Jackie McNamara joy as Dundee Utd secure sixth place

Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara praised his players after they pipped Kilmarnock to sixth place in the Scottish Premier League.

Rory Boulding's injury-time winner against Aberdeen sealed a top-half finish for United on a dramatic afternoon at Tannadice.

"You saw what it meant to everyone at the end of the game," McNamara told BBC Radio Scotland.

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The top six means everything and anything less is a failure for a club of this size

Rory Boulding

"It was exciting but not so good for the nerves."

United and Aberdeen were hoping to win at Tannadice and that Killie would drop points against Dundee.

And former Boulding netted moments before Dundee were confirmed as winners at Rugby Park.

"I'm delighted we came out on top," said McNamara. "Jamie Langfield was outstanding for Aberdeen and I wondered whether it was going to be one of those days again.

"We lost a late goal at St Johnstone the other night that was a bit of a sickener but today more than makes up for that.

"For everybody connected with the club and the fans as well, you want to play in the top six and achieving things."

United goal-hero Boulding said he was concerned they would pay for their profligacy

"The ball came across and just landed at my feet and it was just instinct from there," he said.

"The keeper came and I opened up my body as if I was going to slide it into the far corner and dragged it back across. Thankfully, it's gone in.

"It was getting frustrating towards the end; I felt I had a chance earlier on that I snatched at a bit.

"I thought that would be my only chance of the game but thankfully it wasn't and I was able to take the next one.

"The top six means everything and anything less is a failure for a club of this size. Hopefully, we can kick on from here."