DUNDEE United captain Sean Dillon hopes their morale-boosting victories over Morton will more than make up for the disadvantage of finishing behind play-off opponents Falkirk.

The Bairns edged out United into second place in the Ladbrokes Championship to earn a free week while United fought it out with Jim Duffy’s side.

But after six unbeaten games where they did not always make the most of their chances, United stepped up a gear against Morton by scoring five goals over two legs.

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Simon Murray and Blair Spittal both struck twice and Wato Kuate got his first goal for the club as United won back-to-back league games for the first time in 2017.

Dillon, speaking ahead of tonight’s play-off semi-final first leg at Tannadice, said: “There’s no getting away from the fact that we wanted to finish second.

“We wanted to win the league at the start of the season and once that was out of our hands, we wanted to finish second, and it was a big disappointment not to finish second.

“Thankfully, we have managed to pick ourselves up and we’re looking at the positive side of it, and the positive side of it is that we got two wins and scored five goals. So there’s definitely positives to take from the fact we finished third.

“It’s a big bonus Blair getting a couple having been out for two weeks. Great for Simon as well getting on the scoresheet a couple of times, and Wato getting a goal as well, which will do his confidence the world of good.”

Kuate delivered some memorably animated interviews after the game but Dillon said: “I have seen a couple of his interviews, especially after the game the other day.

“He is a bit of a character. Probably best left at that.”