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Dundee 0-0 Ross County: Stalemate leaves both sides in bottom three

James Brown celebrates before his strike is chalked off
James Brown celebrates before his strike is chalked off

Dundee and Ross County missed their chance to fly up the Scottish Premiership table as they played out a stalemate at Dens Park.

With the league tightly congested, a win would have moved either side to at least seventh, if not higher, but neither side could make the most of their opportunities.

James Brown thought he had given the visitors victory when he tapped home a Trevor Carson fumble but referee Colin Steven ruled an offside Jordan White to be interfering with play.

With a point each, Dundee remain 10th and County stay 11th – both four points clear of St Johnstone and three points off fourth place.

It’s been a long time since Dundee or Ross County last kicked a ball in anger – this was the first game in October for both sides.

The rust was plain to see in the first half. Too often, players panicked in dangerous areas and the only chance of note was a Brown header that Carson showed good reflexes to claw away.

Referee Steven was busier than either shot-stopper, dishing out six bookings for County and one for Dundee – and it was something of a miracle the match ended with 22 on the pitch as tackles flew in.

The big moment arrived late on when Brown bundled in from close range but White was offside and, after a long delay, the officials stuck with their initial decision.

As the game crept towards the death, the introduction of Diego Pineda signalled some intent from the hosts. He had a hat-trick of chances, none of which he could bury.

Player of the Match – Finlay Robertson (Dundee)

An opportunity for the young midfielder to impress, and he did. His final delivery needs work but he did his chances no harm.
An opportunity for the young midfielder to impress, and he did. His final delivery needs work but he did his chances no harm.

Plenty of bark, not so much bite – analysis

A night with 21 shots and no goals to show for it. Dundee dominated most of the stats – nine shots on target, more possession, more touches in the opposition box – but they couldn’t sufficiently test Ross Laidlaw.

Of course, it will encourage Tony Docherty that his side created so much – and how well his substitutes did – but these are the kind of nights they need to take maximum points from. That’s five draws from eight outings now.

Ross County, too, might feel aggrieved to return north with a mere point. However, the final ball was all too often chipped into the willing arms of Carson, instead of onto the head of White or Simon Murray.

Admittedly way too early for a six-pointer, but both sides lacked a clinical edge that they will need to find before the season is done – or else rely on St Johnstone’s poor form to continue.

What they said

Dundee manager Tony Docherty: “It did look like two teams that have not been playing competitive football for a while. I was pleased with how we started – on the front foot, our centre backs were stepping out, we were getting into good areas.

“But after 10 or 15 minutes, it became a game that didn’t suit us. It became a bit stodgy and that favoured the opposition. So the overriding feeling is disappointment, but the important thing to focus on is the unbeaten home run, and we kept a clean sheet.”

Ross County boss Malky Mackay: “I felt we had clearer chances. I’m looking at the goal again and again – Colin [Steven] has told me it’s subjective. He thought Jordan’s [White] movement towards the ball interfered with the goalie. They’re so far away from the goalkeeper. I’m amazed it’s not been given. I thought it was a poor decision.

“I think we can be better. Dundee have been getting plaudits and rightly so. So for us to come down and get a point, sometimes we have to be happy with that.”

What’s next?

Dundee visit Livingston on Saturday, while Ross County face a trip to Motherwell (both 15:00 BST).

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 5-3-2

  • 31Carson
  • 6McGheeSubstituted forHowleyat 78′minutes
  • 29Portales
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 12Lamie
  • 3Beck
  • 19RobertsonSubstituted forReillyat 89′minutes
  • 23Boateng
  • 17McCowan
  • 20RuddenBooked at 73minsSubstituted forPinedaat 78′minutes
  • 9Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 2Kerr
  • 11Pineda
  • 14Ashcroft
  • 18Reilly
  • 21Howley
  • 25Donnelly
  • 28Sylla
  • 32Lewis

Ross County

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 30Smith
  • 5BaldwinBooked at 17mins
  • 42Leak
  • 4BrownBooked at 52mins
  • 2Randall
  • 14LoturiBooked at 54minsSubstituted forAllardiceat 83′minutes
  • 3PurringtonSubstituted forHarmonat 76′minutes
  • 10DhandaSubstituted forBrophyat 76′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 26WhiteBooked at 57minsSubstituted forSamuelat 83′minutes
  • 15MurrayBooked at 38minsSubstituted forSimsat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Allardice
  • 7Turner
  • 11Sims
  • 12Sheaf
  • 16Harmon
  • 21Munro
  • 25Samuel
  • 27Brophy

Referee:
Colin Steven

Attendance:
4,887

Live Text

Player of the match

LaidlawRoss Laidlaw

Dundee

  1. Squad number17Player nameMcCowan

  2. Squad number12Player nameLamie

  3. Squad number5Player nameShaughnessy

  4. Squad number11Player namePineda

  5. Squad number29Player namePortales

  6. Squad number9Player nameBakayoko

  7. Squad number23Player nameBoateng

  8. Squad number19Player nameRobertson

  9. Squad number3Player nameBeck

  10. Squad number20Player nameRudden

  11. Squad number31Player nameCarson

  12. Squad number6Player nameMcGhee

  13. Squad number18Player nameReilly

  14. Squad number21Player nameHowley

Ross County

  1. Squad number1Player nameLaidlaw

  2. Squad number2Player nameRandall

  3. Squad number14Player nameLoturi

  4. Squad number10Player nameDhanda

  5. Squad number30Player nameSmith

  6. Squad number15Player nameMurray

  7. Squad number42Player nameLeak

  8. Squad number4Player nameBrown

  9. Squad number5Player nameBaldwin

  10. Squad number26Player nameWhite

  11. Squad number3Player namePurrington

  12. Squad number11Player nameSims

  13. Squad number27Player nameBrophy

  14. Squad number16Player nameHarmon

  15. Squad number25Player nameSamuel

  16. Squad number6Player nameAllardice




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