Neilson expects 'hungry' Unitedpublished at 15:16 12 August
15:16 12 August
Robbie Neilson expects Heart of Midlothian to come up against a Dundee United side "hungry" to react to Thursday's 7-0 loss to AZ.
United ended up on the end of a 7-1 aggregate defeat in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round.
The Tangerines travel to Tynecastle on Sunday, where the hosts will play their last game before taking on Zurich in the Europa League play-off round.
"In the home tie Dundee United were exceptional," said Neilson. "Obviously the game last night was difficult. They started the game well but then they had that period where they lost a lot of goals. Sometimes that can happen in Europe if you're playing against top teams.
"I would expect a positive reaction. They'll come out and make it very difficult for us. They'll be hurting after such a big defeat so we need to be ready for it. I expect them to come out hungry to try and avenge last night's result. I expect it to be a difficult game."
7-0 defeat 'embarrassing' - Edwardspublished at 23:27 11 August
23:27 11 August
Captain Ryan Edwards admits "it's embarrassing" after Dundee United were hammered 7-0 by AZ Alkmaar to exit Europa Conference League qualifying 7-1 on aggregate.
"It's hard to describe it," he tells BBC Scotland. "We conceded too many soft goals.
"People have paid money to come over and watch and it ends like that."
Asked how United recover from that for Sunday's Scottish Premiership trip to face Heart of Midlothian, he adds: "We have to accept it. We have to take it.
"It's back to the bread and butter at the weekend."
Embarrassing for club and countrypublished at 23:21 11 August
23:21 11 August
Clive Lindsay, BBC Scotland
Dundee United received a major lesson at the hands of AZ Alkmaar in their Europa Conference League qualifier - that they are obviously not as good as they thought they were after receiving plenty of plaudits from their impressive first-leg win over wily European operators.
The 7-0 hammering in the Netherlands is a result not only embarrassing for a club that once famously reached the Uefa Cup final but for Scottish football as a whole.
Yes, AZ have now not lost in 20 European ties at home and United were always underdogs, even after establishing a 1-0 lead, but the way they capitulated will leave question marks over the mentality and ability of a group of players with plenty of top-level experience.
AZ boss Pascal Jansen learned his lessons from the first leg to win the battle of strategies. Now it is up to Ross to find a way to somehow lift his players for their return, heads bowed, to the Scottish Premiership away to Heart of Midlothian on Sunday.
Ross apology to fans as 'pride is damaged'published at 23:12 11 August
23:12 11 August
Jack Ross apologised to travelling Dundee United supporters after his side were subjected to a 7-0 Europa Conference League qualifying defeat by AZ Alkmaar.
United sold all of their 1300 tickets for their first European trip in 10 years on the back of a 1-0 first-leg lead, but a significant number of fans left after their team fell six behind inside a minute of the second half.
"For every plaudit and praise we received in the aftermath of last Thursday, we will deserve every bit of criticism we get on the back of that," head coach Ross told BBC Scotland.
"We played against a good team in a tough venue, but we conceded six goals in 26 minutes. That's not good, irrespective of the opponent.
"I would like to apologise to the travelling fans because we should be better than that."
United suffered Scottish football's joint-worst defeat in Europe, on a par with Hibernian's humiliation by Malmo in 2013 and Celtic's thumping by Barcelona three years later.
"All the discipline we showed in our play without the ball last week, we didn't do as well and we didn't deal with the period of adversity well in the first half," Ross said. "Heads become foggy.
"We became ragged and loose, out of possession, never mind in possession. When you do that, you will get picked off against good sides.
"It's a sore, sore night for us. Pride is damaged by that."
Van Brederode starts in only AZ changepublished at 19:10 11 August
19:10 11 August
Teenage winger Myron van Brederode has played himself into the AZ line-up against Dundee United after the academy graduate scored his first goal in his first start in the weekend win over Go Ahead Eagles.
He replaces fellow 19-year-old Mayckel Lahdoin the only change from last Thursday's first leg, with the Swedish summer signing from Hammarby dropping to the bench.
Right-back Yukinari Sugawara, capped once for Japan, is also among the substitutes on his return from injury along with Netherlands centre-half Riechedly Bazoer, who is still short of match fitness after signing this month following his release by Vitesse Arnhem.
Behich cleared to face AZ Alkmaar - gossippublished at 09:24 11 August
09:24 11 August
Dundee United have been given a boost ahead of their clash with AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League qualifiers after Aziz Behich was given clearance to line up against the Eredivisie outfit. (Courier), external
Where's your team on matchday three?published at 21:08 10 August
21:08 10 August
United's Behich available to make debut in Alkmaarpublished at 17:09 10 August
17:09 10 August
New Dundee United left-back Aziz Behich will be free to make his debut for the club in Thursday's Europa Conference League second leg at AZ Alkmaar.
The Australian international signed from Turkish side Giresunspor last month.
However, work permit issues have meant the 31-year-old has had to wait to make his first appearance for the Tannadice club.
"It's a big boost for us," United boss Jack Ross said. "He's been desperate to play. He'll bring competition in that area of the pitch.
"He has huge international experience. Nothing much will faze him. United fans will enjoy watching him."
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AZ 'to give it everything' against Unitedpublished at 16:35 10 August
16:35 10 August
BBC Scotland's Calum Macdonald in Alkmaar
AZ Alkmaar head coach Pascal Jansen is "very confident" his team will progress against Dundee United in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round, despite trailing 1-0 from the first leg.
The Dutch side reached the last 16 of the competition last season and it's a stage AZ believe they belong on.
"We are very confident that we are going to get the job done, but football is football," said Jansen. "I know for a fact Dundee United will give us a big battle, that is something we learnt from the game last week.
"We think we have a spot in Europe always, but you have to fight for it every season, we're in the dressing room now preparing for the second half, we're going to give it everything we have."
AZ striker seeks help from Celtic's Giakoumakispublished at 16:27 10 August
16:27 10 August
BBC Scotland's Calum Macdonald in Alkmaar
AZ Alkmaar striker Vangelis Pavlidis has called on his international teammate, Celtic's Giorgos Giakoumakis, as the Dutch side aim to down Dundee United.
"I asked him some things about Dundee United, I spoke to him last week, he explained some things, it was good," said Pavlidis.
The Greek striker, however, expects a different game on Thursday night after losing the first leg of their Europa Conference League third qualifying round tie 1-0.
"It was a difficult game in Scotland, their support waited for this game, it was an important game for us too, we didn't play good and we need to change a lot of things," added the forward. "Tomorrow will be a very different game."
McGrath 'missed' European nights - gossippublished at 09:16 10 August
09:16 10 August
Jamie McGrath says "big European nights are something I missed" before joining Dundee United, who lead AZ 1-0 going into Thursday's Conference League third qualifying round tie. (Record), external
Ross hopes Behich clear to face AZpublished at 08:58 8 August
08:58 8 August
Jack Ross has expressed his "irritation" with the paperwork delay preventing Aziz Behich from making his Dundee United debut after the 31-year-old's transfer from Giresunspor, but the head coach is hopeful that the Australia left-back could be available for the Europa Conference League third qualifying round second leg clash against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday. (The Courier), external
Dundee United out of sorts against Livipublished at 18:57 7 August
18:57 7 August
Dundee United struggled to get Steven Fletcher into the game in their 1-0 defeat by Livingston.
Second-half substitute Mathew Cudjoe made an impact in the second half and both he and Tony Watt threatened a leveller.
United will hope the performance is not a harbinger of what is to come in the Netherlands on Thursday, where they will attempt to protect a 1-0 lead over AZ in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round.