Goals from Nadir Ciftci and Chris Erskine gave Dundee United victory over pointless Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.

Ciftci headed the Tangerines in front from Paul Paton's free-kick.

However, Jake Jervis stabbed home to bring County level after the half-time interval.

Both sides created chances to win the match but it was United who got the three points with Chris Erskine's powerful late strike.

The win takes Jackie McNamara's side up to third in the table, trailing leaders Inverness by a point and behind Hamilton Academical on goal difference. County are bottom without a point.

United had better possession in the half and took the lead through Ciftci but it was a 45 minutes littered with stoppages for fouls and four bookings, making for a very disjointed affair and scrappy play.

County blasted back into the game not long after the restart with a move started by Graham Carey's pass to Cardle.

Jake Jervis scores for Ross County against Dundee United

Jervis levelled for County early in the second half

The winger's teasing cross was missed by Arquin on the jump, but not by Jervis as he steered a neat shot past Radoslaw Cierznak from six yards.

And the visitors should have gone ahead on the hour when Arquin had a free header but nodded wide with only the keeper to beat from six yards.

The home side almost restored their lead when Mario Bilate crossed from the right for John Rankin but the midfielder's stretch to connect eight yards out just failed to find the ball.

Ciftci headed across goal only for Reguero to cut out the danger and the striker then blasted wide when Bilate was in the clear and better placed for the pass.

And to crown an unlucky few moments, Ciftci headed downwards and watched his effort bounce over the bar.

Jervis then missed a terrific opportunity for County, blasting a volley over from the edge of the six-yard box.

Reguero saved in quick succession to deny Ryan Dow and Rankin but was eventually beaten by substitute Erskine's stunning winner.

The Spaniard beat out a corner but it fell to Erskine, who thrashed a first-time strike high into the net from 14 yards.

Dundee United players celebrating

Erskine (centre) won it for the Tangerines

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 12 Watson (Erskine - 79' )
  • 03 Townsend
  • 06 Paton
  • 05 Fojut
  • 14 Morris Booked
  • 18 Dow
  • 08 Rankin
  • 19 Bilate (Graham - 86' )
  • 07 Ciftci Booked
  • 11 Mackay-Steven (Telfer - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Graham
  • 13 McCallum
  • 17 Erskine
  • 21 Telfer
  • 22 Connolly
  • 23 Smith
  • 24 Spittal

Ross County

  • 01 Reguero
  • 20 Balk
  • 03 Celcer
  • 08 Brittain (Boyce - 91' )
  • 05 Boyd
  • 19 Fenlon Booked
  • 09 Jervis (Maatsen - 84' )
  • 10 Kiss Booked
  • 15 Arquin
  • 07 Cardle (Quinn - 79' )
  • 23 Carey

Substitutes

  • 04 Quinn
  • 11 De Leeuw
  • 14 Maatsen
  • 16 Boyce
  • 17 Ross
  • 18 Frempah
  • 21 Brown
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 7,179

Match Stats

Shots

18 11

On target

9 3

Corners

8 2

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dundee United 2, Ross County 1.

90:00 +3:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Ross County 1.

90:00 +1:51

Foul by Chris Erskine (Dundee United).

90:00 +1:51

Yoann Arquin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:01

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:01

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

90:00 +0:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Liam Boyce replaces Richard Brittain.

89:15

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

88:49

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

88:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

85:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 2, Ross County 1. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

85:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Brian Graham replaces Mario Bilate.

84:49

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

84:34

Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

83:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Darren Maatsen replaces Jake Jervis.

81:56

Attempt missed. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

81:12

Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:12

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

80:31

Foul by Chris Erskine (Dundee United).

80:31

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:12

Attempt saved. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Joe Cardle.

78:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Chris Erskine replaces Keith Watson.

77:27

Attempt missed. Jake Jervis (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

76:10

Attempt saved. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

74:02

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

73:45

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordi Balk.

72:34

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

66:50

Attempt missed. Jim Fenlon (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

65:06

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Paton.

64:15

Foul by Mario Bilate (Dundee United).

64:15

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:14

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by John Rankin.

60:16

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

59:14

Attempt missed. Mario Bilate (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

58:32

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

58:32

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:09

Joe Cardle (Ross County) has gone down, but that's a dive.

57:33

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

57:33

Yoann Arquin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:35

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

52:39

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:39

Foul by Uros Celcer (Ross County).

52:19

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

50:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 1, Ross County 1. Jake Jervis (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Graham Carey.

48:32

Attempt missed. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:07

Foul by Conor Townsend (Dundee United).

48:07

Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:47

Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Dundee United 1, Ross County 0.

45:00 +0:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dundee United 1, Ross County 0.

44:19

Attempt missed. Keith Watson (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

41:46 Booking

Booking Jim Fenlon (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

41:36

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:36

Foul by Jim Fenlon (Ross County).

41:12

Mario Bilate (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:12

Foul by Jordi Balk (Ross County).

41:00

Jim Fenlon (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:55

Foul by Mario Bilate (Dundee United).

39:57

Attempt missed. Callum Morris (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

39:21

Conor Townsend (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:21

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

37:21 Booking

Booking Callum Morris (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

37:16

Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

37:16

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:12

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:12

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

35:07

Attempt blocked. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:00

Callum Morris (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:56

Foul by Joe Cardle (Ross County).

28:12

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

22:27

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Antonio Reguero.

22:12

Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

21:29

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:29

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

20:36

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

20:36

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 1, Ross County 0. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Paton with a cross.

18:05

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:05

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

17:48

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:48

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

17:15

Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

16:50 Booking

Booking Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

16:31

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:31

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

15:22

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

14:50

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

14:50

Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:30

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:30

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

11:51

Attempt saved. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

10:49

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

10:09

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:00 Booking

Booking Filip Kiss (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

9:59

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

8:36

Attempt missed. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

8:20

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

8:20

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:43

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

7:43

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:11

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Antonio Reguero.

5:56

Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

5:30

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

3:45

Foul by Jake Jervis (Ross County).

3:45

Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:29

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

2:01

Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:01

Foul by Callum Morris (Dundee United).

0:25

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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