Dundee 0
Ross County 5
League (Premiership)

0 - 5
Ross County 

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
Kilmac Stadium
Attendance: 4,883
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Harry Clarke (18)
Ross Callachan (27)
Joseph Hungbo (34)
Regan Charles-Cook (40)
Regan Charles-Cook (71)

Team Managers
James McPake
Malky Mackay

Starting Eleven
1. Adam Legzdins
5. Ryan Sweeney
14. Lee Ashcroft
3. Jordan Marshall
2. Cammy Kerr
6. Jordan McGhee
10. Paul McGowan
26. Charlie Adam
35. Jason Cummings
18. Paul McMullan
29. Leigh Griffiths
Ashley Maynard-Brewer .31
Harry Clarke .20
Jack Baldwin .5
Alex Iacovitti .16
Connor Randall .2
Jordan Tillson .22
Harry Paton .6
Joseph Hungbo .23
Ross Callachan .8
Regan Charles-Cook .17
Jordan White .26

21. Ian Lawlor
16. Christie Elliott
27. Corey Panter
4. Liam Fontaine
23. Cillian Sheridan
9. Danny Mullen
17. Luke McCowan
Ross Laidlaw .1
Keith Watson .15
Jack Burroughs .18
Alex Robertson .11
Ben Paton .24
Blair Spittal .7
Dominic Samuel .10

Danny Mullen for Paul McMullan (38)
Cillian Sheridan for Paul McGowan (57)
Luke McCowan for Jason Cummings (57)
Joseph Hungbo for Blair Spittal (65)
Connor Randall for Ben Paton (76)
Regan Charles-Cook for Jack Burroughs (76)

Ryan Sweeney (29)
Cillian Sheridan (84)
Regan Charles-Cook (41)
Harry Paton (82)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Dickinson (Referee)
Jonathan Bell & Gary Hilland (Assistants)
Steven Kirkland (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee’s recent improvement in form came to an emphatic end with a 5-0 thrashing at home to Ross County. The Staggies ran away with the game in the first half, with four goals from Harry Clarke, Ross Callachan, Joseph Hungbo and Regan Charles-Cooke. With the points secured County were able to cruise through the second half and help themselves to a further goal from Charles-Cooke.

Dundee made two changes from the team that drew at Tynecastle. Paul McGowan and Jason Cummings started in the place of Max Anderson, who was unwell, and Luke McCowan, who was on the bench.

Ross County put in all the attacking in the opening 15 minutes without creating any real danger. However, it was worrying that the Dark Blues failed to stage a serious attacking move. Charlie Adam hit a powerful shot from 30 yards that Maynard-Brewer did well to turn round the post at full stretch.

The Staggies opened the scoring after 18 minutes with a strange goal. Alex Iacovitti hit a long pass out to the right wing where Joseph Hungbo was offside. The winger left the ball, allowing Harry Clarke to collect and run clear. Jordan Marshall was caught cold and couldn’t stop CLARKE who kept going to thrash an angled shot over Adam Legzdins.

The goal failed to jolt the Dee into action. Nine minutes later they fell further behind to a shambolic goal. Legzdins’ clearance was blocked by Jordan White. The ball fell kindly for Ross CALLACHAN and he shot into the empty net from wide on the left of the penalty area.

County were using the wide areas far more effectively than the Dee. They pushed the full backs forward and ensured their wide players were constantly involved in the game.

If the first two goals were dreadful from Dundee’s point of view there was no denying the quality of the third. HUNGBO took a free kick from 35 yards and swung his shot with pace over the wall, dipping into Legzdins’ top left hand corner.

James McPake responded by withdrawing Paul McMullan and sending on Danny Mullen to bolster up the Dee left and offer Marshall more protection.

The fourth goal arrived five minutes from the interval, and again it was very poorly defended. The Staggies were allowed to work their way to the edge of the penalty area with minimal interference. Callachan’s powerful low shot was well saved by Legzdins but Connor Randall quickly returned the ball into the goalmouth where Regan CHARLES-COOK prodded home an easy goal.

Dundee did not manage a single dangerous attack throughout the whole first half. There was a marginal improvement after the break but nothing that troubled the County defence or offered any hope that the Dark Blues might make a game of it.

Luke McCowan and Cillian Sheridan came on for Paul McGowan and Jason Cummings but it made no difference as the Dee went down meekly to a heavy defeat. The Staggies had picked up the reputation for conceding soft goals but there was no hint of that tonight. They did the basics well and ruthlessly exploited Dundee’s vulnerabilities.

The fifth goal, after 71 minutes, came as no surprise. The Staggies broke quickly and decisively as Clarke raced forward into space down the right. He kept going and pulled a pass across for CHARLES-COOK to take a touch and score easily from 12 yards.

The remainder of the game was played out in eerie silence as County held the Dee at bay all too easily and probed for further goals.

There is no need to provide much in the way of commentary on this result. The scoreline tells the full story. There are no excuses, no hard luck tales or fingers pointed at the officials. The Staggies were well worth their emphatic win. They were far superior to a passive and disjointed Dee in every department.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at October 27th, 2021)

2021-22 All Time
Adam Legzdins (GK)34 16 - 32 -
Jordan Marshall25 13 - 681
Lee Ashcroft28 161498
Ryan Sweeney24 101101
Jordan McGhee25 15 - 677
Cammy Kerr26 11 - 1924
Paul McGowan34 14226620
Charlie Adam35 111438
Leigh Griffiths31 716934
Paul McMullan25 152352
Jason Cummings26 1463214
Luke McCowan (sub)23 122122
Cillian Sheridan (sub)32 10 - 10 -
Danny Mullen (sub)26 5 - 398

League Table (as at October 27th, 2021)

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Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome to the Kilmac Stadium for tonight's match against Ross County.

Welcome to Malky and his backroom staff to the match.

We come into the match on the back of two good results. Our performances this season have deserved more and I was delighted we finally got that first win against Aberdeen last time out at Dens.

I was delighted for my players and staff, it has been a long time coming but that one was for the fans.

The fans came out in force and backed us The doubters said they would turn on us but when you give them things to cheer you create chances, you play good football and show heart and togetherness I've never seen a crowd turn on a Dundee team that does that.

We backed that up with a good point at Tynecastle and a performance that showed real character. It was the character that got us the point.

Nobody gave us a chance, some thought they would blow us away but they obviously hadn't looked at the characters and quality we have in the squad - that was never going to happen.

I don't think we snatched a point. For all the possession they had, aside from the goal and the one that hits the post they didn't trouble Adam Legzdins too much they had five on target, we had three.

We always felt in the game, a lot of their possession was in front of us.

Performances have been good from the start and at times we've been devastated coming off the pitch with nothing, you could say it was a fair result.

We weren't on top but we weren't in too much trouble either. We defended our box brilliantly. the defence were excellent.

I'm not overly pleased with a point because you always think you can nick something with that front three and Charlie Adam backing it up.

In the end it was a decent point for us and we want to back that up with another victory tonight which would make it a very good few weeks for us.