Ross County 1
Dundee 1
League (First Division)

Ross County 

1 - 1


League (First Division)
Saturday, December 17th, 2011
Victoria Park
Attendance: 3,046
3:00 PM Kick-off

Colin McMenamin (82) Steven Milne (25)

Team Managers
Derek Adams Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Michael Fraser
2. Scott Boyd
3. Scott Morrison
4. Grant Munro
5. Gary Miller
6. Stuart Kettlewell
7. Iain Vigurs
8. Paul Lawson
9. Michael Gardyne
10. Rocco Quinn
11. Colin McMenamin
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Neil McGregor .3
Rhys Weston .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Jamie McCluskey .6
Stephen O'Donnell .7
Gavin Rae .8
Ryan Conroy .9
Steven Milne .10
Jake Hyde .11

12. Joe Malin
14. Johnny Flynn
15. Mark Corcoran
16. Kurtis Byrne
17. Steven Craig
John Gibson .12
Craig McKeown .14
Ross Chisholm .15
Calum Elliot .16
Graham Bayne .17

Steven Craig for Scott Morrison (46)
Kurtis Byrne for Stuart Kettlewell (73)
Mark Corcoran for Michael Gardyne (88)
Ross Chisholm for Jamie McCluskey (39)
Calum Elliot for Steven Milne (63)
Graham Bayne for Jake Hyde (77)

Stuart Kettlewell (71) None.

Red Cards
None. Stephen O'Donnell (37)

Match Officials

George Salmond (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee fought out a hard, but frustrating 1-1 draw in the top of the table clash at a freezing Victoria Park in Dingwall. They led for over an hour after Steven Milne gave them a deserved first half lead, but ex-Dee Colin McMenamin saved a point for County with an 82nd minute equaliser.

As with last week the big talking point was a red card for a Dundee player. Stephen O'Donnell's controversial dismissal just before half time meant the Dee faced a long second half with their backs to the wall.

Dundee's only change was Jamie McCluskey coming in as a straight replacement for the suspended Nicky Riley.

The Dark Blues started confidently and moved the ball around neatly trying to open up the County defence.

They won a series of early free kicks round the County box, the best being a 25 yard effort from Ryan Conroy, which home home keeper, Michael Fraser, tipped round the post.

Steven Milne should have opened the scoring when he was left unmarked at a Conroy free kick but he glanced his header over the bar.

Savo was more composed with his next chance when Dundee took a deserved lead after 35 minutes. After a neat passing move up the right. Jamie McCluskey tried to move the ball on to Milne but the ball broke back kindly to him off a County player. This game him the chance to send MILNE clear to slip the ball past Fraser.

Before Dundee had the chance to settle on their lead they found themselves down to 10 men. O'Donnell made a strong tackle on Vigurs. The home side reacted angrily and referee Mr Salmond pulled out his red card, to the fury of the Dundee bench, only a few yards away. A straight red card certainly seemed extremely harsh.

After waiting patiently for his chance Jamie McCluskey must have been desperately frustrated to be substituted as Barry Smith sent on Ross Chisholm to bring the central midfield up to strength.

County came more into the match now, but had to wait till the stroke of half time before their first serious effort on the Dee goal when Vigurs cut in from the left and forced a save from Douglas.

Derek Adams changed County's formation at half time and withdrew the left back Morrison in order to send on a striker, Steven Craig.

The game was flowing non-stop towards the Dundee goal now as County threw men forward desperately looking for an equaliser. They played plenty of neat football a long way from the Dundee goal but lacked patience and didn't create as many chances as their possession should have allowed them too. Dundee were sitting back and in fairness to the Dee defence they made it very difficult for County to create much in the last third.

A McMenamin volley struck a defender and spun gently into the arms of Douglas. Vigurs and Gardyne both blasted fierce cross cum shots across the Dundee goal, and Irvine made a great header to stop the ball reaching the dangerous McMenamin.

A McMenamin volley struck a defender and spun gently into the arms of Douglas. Vigurs and Gardyne both blasted fierce cross shots across the Dundee goal, and Irvine made a great header to stop the ball reaching the dangerous McMenamin.

Eventually County's pressure paid off, and it was no surprise that it came from McMenamin's sharpness. All through the second half the home side were shooting poorly and optimistically from distance. After 82 minutes Vigurs was able to keep a 22 yard shot down. It would probably have caused Douglas little trouble, but MCMENAMIN managed to stop the ball, spin and score from 10 yards.

County might have grabbed a winner just a couple of minutes later, but Douglas saved brilliantly, sticking out a foot to stop Boyd's header from a corner.

The home side were frantically chasing a winner, but the experience and coolness of the Dundee players were crucial, allowing the Dee to handle the home side well in the closing stages. They were able to keep possession better away from their goal, and were able to pressure County into losing the ball when the home side attacked.

County must be annoyed that they weren't able to bring more effective pressure to bear on Dundee as the match drifted into injury time, and the referee blew for time with Dundee holding the ball in the County half.

A draw was a fair result on the balance of play. County could rightly point out that they had nearly all the pressure in the second half, but Dundee can claim that their defence handled most of it very well and were the better side before a very dubious red card.

The Dundee players and managers will be frustrated that they couldn't hold onto their lead till the end, and will feel with justification that they would probably have won if they'd been at full strength throughout.

I've huge sympathy for Jamie McCluskey who had to make way for Chisholm after the sending off. It must be infuriating for a player desperate to show what he can do. At least he can reflect on a good assist for the Dundee goal.

Yet again, the Dundee defence were excellent. In midfield Gavin Rae provided the experience, drive and coolness that were all vital in the second half.

A point away to league leaders who've been in tremendous form would normally be considered an excellent result, but it's disappointing that Dundee couldn't hang on for all three. This was a good fighting performance though, and the Dee's good run is still very much alive.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at December 17th, 2011)

2011-12 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)39 22 - 250 -
Matt Lockwood35 223578
Neil McGregor26 16 - 16 -
Rhys Weston31 191531
Gary Irvine26 221582
Stephen O'Donnell28 212595
Jamie McCluskey24 171171
Ryan Conroy24 213213
Gavin Rae34 10325529
Jake Hyde21 144167
Steven Milne31 191113636
Ross Chisholm (sub)23 14 - 14 -
Graham Bayne (sub)32 8 - 311
Calum Elliot (sub)24 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at December 17th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.