Dundee 0
Ross County 0
League (First Division)

0 - 0
Ross County 

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,671
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Gardner Spiers

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Murray
2. Barry Smith
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Paul Dixon
6. Garry Brady
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Steven Robb
10. Simon Lynch
11. Craig O'Reilly
Stuart Garden .1
Jim Lauchlan .2
Martin Canning .3
Lionel Djebi-Zadi .4
David Cowan .5
Don Cowie .6
John Rankin .7
Mark McCulloch .8
Kevin McKinlay .9
Alex Burke .10
Sean Higgins .11

12. Andrew Britton
14. Stuart McCluskey
15. Bryan Deasley
16. Colin Marshall
17. Steven Craig
Joe Malin .12
Neil McDonald .14
Fergus Tiernan .15
Craig Gunn .16
David Winters .17

Bryan Deasley for Craig O'Reilly (53)
Colin Marshall for Garry Brady (78)
Craig Gunn for Alex Burke (73)
David Winters for Sean Higgins (81)

None. David Cowan (76)
Mark McCulloh ,75)
Sean Higgins (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Scott MacDonald (Referee)
Matt Northcroft & Ricky Smith (Assistants)

Match Report

For the supporters of both teams this match was a bore, but for young Scott Murray it was the stuff of dreams. Four clean sheets in a row are great results for any keeper, never mind a seventeen-year-old, and Scott seems to have the magic touch which means opposition forwards don't actually make him save shots

Murray though had to be brave and alert away from stopping direct hits on target, but Ross County never had a direct strike on goal - unfortunately neither did Dundee in a match which will be quickly forgotten.

Dundee started with the same line up who had beaten Stranraer in the previous weeks cup tie, there were a couple of new boys on the bench in the shape of keeper Andrew Britton, who had signed on a short term contract, and midfielder Colin Marshall.

Scott Murray had to be alert as County made the first chance of the match racing from his line to clear as Alex Burke chased Sean Higgins' through ball. Dundee hit back with efforts from a Lynch header and Kevin McDonald shot, both well off target.

On the half hour County defender David Cowan fired in a dipping drive from thirty yards which zipped inches over, it was by far the best effort from either side in the first period, though the Dingwall side missed the best chance of the match five minutes before the break Higgins headed a cross into the patch of Burke, but from just eight yards out he pulled his shot wide of the post.

Just moments before the interval the visitors had a claim for a penalty. Scott Murray came a long way to grasp a in-swinging free kick from the left but couldn't hang onto the ball and as it broke free Lionel Djebi- Zadi pounced on the loose ball, as he twisted and turned to try and find space he went tumbling under Paul Dixon's challenge, referee MacDonald decided though that it was Dundee who should be awarded a free kick.

County had edged the first half, but after the interval it was Dundee who had slightly the better of the possession, chances were few and far between though. Paul Dixon twice tried his luck from free kicks, but lamentably failed to trouble the keeper. Scott Robertson, who was turning in an energy-charged performance, came closer with a long-range effort that dipped just over.

Substitute Bryan Deasley was given a longer run as a substitute than he had experienced previously, replacing O'Reilly in 53 minutes, and he looked the liveliest player afield after his introduction. He came closest to breaking the deadlock with a vicious dipping drive that was only inches away, and was the one of the victims of some rough treatment as County picked up three bookings in quick succession.

Manager Alan Kernaghan admitted he was disappointed by Dundee's display and the quality of the match "You could say that on the positive side, it was another clean sheet, our young lads were committed and got through another game without losing, but overall I have to say I was disappointed with the performance and the game. It's the story of our season so far that we are not creating enough chances. Neither keeper was made to work and barring a defensive mistake there was never going to be a goal."

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at January 14th, 2006)

2005-06 All Time
Scott Murray (GK)17 7 - 7 -
Paul Dixon19 21 - 21 -
Callum MacDonald22 17 - 591
Bobby Mann32 273593
Barry Smith31 27 - 4154
Garry Brady29 24 - 1292
Kevin McDonald17 151151
Steven Robb23 21 - 854
Scott Robertson20 261361
Simon Lynch23 26122612
Craig O'Reilly18 104104
Colin Marshall (sub)21 1 - 1 -
Bryan Deasley (sub)17 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at January 14th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Today we take on a team against who we let ourselves down on out last meeting up in Dingwall, the performance that day simply wasn't acceptable, but we have improved steadily since then, although we are still some way away from where I want us to be. That improvement was evident last Sunday in the cup game against Stranraer. Maybe it wasn't the prettiest of games. But I was pleased with how we went about the game. I thought we started the game quite well, but after 15 or 20 minutes Stranraer came back into it a bit and we tried to tell them at half time that they had to step up the tempo again at the start of the second half.

At the break we told the likes of Bobby (Mann) and Callum (MacDonald) that Stranraer were dropping off quite a lot, and if they got space in front of them they should drive into it. They did that after just a minute and the goal came from it, young Paul (Dixon) put a great ball in for O'Reilly to net, he'd done the same at the start of the first half which nobody got on the end of. Craig O'Reilly gets on the end of things well, his play outside the box needs to improve an awful lot and he knows that but he makes up for that with his goals.

I was pleased for Simon Lynch too, it was a great goal and he deserved it, he'd worked hard again and sacrificed himself for the team at times with some unselfish running. The shot might have taken a deflection but I think it was going in anyway.

That match was the best I've seen Garry Brady play for us, he was influential in the game, but I think he could still do more. Especially in terms of making goalscoring opportunities for himself, he makes them for others but I think he's only scored once in two or three years, so his goalscoring record isn't great but he put himself about well today.

I was pleased with everybody on this occasion, I thought we defended well, both as a team and as a back four, bar Callum had a little brainstorm which got young Scottie into trouble, but apart that he and everyone else did well."

Young McDonald and Robertson again did well, they bossed the midfield and they are learning. If you look back to the Airdrie game they continued to play the same way throughout even when it wasn't the correct thing to do, they showed today that they can sit in and be dogged when they need to.

I'm pleased with the fact that we've kept six clean sheets in seven games, although I'm not one for statistics. It reflects well on the team, as well as the two keepers who've played in those games, Kelvin Jack and Scott Murray, although to be honest to Scottie he hasn't had a massive amount to do in those three games he's played, that shows the defence have done their job, having said that he did have a good save from the free kick last week.

We've brought in a fresh face this week in young Colin Marshall, he's a player who is quick, enthusiastic and who passes the ball well. I know him well from his period on loan from Aston Villa at Clyde and I feel he can do a job for us. He got an outing in a bounce game on Tuesday and showed some of what he can do, although it has to be said that he's a little rusty so unlikely to start today, The same goes for Stuart McCluskey, but it was good for him to get a full ninety minutes under their belt after a fairly long spell out.

Thanks for your support today, enjoy the game.