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Dundee 1-2 Ross County

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Dens Park

Ross County opened their Scottish Premiership campaign with victory away to Dundee.

Jamie Lindsay volleyed County ahead after a positive start from the Highlanders.

And, after Dundee lost striker Sofien Moussa to injury, Christopher Routis headed the visitors' second.

Jack Hendry nodded home from Scott Allan's corner to reduce Dundee's deficit but it proved only to be consolation.

County were without an opening-day victory since 2010 but Jim McIntyre's side looked determined to set that record straight from the opening whistle.

Playing an offensive formation with the width of Michael Gardyne and Ryan Dow supporting Alex Schalk, the visitors put the Dundee defence under the cosh early on.

Sofien Moussa lies on the ground after suffering injury against Ross County
Dundee striker Moussa was forced to miss most of the second half

The opening goal was well worked with Andrew Davies knocking the ball down for Lindsay to strike low beyond Scott Bain.

The lead should have been doubled on the stroke of half-time but a lack of composure by Routis with the goal gaping allowed the Dundee defence to clear.

With six new players in their starting XI, Dundee's play was laboured. Randy Wolters, Roarie Deacon and Moussa were unable to find their stride and Allan was snuffed out of the game until late on.

Number two for the visitors will again give cause for concern for Dundee fans. A corner was floated in from the right and Routis - all alone six yards out - had a simple task in knocking the ball into the bottom corner.

Manager reaction - McCann & McIntyre

Dundee have been fairly impressive in the League Cup, with much expected from the strike force of Moussa and Deacon. However, apart from a couple of snap shots from Mark O'Hara and Deacon, there was little for Scott Fox to worry about in the Staggies goal in the first half.

The introduction of Moussa's replacement Faissal El Bakhtauoi and Paul McGowan, who came on for Wolters, gave the home side enough of a spark to get them back into the game.

And it was another substitute, Hendry, who gave the home fans hope. His header lifted the Dens Park faithful but despite piling on late pressure there was to be no equaliser.

Darren O'Dea came closest, but his left-foot shot drifted just over the crossbar.

Post-match reaction

Dundee manager Neil McCann: "I felt we started okay and looked a threat and the latter part we did well.

"The bit in between was not good enough and Ross County dominated us in the middle of the pitch, which is disappointing as we have two combative players in there.

"We looked hesitant going forward and I'm also disappointed with losing two goals from set pieces.

"Overall, I am disappointed with the start of the campaign and will be looking for a reaction come Wednesday."

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre: "I thought first half we were excellent and should have hit the net at least once more.

"It was nervous close to the end and it was like the Alamo.

"But the boys dug in and threw their bodies on the line.

"We spoke about getting more goals from the middle of the park and two guys from the middle scored today."

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bain
  • 2Kerr
  • 34WaddellSubstituted forHendryat 45'minutes
  • 6O'Dea
  • 3HoltBooked at 78mins
  • 8Kamara
  • 10Allan
  • 21Deacon
  • 23WoltersSubstituted forMcGowanat 67'minutes
  • 14O'Hara
  • 9MoussaSubstituted forEl Bakhtaouiat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vincent
  • 11Williams
  • 12Parish
  • 18McGowan
  • 20El Bakhtaoui
  • 22Hendry
  • 28Spence

Ross County

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 6Kelly
  • 15Davies
  • 3Naismith
  • 7GardyneBooked at 71minsSubstituted forTumiltyat 82'minutes
  • 4RoutisSubstituted forvan der Wegat 73'minutes
  • 18Lindsay
  • 8ChowBooked at 29mins
  • 9Dow
  • 10SchalkSubstituted forMikkelsenat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Mikkelsen
  • 28van der Weg
  • 31McCarey
  • 40Keillor-Dunn
  • 42Tumilty
  • 44Dingwall
  • 45Malcolm
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
5,032

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home15
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Ross County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Ross County 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Scott Fox.

  4. Post update

    Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Reghan Tumilty (Ross County).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Reghan Tumilty.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roarie Deacon (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  11. Post update

    Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Holt (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren O'Dea (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee 1, Ross County 2. Jack Hendry (Dundee) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Allan with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kenny van der Weg.

  17. Post update

    Roarie Deacon (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sean Kelly (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Roarie Deacon (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sean Kelly (Ross County).

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