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Ross County 1
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Ross County 

League (Premiership)
Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,017
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jim McAlister (52)
Craig Curran (65)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
12. Scott Bain
2. Gary Irvine
19. Paul McGinn
5. James McPake
6. Iain Davidson
47. Alex Harris
20. Jim McAlister
18. Paul McGowan
10. Kevin Thomson
16. David Clarkson
15. Greg Stewart
Antonio Reguero .1
Paul Quinn .43
Steven Saunders .6
Jamie Reckord .12
Jackson Irvine .36
Richard Brittain .8
Filip Kiss .10
Terry Dunfield .31
Joe Cardle .7
Liam Boyce .16
Craig Curran .11

25. Arvid Schenk
3. Willie Dyer
4. Thomas Konrad
28. Dylan Carreiro
29. Gary Harkins
9. Peter MacDonald
21. Luka Tankulic
Mark Brown .21
Scott Boyd .5
Steven Ross .17
Darren Maatsen .14
Graham Carey .23
Kyle MacLeod
Jake Jervis .9

Luka Tankulic for David Clarkson (56)
Thomas Konrad for James McPake (67)
Gary Harkins for Paul McGowan (79)
Scott Boyd for Joe Cardle (15)
Steven Ross for Liam Boyce (70)
Jake Jervis for Craig Curran (78)

James McPake (67)
Gary Irvine (82)
Richard Brittain (32)
Steven Saunders (64)

Red Cards
None. Terry Dunfield (9)
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Andrew McWilliam & Kylie McMullan (Assistants)
Gavin Ross (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee's poor run of form continued as they drew 1-1 against Ross County at Dens Park today. The Dark Blues should have won comfortably, but threw away two points against a side who had to play nearly the whole match with 10 men. Jim McAlister put the Dee ahead early in the second half, only for Craig Curran to equalise on his debut.

Paul Hartley made four changes. Alex Harris started, after joining on loan from Hibs for the rest of the season. Scott Bain and Kevin Thomson returned from injury while Paul McGinn came in after serving a one match suspension. Schenk, Konrad, Harkins and Dyer all moved onto the bench.

Each side had a half chance in the first three minutes. Careless Dundee defending gave Boyce room in the penalty area, but he shot too high. At the other end Paul McGowan found himself in space 20 yards out. He chipped the keeper, but the ball drifted over the bar.

After only six minutes County were reduced to 10 men when Dunfield was dismissed for a high challenge on Paul McGinn. Dundee came close twice before County had a chance to change their formation. Stewart's pass let Harris reach the byline. and McAlister met his cutback with a low shot. Reguero saved with his feet and Clarkson blasted the loose ball across goal and just past the far post. Clarkson then sent Stewart racing into the penalty area, but under pressure from the advancing keeper he hooked his shot over the bar.

The visitors reacted by withdrawing winger Joe Cardle and sending on central defender Scott Boyd, with the experienced Richard Brittain moving forward to midfield. Brittain's free kick from 25 yards forced Bain to make a good low save down by his post.

Dundee continued to dominate and looked dangerous whenever they came forward although County were defending in depth. A fine Thomson pass sent Irvine into the box, but he shot just wide into the side netting. In a rare County attack another spot of carelessness allowed Kiss to fire in a shot that was deflected wide for a corner.

As the pressure mounted on County Clarkson passed up a golden opportunity to get back on the goal trail. He blazed past the post after Stewart had set up what looked like an easy chance. Dundee kept up fierce pressure on the County defence, but couldn't force a breakthrough before the interval.

The visitors made a more adventurous start to the second half. They spent the first few minutes in the Dundee half, without looking remotely dangerous, or even actually reaching the penalty area.

The Dark Blues were soon back on the attack and finally opened up the County defence after 52 minutes. Harris played a good pass out to Irvine, whose cross was swept high into the net from 12 yards by Jim MCALISTER.

Dundee were in full control now and looking likely to add to their lead. Luka Tankulic came on for Clarkson, and was quickly involved. He played a fine pass inside the left back to release Harris. The cutback caused chaos in the County defence and Tankulic smashed a shot against the outside of the post.

McPake and Reguero needed lengthy treatment after this incident, and play was held up for four minutes while the County keeper had his head bandaged. When play resumed Reguero was quickly under pressure and struggled to deal with a succession of crosses.

Amazingly Dundee managed to concede a dreadful goal when they looked totally dominant. County had offered nothing in attack since the break, but Jackson was able to break down the right after McGowan lost the ball with a poor first touch on the halfway line. Only McGinn was back when Kiss's cross came over. The ball flew over his head and CURRAN volleyed in the equaliser at the back post. Dundee had managed to turn promising pressure into a soft equaliser when there was absolutely no danger.

James McPake seemed to be struggling after he had received treatment, and was replaced by Thomas Konrad when County scored. The rest of the match was agonisingly frustrating for the Dark Blue supporters. Dundee had endless pressure as County pulled everyone back. The Dee still managed to find plenty of space, especially on the right where Reckord's positioning allowed McGinn and Harris far too much room. Nevertheless the final ball into the box was seldom good enough.

Gary Harkins replaced Paul McGowan, but couldn't provide the moment of magic Dundee needed so desperately. Harris drove a low ball across goal with both McAlister and Tankulic lunging but just failing to turn it into the net. Tankulic laid the ball off to give McAlister a great chance from 12 yards, but he couldn't find enough power to beat Reguero. Another low cross by Harris caught out the defence; both Tankulic and Stewart swung at the ball but neither could connect. Stewart then fired a low ball across from the left, but McAlister couldn't quite reach it. Finally, deep into injury time, Stewart blazed over after making space.

The final whistle brought a few boos from the home support, and delighted applause from the away fans after their team had dug out an unlikely point. Dundee's failure to clinch the points today was astonishing. Against 10 men they had non-stop pressure, and enough chances to win several games, but they contrived to throw away two points.

The defence had very little to do, but never looked entirely convincing when County did move forward. Although the Dee midfield were in control, and kept the game flowing towards the County goal, Dundee just couldn't turn all the pressure into a win. Newcomer Alex Harris showed plenty of promise and combined well with Paul McGinn. During a frustrating second half the pair of them always looked as if they might provide a winner for the Dee, but it wasn't to be. This was an ideal opportunity to get back on track after a poor spell and a draw was a very poor and disappointing result in the circumstances.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 4th, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 10 - 10 -
Gary Irvine29 2111783
Paul McGinn24 231231
James McPake30 221221
Iain Davidson30 5 - 754
Alex Harris20 1 - 1 -
Jim McAlister29 23110711
Paul McGowan27 19 - 19 -
Kevin Thomson29 13 - 13 -
David Clarkson29 148148
Greg Stewart24 22102210
Thomas Konrad (sub)25 232232
Gary Harkins (sub)30 22312228
Luka Tankulic (sub)23 192192

League Table (as at January 4th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon. If like to wish you all a Happy New Year and welcome all of our supporters and those of Ross County to Dens.

I'd also like to welcome Jim McIntyre and his backroom staff to Dens after a long journey down the road today.

I'm writing this before the derby due to print deadlines so I can only reflect on the last outing at Dens against St. Mirren. It was a poor performance from us and not up to the usual high standard that we are used to this season, we lost some bad goals and didn't play well as a team.

I thought we were sloppy at times and our play didn't merit anything on the day. was a disappointing day all round and we will look to put it right as soon as possible.

Thankfully with the festive period the games come thick and fast so there are plenty opportunities to put things right.

We'll be in for another tough game this week. County showed when we played them up north that they will keep going right till the end and we know we will have to be at our best to come away with the points today.

Enjoy the game.