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Ross County beat bottom side Falkirk 2-0 to go top of Championship

By Eilidh DaviesBBC Sport Scotland at Victoria Park
Jamie Lindsay
Jamie Lindsay scored Ross County's opener

Ross County returned to the top of the Scottish Championship table as new Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon watched the Bairns slump to a fourth defeat.

McKinnon left Morton on Friday to replace Paul Hartley and the bottom side almost went in front when Dimitris Froxylias forced a save from Scott Fox.

Jamie Lindsay netted from close range midway through the second half to put County in front.

And fellow substitute Declan McManus struck from six yards to seal victory.

The hosts had earlier threatened with Ross Draper's header and Michael Gardyne, Iain Vigurs and Sean Mullin also going close and Brian Graham had a late goal ruled out for offside.

McKinnon had said before the match he would be "a bystander", with Gordon Young setting up the first team after being in interim charge this week. McKinnon's first real test as Falkirk boss will be next week's Challenge Cup meeting at home to Connah's Quay Nomads.

Manager reaction

Ross County co-manger Stuart Kettlewell: "For us it was come home after a month and put on a good performance. It was a difficult scenario.

"It was hard for Falkirk with the upheaval during the week and even in the last 24 hours the different information that's come out. It's a hard one for us to prepare for knowing how they are going to play and set up personnel-wise and sometimes there's a bounce from a team that loses their manager and I thought Falkirk were really well organised.

"All credit to our players I thought we probed throughout the 90 minutes. We were on top for a large majority, created a lot of chances and it was everything we asked for and we have the added bonus of a clean sheet, which can be massive over the course of the season and that builds real confidence for the centre-backs and the goalkeeper as well."

Falkirk interim manager Gordon Young: "The effort and approach was there. They showed a bit of heart.

"They are a decent group of players. They need a wee rub of the green but I can't fault their effort. Their attitude in training is first class. I hope they will get some success."

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fox
  • 4Fontaine
  • 5MorrisBooked at 39mins
  • 15Watson
  • 7Gardyne
  • 26Cowie
  • 6DraperSubstituted forLindsayat 67'minutes
  • 11VigursBooked at 90mins
  • 14Mullin
  • 9MckaySubstituted forMcManusat 62'minutes
  • 19GrahamSubstituted forStewartat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lindsay
  • 10McManus
  • 12Demetriou
  • 17Keillor-Dunn
  • 21Munro
  • 22Dingwall
  • 27Stewart

Falkirk

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Fasan
  • 2KiddBooked at 73mins
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 40mins
  • 5Dallison-Lisbon
  • 15HarrisonBooked at 89mins
  • 18BroughSubstituted forRobsonat 65'minutes
  • 8Sammut
  • 11FroxyliasSubstituted forIrvingat 62'minutes
  • 26Russell
  • 24HaberSubstituted forMackinat 76'minutes
  • 9Lewis

Substitutes

  • 7Petravicius
  • 10Owen-Evans
  • 14Robson
  • 21Mackin
  • 23Greenwood
  • 25Irving
  • 31Mutch
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
3,564

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 2, Falkirk 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Falkirk 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Scott Fox.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Dallison (Falkirk) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Booking

    Iain Vigurs (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

  7. Post update

    Lewis Kidd (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Ross Stewart replaces Brian Graham.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 2, Falkirk 0. Declan McManus (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brian Graham.

  10. Booking

    Scott Harrison (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Don Cowie (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Scott Harrison (Falkirk).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

  14. Post update

    Scott Harrison (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

  16. Post update

    Andrew Irving (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Harrison (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.

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