Dundee 0
Ross County 1
League (Premier League)

0 - 1
Ross County 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 25th, 2012
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,905
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Richard Brittain (pen.) (72)

Team Managers
Barry Smith
Derek Adams

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
21. Davide Grassi
17. Kyle Benedictus
5. Neil McGregor
2. Gary Irvine
20. Jim McAlister
6. Iain Davidson
4. Stephen O'Donnell
11. Ryan Conroy
27. Mark Stewart
24. Colin Nish
Michael Fraser .1
Scott Boyd .5
Grant Munro .4
Marc Fitzpatrick .3
Ross Tokely .6
Stuart Kettlewell .7
Iain Vigurs .11
Richard Brittain
Rocco Quinn .12
Mark Corcoran .15
Colin McMenamin .9

36. Alex Baird
25. Lewis Toshney
3. Matt Lockwood
16. Graham Webster
10. John Baird
15. Steven Milne
23. Martin Boyle
Sean McCarthy .28
Archie MacPhee .23
Mihael Kovacevic .22
Alex Cooper .21
Russell Duncan .18
Steven Ross .24
Sam Morrow .17

Lewis Toshney for Kyle Benedictus (47)
Martin Boyle for Mark Stewart (60)
John Baird for Lewis Toshney (85)
Sam Morrow for Colin McMenamin (76)
Russell Duncan for Mark Corcoran (84)

Stephen O'Donnell (29)
Iain Davidson (92)
Iain Vigurs (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Alastair Mather & David McGeachie (Assistants)
John Beaton (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee's disappointing start to the season continued with a third successive defeat against Ross County at Dens. Richard Brittain scored the only goal of the game from a 70th minutes penalty, a decision that might have been on the soft side, but is unlikely to embarrass referee Steven McLean when he sees the replay.

Barry Smith had remarked on the Dee's need to be streetwise in the SPL, and there was no doubt that the tough and disciplined County were well ahead of Dundee in the canny, streetwise stakes.

Dundee made three changes from last Sunday's derby, and a series of positional switches. Colin Nish and Mark Stewart were brought into the attack, replacing John Baird, who dropped to the bench and Nicky Riley who is injured. Neil McGregor returned to central defence, with Kyle Benedictus moving to right back. Gary Irvine moved forward to right midfield, James McAlister to left midfield, while Ryan Conroy went to left back in place of Matt Lockwood who was a substitute.

In an edgy and physical first half County's best chances came from corners. They should have taken the lead after five minutes when Dundee's slack defending allowed Boyd to turn the ball against the bar after Tokely had headed it on. At the end of the half another corner triggered a scramble only a couple of yards from the Dee goal, with the home side were relieved to escape.

Dundee looked most dangerous when they kept the ball down and used Colin Nish to link with Stewart and the wide players. In the first half James McAlister looked comfortable and effective on the left of midfield. Right on the half time whistle good play my McAlister allowed Irvine to burst into the penalty area, but he shot against the post. That was the closest Dundee scoring in the whole match. Indeed, it was their only worthwhile chance.

Kyle Benedictus took a head knock late in the first half. He seemed to be still affected by it when he came out after half time and was quickly replaced by Lewis Toshney.

The first half had offered little enough in the way of excitement and entertainment, but sadly the entertainment dipped even further after the break. Both sides struggled to keep possession and trouble the defences.

A goalless draw was starting to look the most likely outcome, but County managed to grab a winner 18 minutes from time with a needlessly conceded penalty. Lewis Toshney allowed Marc Corcoran to get past him and as he moved into the penalty area he went down as McGregor leaned on him. The referee immediately awarded a penalty and Richard BRITTAIN hammered the ball home.

County were now content to sit back and had little trouble coping with Dundee's attacks. The Dark Blues had been struggling to play composed football in the second half, and after the goal their efforts were largely frantic, and without the quality needed to threaten County's goal.

Dundee rarely got players into good positions in the last third, and when they did manage it the final balls were poor. The few shots Dundee managed were snatched at and nowhere near the target.

Colin Nish looked as if he will be an asset to Dundee when he builds an understanding with a partner striker. Apart from the penalty incident Lewis Toshney had an impressive debut, but unfortunately limped off late in the match.

Dundee supporters will be very disappointed with today's result and performance, and rightly so. There was a lack of cohesion and understanding, which is not surprising considering the large number of new players who have arrived since the start of the season. There was the odd glimmer of promise today, but rapid and significant improvement will be needed.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 25th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 5 - 276 -
Neil McGregor27 3 - 341
Kyle Benedictus20 5 - 55 -
Davide Grassi26 3 - 3 -
Gary Irvine27 5 - 842
Stephen O'Donnell29 3 - 817
Iain Davidson28 4 - 4 -
Jim McAlister26 4 - 4 -
Ryan Conroy25 5 - 4712
Colin Nish31 1 - 1 -
Mark Stewart24 4 - 4 -
Lewis Toshney (sub)20 1 - 1 -
John Baird (sub)27 5 - 5 -
Martin Boyle (sub)19 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at August 25th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After the disappointment of last Sunday, today's game can't come quickly enough.

I was involved in many games against Dundee United as a player, and whilst I was lucky to have won my fair share, you have to use the defeats to motivate and drive you forward, and that's the kind of determination I'll be looking for today.

I think we started Sunday's game very well but as has been our story of the season so far, we miss a chance and the opposition go up the park and score. This is something we need to learn from quickly and as a team defend better in certain situations

The support that we took to Tannadice was absolutely magnificent, backing the boys from the first whistle for the entire 90 minutes. If the fans can keep that up and we continue to match the spirit shown in the stands then we'll give ourselves every chance of doing well this season.

You'll see from the activity this week that we're continuing to work hard to improve and bolster the squad and I can assure everyone that we're doing the very best that we can within the time constraints that we've been given. It may not be happening as quickly as everyone would like, but we're walking on a fine line between doing this as fast as we can, and doing things properly.

We face a side today that are no strangers to Dens Park, and it's a very tough fixture indeed. Ross County have shown in their opening games that they will be more then able to hold their own in this division, and have done well to carry forward their terrific form from last season.

I believe if we do things properly and continue to learn and work together as a team, then we'll have a chance in every game that we play, and this afternoon is no different.

On behalf of the players and the coaching staff, thank you for your continued support, and hopefully we can reward you for your tremendous backing by sending you all home happy today.