Ross County 3
Dundee 0
League (First Division)


Ross County 

3 - 0

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
Victoria Park
Attendance: 2,826
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
John Rankin (8)
John Rankin (41)
John Rankin (64)
None.

Team Managers
Gardner Spiers Alan Kernaghan

Starting Eleven
1. Stuart Garden
2. Neil McDonald
3. Jim Lauchlan
4. Lionel Djebi-Zadi
5. Martin Canning
6. John Rankin
7. Mark McCulloch
8. Don Cowie
9. Fergus Tiernan
10. Alex Burke
11. David Winters
Scott Murray .1
Stephen McNally .2
Bobby Mann .3
Callum MacDonald .4
Paul Dixon .5
Steven Craig .6
Barry Smith .7
Garry Brady .8
Steven Robb .9
Simon Lynch .10
Tam McManus .11

Bench
12. Joe Malin
14. David Cowan
15. Kevin McKinlay
16. Steven McGarry
17. Sean Higgins
Jamie Kelly .12
Mark Allison .14
Scott Robertson .15
Andy Ferguson .16
Iain Anderson .17

Substitutions
Sean Higgins for David Winters (76)
Steven McGarry for Alex Burke (86)
Kevin McKinlay for John Rankin (89)
Iain Anderson for Bobby Mann (45)
Scott Robertson for Stephen McNally (46)
Andy Ferguson for Steven Craig (68)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike Ritchie (Referee)





Match Report


Another poor performance from Dundee saw Ross County coast to a 3-0 win at Victoria Park, Dingwall. Hero for the home side was John Rankin who scored all three goals before being substituted late on to a standing ovation from the local support. He was helped though by some atrocious defending from the white shirted Dee, for whom only young Scott Murray came out of the match with any credit. The seventeen year old wasn't at fault for any of the goals and made several good saves to keep out a Ross County side who played some excellent football.

Although this match made painful viewing for the several hundred Dundee fans who had made the three-hour journey north it also highlighted the fact that County play an exciting brand of football, especially at home. This was the best performance of any side against Dundee this season, and ten goals in their last three games suggest that County are genuine contenders for the First Division title. Alan Kernaghan, who was furious with his side after the defeat, told Dundee Online, "We were nowhere near up to any level, you've got a seventeen-year-old making his full (league) debut in goal, and I asked my defenders to defend properly and help him out but that only lasts eight minutes. It just got worse and worse. In the previous two games we've at least had a bit of endeavour and a bit of grit and determination but even that was missing here

"It's only three weeks since we played Airdrie and were abysmal and today we were pretty much the same. At least having been stung by the criticism after the Airdrie game they had a bit of a reaction but it only lasts for two weeks. The players need to react from now until the end of April, not just for a week or two, it has to be constant.

"They are making very hard work of it, it's nowhere near good enough.

"The second half was a slight improvement, but even then we had only two efforts on goal, there was a lack of composure and a lack of doing the simple things well and often, but I've said that often enough before."

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at November 19th, 2005)


2005-06 All Time
Age
Scott Murray (GK)17 3 - 3 -
Paul Dixon18 13 - 13 -
Callum MacDonald22 9 - 511
Bobby Mann31 192512
Stephen McNally - 5 - 28 -
Barry Smith31 19 - 4074
Garry Brady29 16 - 1212
Steven Robb23 13 - 774
Steven Craig24 6363
Simon Lynch23 19101910
Tam McManus24 174318
Scott Robertson (sub)20 181281
Iain Anderson (sub)28 12218725
Andy Ferguson (sub) - 131131






League Table (as at November 19th, 2005)


No league table has been added for this season.