had guys diving and clearing the ball off the line with their head and somehow we just couldn't score, we had enough chances to finish 10 games.

"We should have more than enough about us to take care of a team like that and I would expect us to beat them at our park."