Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara expects clinical finishing

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara expects better finishing from his players after they were held to a 0-0 draw against Hearts at Tynecastle.

Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald kept out Nadir Ciftci as United pressed for a winner in the capital and McNamara viewed the draw as a lost opportunity.

"It was two dropped for me," said McNamara of the league points.

"I'm disappointed with our final decisions in the last third, we were a bit careless at times."

United made a controlled start to the match and pegged Hearts back during the early stages and could have had a lead early in the match through a David Goodwillie a shot that crashed into the side-netting.

MacDonald had a testing time in the Hearts goal, denying chances from John Rankin and Goodwillie while also palming away solid efforts from Ciftci.

McNamara commended Gary Locke's young side for their work rate, but said he expected his players to be more precise in their finishing.

"I think for the neutral, it would be good, but for me, Hearts were everything I thought they would be," said McNamara.

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"They were energetic and they had the 12th man with the crowd really backing them.

"Everything came with hard work and desire to win corners or throw-ins.

"It was important that we took the right care going forward and try and get the goal. We hit the post and had a few other chances, but I don't think we were clinical enough."

The match at Tynecastle was notable for two disallowed goals - one for Ciftci and one from a controversial throw-in for Hearts that resulted in a free-kick for a push - although McNamara was in no doubt that the effort chalked off for the visitors was called right by referee Steven McLean.

"I thought it was a free-kick - not as it was coming in, but there was a push and if you watch it right from the start, it's a clear foul," said McNamara.

"Rado (Radoslaw Cierzniak) is one of the best keepers in the league at cross balls. The lad put him off and pushed him.

"I was more disappointed with the one we didn't get when Ciftci put it in - I didn't think there was anything in that.

"I'm just disappointed we didn't get the three points.

"I thought it was there, but we need to be a bit sharper in the last third."