Ross County 1
Dundee 1
League (Premier League)

Ross County 

1 - 1


League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Victoria Park
Attendance: 3,129
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Glen (74) Iain Davidson (37)

Team Managers
Derek Adams Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
25. Mark Brown
5. Scott Boyd
4. Grant Munro
3. Marc Fitzpatrick
6. Ross Tokely
29. Mark Fotheringham
21. Alex Cooper
11. Iain Vigurs
10. Richard Brittain
7. Stuart Kettlewell
9. Colin McMenamin
Robert Douglas .1
Kyle Benedictus .17
Declan Gallagher .18
Gary Irvine .2
Matt Lockwood .3
Iain Davidson .6
Jim McAlister .20
Kevin McBride .8
Nicky Riley .7
John Baird .10
Colin Nish .24

1. Michael Fraser
2. Jon Bateson
27. Adam Porritt
23. Archie MacPhee
15. Mark Corcoran
12. Rocco Quinn
20. Gary Glen
Alex Baird .36
Neil McGregor .5
Lewis Toshney .25
Ryan Conroy .11
Jamie Reid .33
Martin Boyle .23
Mark Stewart .27

Gary Glen for Mark Fotheringham (61) Lewis Toshney for Kyle Benedictus (77)
Ryan Conroy for Nicky Riley (78)
Mark Stewart for John Baird (88)

Mark Fotheringham (50)
Iain Vigurs (52)
Declan Gallagher (81)
Gary Irvine (88)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Gordon Middleton & Gavin Harris (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

A 1-1 draw gave Dundee a deserved point from a hard working performance in Dingwall this afternoon. There was far more effort than entertainment for the supporters, but those Dees who did make the trip will feel it was worth it for Iain Davidson's spectacular 30 yard goal in the first half.

A point away to Ross County is a good result, but this should really have been a win. Until a head injury to Kyle Benedictus disrupted an impressive Dundee defence the Dee had been in control and looking more likely to extend their lead than concede an equaliser. However, Gary Glen scored after 74 minutes and County finished the stronger side.

The only change from last week's derby was Colin Nish returning from suspension to replace the injured Steven Milne.

The game took ages to get going as both sides struggled to keep possession and keep their feet on a slippery pitch. There were promising signs for Dundee as McBride and Davidson looked more composed and effective in the middle of the park than their opponents.

It was County who came closest to scoring in the first half hour after Gallagher and Irvine collided going for the same ball. The ball broke to Cooper, who hit a shot from wide on the left that would have caused Douglas little trouble, but it took a huge deflection off Irvine and spun past the post with Douglas wrong footed.

As the half wore on Dundee started to look more dangerous and took the lead after a good spell of pressure. Matt Lockwood and Jim McAlister worked the ball neatly into the danger area. County seemed to have ended the danger when the ball was hacked clear. However, Iain DAVIDSON took the ball 30 yards out and sent an unstoppable shot ripping into the top corner.

The goal spurred Dundee on and Riley shot narrowly wide after a fine move by McAlister and Nish. County looked most dangerous from set pieces and Douglas had to be alert to grab a Munro header from a corner at the end of the half.

The second half started with County flinging a few crosses into the Dundee box that caused little trouble. The Dark Blues took charge and then had a prolonged spell on top in which they should really have sown the game up. The ball was mainly in the County half with Dundee probing and pressing for the crucial second goal.

The Dundee defence was calmly mopping up the occasional County attack, and the ball would be quickly returned to put the home side under pressure. Frustratingly Dundee's final ball was never good enough and County were able to hang on.

20 minutes from time Kyle Benedictus and Colin McMenamin had a nasty head knock going for a high through ball. McMenamin was able to continue, but Benedictus went off for treatment. While he was off Tokely headed wide from Kettlewell's cross.

The momentum of the game was changing now, and even though Benedictus returned he was obviously not happy. Before Dundee had the chance to reorganise they conceded an entirely avoidable equaliser.

Nicky Riley did well to track back and win the ball. He should just have turned the ball out of play, but tried to play the ball up the line. It was blocked and when the cross was swung into the penalty area Dundee couldn't clear it. The ball pinged around the box before it broke to GLEN who rammed it into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

Kyle Benedictus left the pitch after the goal and Lewis Toshney replaced him.

Inevitably the goal lifted County. They stopped giving the ball away and they started to put Dundee under serious pressure for the first time. Right at the end both teams had chances to win the game. First, substitute Ryan Conroy headed McAlister's cross into the path of Nish, but the big striker couldn't connect properly three yards out and the ball bobbled wide.

At the other end Richard Brittain played a smart one two with McMenamin to get a shooting chance, but instead of shooting across Douglas he tried to beat the keeper at the near post and only found the outside of the post.

Dundee will certainly be frustrated that they failed to press home their advantage when they were well on top, but County will probably be disappointed they couldn't grab a winner when they came charging back after their equaliser.

Neither team really had the quality they needed to win the game. Dundee just couldn't quite find the right ball to set up a clear chance when they were dominating for long spells in the second half. County never showed the confident fluency that was a feature of their game last season and their late attacks showed far more desperation than composure.

It was good to see Colin Nish return for his ability to take the ball and bring others into the game. He combined well with Baird, but neither striker had a clear sight of goal until the very end when Nish poked the ball wide. The build up play was good, but the final ball needs to be better. Time and time again Dundee failed to hit the right pass to open up the County defence. This was a good point, but it should have been three excellent points.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at December 15th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 20 - 291 -
Kyle Benedictus21 171671
Declan Gallagher21 10 - 10 -
Gary Irvine27 20 - 992
Matt Lockwood36 1719310
Iain Davidson28 191191
Jim McAlister27 19 - 19 -
Kevin McBride31 111221
Nicky Riley26 1217810
John Baird27 19 - 19 -
Colin Nish31 132132
Lewis Toshney (sub)20 7 - 7 -
Ryan Conroy (sub)25 1946116
Mark Stewart (sub)24 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at December 15th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.