Ross County 1
Dundee 0
League (Premiership)

Ross County 

1 - 0


League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Victoria Park
Attendance: 3,413
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jamie Reckord (66) None.

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
21. Mark Brown
44. Marcus Fraser
5. Scott Boyd
43. Paul Quinn
12. Jamie Reckord
36. Jackson Irvine
26. Martin Woods
40. Michael Gardyne
24. Raffaele De Vita
16. Liam Boyce
11. Craig Curran
Scott Bain .12
Paul McGinn .19
Thomas Konrad .4
Willie Dyer .3
James McPake .5
Gary Harkins .29
Stephen McGinn .48
Jim McAlister .20
Alex Harris .47
Kevin Thomson .10
Greg Stewart .15

1. Antonio Reguero
3. Abdoulaye Meite
7. Joe Cardle
10. Filip Kiss
23. Graham Carey
20. Darvydas Sernas
9. Jake Jervis
Kyle Letheren .1
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Kevin McBride .8
Calvin Colquhoun .35
Simon Ferry .11
Andrew Black .24
Craig Wighton .33

Joe Cardle for Michael Gardyne (69)
Jake Jervis for Liam Boyce (75)
Filip Kiss for Craig Curran (84)
Craig Wighton for Greg Stewart (45)
Simon Ferry for Kevin Thomson (61)
Andrew Black for Alex Harris (82)

Craig Curran (52)
Martin Woods (81)
Paul McGinn (67)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)
Graham Chambers & Ralph Gordon (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee's unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat away to Ross County today. County full-back Jamie Reckord scored the only goal midway through the second half of a tough physical battle. A gloomy afternoon for the Dee was compounded when Greg Stewart had to be replaced just before the break followed by Kevin Thomson after an hour.

The only change from last week's win was Paul McGowan dropping out through injury; Gary Harkins came in to play as the solo striker. Injuries left the Dee with an inexperienced bench; Calvin Colquhoun appeared in the match squad for the first time.

Dundee's best move of the game came in only the second minute when Jim McAlister worked a slick move on the left with Greg Stewart before driving a dangerous low ball across County's goal that evaded his team mates.

The fans saw little to entertain them in a first half in which both defences were largely untroubled. The Staggies showed commendable urgency, but they often tried to move the ball forward too quickly and lacked the composure to get through the Dark Blues' defence. Dundee on the other hand were usually too intricate and didn't have the cutting edge to worry County.

The only chance of the first half fell to County. Thomas Konrad's clearance cannoned off Boyce's face. Gardyne had space to shoot, but crashed his effort well over the bar.

The Dark Blues suffered a blow shortly before the break when Greg Stewart had to be replaced by Craig Wighton. Stewart had been taking some heavy challenges, especially one from behind by Quinn. After that the Dee's top scorer didn't look happy and it was no surprise when he had to go off.

In the second half the Staggies gave their supporters something to cheer as they stepped up the tempo to great effect. Style was the last thing on their minds as they put in 49 minutes of relentless, frantic hard work. Their hyper-energetic game unsettled Dundee who could never get a passing game going. Every time a Dundee player got the ball he was mobbed by the furiously pressing Staggies.

The Dark Blues were fortunate not to fall behind shortly after the break. Following a corner De Vita fired over a dangerous second ball, finding Boyd beyond the far post. Scott Bain spread himself to block and Boyd's shot deflected off the inside of his leg, flying just past the post. Bain then had to sprint from the penalty area to clear a long ball aimed for Irvine.

County were on top now and Irvine was unlucky when Bain pulled off a superb save to turn his snapshot from 18 yards onto the post. Kevin Thomson had done a good job in his holding midfield role in the first half but was struggling after the break. It was worrying to see him forced to leave the pitch after an hour, with Simon Ferry replacing him.

Shortly after Thomson's departure County grabbed the goal they'd been threatening since the break. After 67 minutes Boyce gave Gardyne the chance to burst into the penalty area and he pulled the ball across Bain to give RECKORD a tap in.

Dundee never looked like pulling the goal back. County were fired up and utterly relentless in their grafting and pressure. It was ugly, but nobody is interested in winning plaudits for style when they are fighting for their livelihoods at the bottom of the table.

Dundee's tentative efforts to chase an equaliser merely gave the home side more space. The Staggies were unfortunate not to add to their lead when substitute Jervis headed against the bar from De Vita's cross.

The Dark Blues' forays into the home penalty area were rare and they weren't able to create a clear chance in the whole game. James McPake moved up front towards the end, and the Dark Blues did force County back in injury time. However, the Staggies held out comfortably and were well worth the win.

Today the Dark Blues just didn't have the composure or cutting edge to deserve anything from the game. It was unfortunate they lost the two players who offer those very qualities. The defence did reasonably well, but the midfield lost out in the midfield battle and simply couldn't create anything of note in the final third.

Dundee have at least a couple of weeks without a game, and they will need that time to try and get players fit again for the run in to the split.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 28th, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 19 - 19 -
Thomas Konrad25 282282
Paul McGinn24 292292
James McPake30 291291
Willie Dyer28 16 - 42 -
Kevin Thomson29 19 - 19 -
Alex Harris20 9191
Jim McAlister29 32111611
Stephen McGinn26 5 - 5 -
Gary Harkins30 29412929
Greg Stewart24 30143014
Simon Ferry (sub)27 161161
Andrew Black (sub)19 2 - 2 -
Craig Wighton (sub)17 121263

League Table (as at February 28th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.