Ross County 0
Dundee 0
League (First Division)

Ross County 

0 - 0


League (First Division)
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
Victoria Park
Attendance: 2,175
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Scott Leitch Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. James Smith
3. Alex Keddie
4. Andy Dowie
5. Stuart Anderson
6. Daniel Moore
7. Mark McCulloch
8. Don Cowie
9. Kevin McKinlay
10. Sean Higgins
11. Diarmuid O'Carroll
Ludovic Roy .1
Jay Shields .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Gary Smith .4
Paul Dixon .5
Kevin McDonald .6
Scott Robertson .7
Paul McHale .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Derek Lyle .10
Robert Davidson .11

12. Joe Malin
14. Hugh Robertson
15. Michael Gardyne
16. Martin Scott
17. Craig Gunn
Callum Reidford .12
Danny Griffin .14
Alex Rae .15
Khalid Hamdaoui .16
Brian Clark .17

Craig Gunn for Sean Higgins (64)
Hugh Robertson for Kevin McKinlay (75)
Martin Scott for Stuart Anderson (79)
Khalid Hamdaoui for Robert Davidson (68)

None. Paul Dixon (76)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee's run without winning at Victoria Park, home of Ross County, continued when Alex Rae's side fought out a goal-less draw on their latest visit to Dingwall - In six competitive trips up North the Dark Blues have yet to taste victory, and indeed in four league encounters at the venue they have yet to score, but there were still aspects of this game which would have pleased manager Alex Rae - Noteably an extremely solid performance from the defence and midfield, and a promising cameo appearance from trialist Khalid Hamdaoui who showed some nice touches when introduced to the action midway through the second half.

Rae was without strikers Kevin Smith and Bryan Deasley through illness, Bob Davidson making a first start alongside Derek Lyle, that was the only change to the starting eleven, the manager leaving himself on the bench as he went with the same midfield who had beaten Queen of the South.

On a day when both sides suffered from a lack of creativity in blustery conditions it was the thirteenth minute before the first attempt on goal. That came from the home side as County full back whipped in a free kick from the edge of the box but he hooked his effort wide of Ludovic Roy's left hand post.

Dundee pushed forward and Derek Lyle headed a Swankie cross down to Bob Davidson, but the new boy was crowded out as he lined up a shot.

Midway through the opening period County's Stuart Anderson picked out, on loan from Celtic, Diarmuid O'Carroll but the youngster skied his effort from 15 yards.

Gary Mackenzie was winning most of the balls which went in his direction at both ends of the park and he got on the end of a McHale free kick in 27 minutes, but his shot on the turn was charged down.

Six minutes later and Dundee went closer, Craig Samson did well to parry Kevin McDonald's angled drive and when the ball was scrambled away from the crowded penalty box it fell to Scott Robertson who lashed in a 25 yarder which went inches over.

As half time approached a long ball from home right back Jay Smith appeared to be handled by O'Carroll as he controlled, his subsequent shot being high and wide of the target.

As the second half started Bob Davidson had a good chance when Derek Lyle played him through but the youngster pulled his shot wide of the goal, and he was similarly off target with a snap shot in 49 minutes after Dixon's long throw had been flicked on.

Samson was called into action four minutes later when Dixon fed Lyle and the striker hit a shot on the turn which the keeper saved well.

Dundee had looked the more likely but for a long spell after that Lyle effort the game became even more bereft of goalmouth action. Paul Dixon was unlucky to pick up a booking in 76 minutes for a fifty-fifty challenge on Smith, and by that time the tiring Davidson had been replaced by trialist Hamdaoui who quickly showed some neat tricks and flicks. It was a more direct approach which came to close to breaking the deadlock for Dundee a long ball from the back setting up a race between Kevin McDonald and keeper Samson with both players arriving at the ball at the same instant, Samson's challenge delaying McDonald long enough for the home defence to backtrack and snuff out the danger.

Samson was in action again in 80 minutes when he fielded a Lyle header from McDonald's cross and at the other end there was a moment of trepidation for the travelling support as former Dee Hugh Robertson lined up a shot from 30 yards, McHale's challenge meant that the County substitute had to switch from his stronger left foot and his effort flew just a foot wide of the goal.

In the dying minutes there was a chance at either end, the first coming Dundee's way and carved out by Hamdaoui who skipped past a challenge from Smith and fired a low cross from the left across the edge of the six yard box, Robertson was arriving at the back post to meet it but was denied by a fine challenge from Moore.

County's opportunity was similar, though from the right, McCulloch finding space to fire in a low ball which evaded everyone as it zipped across the face of goal.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at January 27th, 2007)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 20 - 20 -
Paul Dixon20 26 - 652
Gary Mackenzie21 13 - 13 -
Gary Smith35 101101
Kevin McDonald18 231564
Paul McHale25 2 - 2 -
Scott Robertson21 261793
Jay Shields21 9 - 9 -
Robert Davidson20 2 - 2 -
Derek Lyle25 19101910
Gavin Swankie23 248278
Khalid Hamdaoui (sub) - 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at January 27th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.