Dundee 0
Ross County 0
League (Premiership)

0 - 0
Ross County 

League (Premiership)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2023
The Scot Foam Stadium
Attendance: 4,887
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Tony Docherty
Malkay Mackay

Starting Eleven
31. Trevor Carson
3. Owen Beck
12. Ricki Lamie
6. Jordan McGhee
29. Antonio Portales
5. Joe Shaughnessy
23. Malachi Boateng
19. Finlay Robertson
9. Amadou Bakayoko
17. Luke McCowan
24. Zak Rudden
Ross Laidlaw .1
Jack Baldwin .5
Ben Purrington .3
James Brown .4
Connor Randall .2
Ryan Leak .42
Dylan Smith .30
Victor Loturi .14
Yan Dhanda .10
Jordan White .26
Simon Murray .15

1. Adam Legzdins
14. Lee Ashcroft
2. Cammy Kerr
21. Ryan Howley
18. Charlie Reilly
28. Mo Sylla
32. Marcel Lewis
11. Diego Pineda
Ross Munro .21
George Harmon .16
Scott Allardice .6
Kyle Turner .7
Max Sheaf .12
Josh Sims .11
Eamonn Brophy .27
Alex Samuel .25

Ryan Howley for Jordan McGhee (78)
Diego Pineda for Zak Rudden (78)
Charlie Reilly for Finlay Robertson (89)
Josh Sims for Simon Murray (61)
George Harmon for Ben Purrington (76)
Eamonn Brophy for Yan Dhanda (76)
Scott Allardice for Victor Loturi (83)
Alex Samuel for Jordan White (83)

Zak Rudden (73)
Jack Baldwin (17)
Simon Murray (38)
James Brown (52)
Victor Loturi (54)
Jordan White (57)
Eamonn Brophy (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Steven (Referee)
Steven Traynor & Gordon Crawford (Assistants)
Graham Grainger (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee played out a 0-0 draw against Ross County in the rescheduled Premiership match at the Scot Foam Stadium tonight. A win for either club would have taken them into the top six, but both remain in the bottom three after a tight game with few chances.

The Dark Blues made two changes from the team that drew at Hibs. Jordan McGhee came in for Cammy Kerr, who was on the bench, and Fin Robertson replaced the injured Lyall Cameron.

Dundee had more possession in a low key first half without creating enough danger to the Ross County goal. The only saves that Staggies keeper Ross Laidlaw had to make in the first half were routine stops from long range shots.

The Dee’s Trevor Carson had more serious work. He pushed away a low angled drive from Simon Murray and parried from James Brown’s header at a corner. They were respectable saves, but a keeper of Carson’s quality would have been embarrassed if he hadn’t made them.

Apart from those efforts County’s most dangerous moment was when Murray got clear on the left only to send his cross straight to Carson.

Dundee had many moments when they almost crafted a chance, but County always got the break of the ball and cleared on the few occasions when they didn’t slam the door shut.

The Dee looked more convincing when they played neat, quick passes in County’s half but frustratingly none of the moves delivered a clear chance. The Dark Blues mixed up their game with some long balls, but that brought no joy.

The best moment in the first half came following a corner that was cleared as far as Malachi Boateng. The midfielder hit a fine crossfield pass, giving Fin Robertson space to send in a cross that ricocheted through the goalmouth without anyone getting a decisive touch.

A scrappy game didn’t improve much after the interval. Two minutes after the restart the County defence opened up, allowing Zak Rudden to send Robertson in at an angle, but the shot lacked the power to trouble Laidlaw.

The Staggies went through a decent spell in which they threatened to do something without ever quite delivering. Midway through the half they did get the ball into the Dee net and we had to endure an agonising wait for a VAR review which ended happily for the Dark Blues.

Yan Dhanda crossed from the left and Carson fumbled, allowing James Brown to bundle the ball over the line. The assistant referee’s flag was up and we all had to wait while the VAR team reviewed the decision. Offside is a matter of fact and Brown was clearly onside. However, Jordan White was equally clearly offside and he had attacked the cross and missed. Was he interfering with play, causing Carson to make the mistake? That was a question for the referee to decide so the VAR team passed it back to Colin Steven. The referee trotted over to the screen and finally confirmed the original offside decision. It would have been a good opportunity to fetch a pie. There was plenty of time.

Dundee almost nicked a cheeky goal straight from the restart, but Laidlaw turned Amadou Bakayoko’s shot into the side netting.

The Dark Blues perked up in the last 20 minutes, plus seven minutes of added time, without ever being as fluent as we would have hoped. Dundee were guilty of giving the ball away too often and failing to deliver enough good balls into the box when they did get into worthwhile positions. Exactly the same criticism could be made of the Staggies.

Diego Pineda replaced Zak Rudden and gave a very lively contribution. He made some good runs which invited passes from midfield. Twice he took passes from Boateng and forced saves from Laidlaw. He also dragged a shot across goal from a tight angle. Charlie Reilly came off the bench towards the end of normal time and in the last added minute his low shot was saved by Laidlaw with the rebound evading Pineda.

Goalless draws can be entertaining and exciting affairs, as we saw at Easter Road in the Dee’s last outing, but this match wasn’t up to that standard. Neither club had played for 24 days and neither was able to click into top gear and find their best form. A draw was a fair result. The Dark Blues were short of their best but at least they kept a clean sheet and took a point from the game.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 24th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Trevor Carson (GK)35 7 - 7 -
Owen Beck21 11 - 11 -
Ricki Lamie30 5151
Jordan McGhee27 9 - 13811
Antonio Portales27 5 - 5 -
Joe Shaughnessy30 12 - 12 -
Malachi Boateng21 12 - 12 -
Finlay Robertson20 9 - 613
Amadou Bakayoko27 9191
Luke McCowan25 1118716
Zak Rudden23 724711
Charlie Reilly (sub)21 2 - 2 -
Ryan Howley (sub)19 4 - 4 -
Diego Pineda (sub)28 4141

League Table (as at October 24th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.