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Ross County 2
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Ross County 

League (First Division)
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,228
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mickaël Antoine-Curier (58)
Andy Dowie (23)
Steven Craig (41)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Derek Adams

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Darren Williams
4. Craig McKeown
5. Eddie Malone
6. Paul McHale
7. Rhian Dodds
8. Chris Pozniak
9. Mark Gilhaney
10. Robert Davidson
11. Bryan Deasley
Tony Bullock .1
Scott Boyd .2
Alex Keddie .3
Andy Dowie .4
Martin Scott .5
Adam Strachan .6
Richard Brittain .7
Mark McCulloch .8
Richie Hart .9
Steven Craig .10
Dyron Daal .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. David O'Brien
15. Eddie Mearns
16. Frédéric Daquin
17. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
Derek Soutar .12
Steven Watt .14
Michael Gardyne .15
Paul Lawson .16
Sean Higgins .17

Mickaël Antoine-Curier for Bryan Deasley (46)
Frédéric Daquin for Darren Williams (46)
Eddie Mearns for Paul McHale (72)
Michael Gardyne for Martin Scott (74)
Sean Higgins for Dyron Daal (76)
Paul Lawson for Steven Craig (79)

Rhian Dodds (38)
Richard Brittain (52)
Scott Boyd (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Crawford Allan (Referee)
Jim Lyon & David Watt (Assistants)

Match Report

Two first half goals were enough to see Ross County win at Dens in the league for the first time in their history. The side from the Highlands surviving an early Bob Davidson chance and going on to totally dominate the rest of the first forty five minutes, it's no exaggeration to say that County could have gone in at the interval with that two goal lead doubled as the Dee turned in a dire display.

Half time sub' Mickael Antoine Curier gave Dundee some hope as the Dark Blues started the second half well, but the pressure fizzled out and the side from the Highlands held out comfortably to leave with all three points.

The defeat means it's only one win in nine games for The Dark Blues and sees them slip to 8th in the table.

It was a dismal afternoon at Dens Park as two first half goals all but secured the three points for Ross County as Dundee slumped to their third defeat in four outings. A minute's applause in the memory of the late Eddie Thompson was well observed by all in the stadium as was the showing of three banners by players and management reading: Dundee FC. Supporters - Players- Management Board-One Club-One Team-Our team.

With no less than five first team players out injured and Chris Pozniak and Antione-Curier only making their return to Scotland yesterday after playing their part in their nation's World Cup qualifiers, Paul McHale and Darren Williams made a timely return to the squad. Bryan Deasley made his first start of the campaign to partner Bob Davidson upfront while Darren Williams slotted in a defence alongside Eric Paton, Eddie Malone and Craig McKeown. Chris Pozniak took his place in midfield despite coming on as a first half substitute for Canada in their 2-2 draw with Mexico while Rhian Dodds, on loan from Kilmarnock, kept his team in the place to comprise a four man midfield with the Canadian, McHale and Gilhaney.

County came out firing on all cylinders in the opening stages with Darren Williams forced to concede a corner as early as the first minute with Alex Keddie unable to get a shot away as the ball got caught up under his feet allowing Dundee to scramble the ball away.

The home side's only shot on target was to come in the fourth minute as Davidson connected to Paton's cross but the forward's volley was equalled by County keeper Bullock while at the other end Mark McCulloch's swerving cross was collected by Douglas.

A long ball forward almost saw Daal get in behind the defence but his first touch took the ball away from him. Former Dee Daal then chested down to Martin Scott whose low shot at Douglas was easily held.

This pressure soon reaped its rewards as with twenty-three minutes on the clock Andy Dowie headed the visitors ahead. Brittian's corner was floated into the back post with Dowie making the connection and send his header past Douglas.

Gilhaney cross was headed out to captain McHale but his low drive dragged just wide with Bullock beaten. Adam Strachan's cross from the right looped over the head of Douglas but luckily for him the ball ran out of play before Craig can head it back across goal before Scott Boyd headed wide.

The Staggies dealt Dundee a bitter blow just minutes before half time as slack defending allowed Steven Craig to double County's advantage. Richie Hart found plenty of space before finding Craig whose turn and shot from six yards somehow beat Douglas as the ball thundered into the top of the net.

Antoine-Curier and Daquin returned with the team after half time replacing Darren Williams and Bryan Deasley. Chris Pozniak moved back into defence to slot into the whole left by Williams while Daquin took his place on the right wing and Curier upfront with Davidson.

Curier showed he meant business from the off as he turned his man but his pass inside to Davidson was too far in front of the latter. Sub Daquin crossed for Gilhaney who takes it down but his cross can't pick out Curier and Bullock collected.

Curier showed his confidence has grown since his time away with the Guadeloupe national side after scoring four goals in their three games this week. That form looked to continue as he collected Davidson's neat back heel in the area before firing past keeper Bullock to record his first goal in nine games for Dundee.

With less than twenty minutes to go Eddie Mearns replaced Paul McHale who was forced to limp from the field as County made their own substitution: Michael Gardyne replacing Martin Scott. From Eddie Malone's free kick the Dingwall side broke with the ball feeding Daal in the area but his weak shot off balance was held by Douglas as the game could have been wrapped up.

There was just enough time before the end for both teams to score: Curier's first touch sent him into the box and his low shot was tipped away by Bullock with Dodds' shot from range from the resultant corner wide, much to the disappointment of the remaining home support.

The team left the field to a barrage of boo's from the home support but more importantly see's the team slip to eighth position in the league with Morton up next for Alex Rae's men. There were three cautions in the game: Rhian Dodds, Richard Brittian and Scott Boyd all receiving bookings.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 18th, 2008)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 11 - 144 -
Eddie Malone23 12 - 401
Craig McKeown23 6 - 6 -
Eric Paton30 122122
Chris Pozniak27 111111
Darren Williams31 7 - 7 -
Rhian Dodds29 3 - 3 -
Paul McHale27 101534
Robert Davidson22 8 - 5511
Bryan Deasley20 6 - 436
Mark Gilhaney23 12 - 12 -
Eddie Mearns (sub)19 2 - 2 -
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (sub)25 1242313
Frédéric Daquin (sub)30 9 - 463

League Table (as at October 18th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It seems an eternity since we last played here at Dens so I am sure the players and fans are looking forward to getting back into action today.

The enforced break which came as a result of the World Cup Group match last weekend probably came at a good time for us given our much publicised injury problems. Hopefully, come Saturday, assuming that Mickael Antoine-Curier and Chris Pozniak return from international duty unscathed, I will have a few more bodies back in the mix which will ease the selection problems of recent weeks.

I was a happier man after the 0-0 draw at Firhill Stadium last time out. I thought the guys put in a hell of a shift and with a wee bit of good fortune could have come home with all three points.

Today, we welcome to Dens Park the Management, Players and Supporters of Ross County. After a shaky start to the season, they have started to put some results together and have progressed to the Alba Challenge Cup Final which is a significant achievement for the Club. For our part, we must be focussed today and go about our job professionally. If we do this I am sure we will secure the 3 points which will keep us in contention at the top end of the League.

Finally, I would ask everyone to get behind the players today as we all strive for a common goal which is SPL football at Dens Park. Your support is vital to the cause and must never be underestimated.