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Ross County 0-1 Dundee United

Dundee United's Pavol Safranko gives his shirt to a fan at full time
Dundee United's Pavol Safranko gives his shirt to a fan at full time

Dundee United closed the gap on second-placed Ross county in the Championship with a hard fought win in Dingwall.

United were looking for revenge after being humiliated 5-1 when the sides last met at Tannadice.

And Paul Watson managed to get on the end of a Fraser Aird free-kick to knock United ahead.

County defender Liam Fontaine was stretchered off, and without him the hosts rallied but could not find an equaliser.

Robbie Neilson's side are now just one point behind the Highlanders.

What the managers said

Ross County's Stuart Kettlewell: "We definitely didn't deserve to lose the game, I think everybody here will know that. Our players gave it everything that they had today but it wasn't to be.

"They came here and they got the points and we have to take that on the chin. We have to dust ourselves down, try not to get too wound up about it and be ready to go again next week."

Dundee United's Robbie Neilson: "It was a top of the table game so they are always difficult, always tight, always decided on small moments and small details. Thankfully, our players stood up to the plate, defended extremely well when we had to, but also had the quality to finish the game.

"You can see there is a togetherness between the players, the club and the fans, everyone together and you need that to win titles."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Watson
  • 4FontaineSubstituted forGrahamat 68'minutes
  • 3KellyBooked at 39mins
  • 14MullinBooked at 36mins
  • 8Lindsay
  • 11Vigurs
  • 6Draper
  • 17Keillor-DunnSubstituted forMcManusat 56'minutes
  • 9Mckay

Substitutes

  • 10McManus
  • 12Demetriou
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 22Dingwall
  • 26Cowie
  • 27Stewart

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44WatsonSubstituted forRobsonat 85'minutes
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 24Edjenguele
  • 2MurdochBooked at 90mins
  • 33Aird
  • 12Stanton
  • 8FyvieBooked at 60minsSubstituted forRabitschat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11KingSubstituted forClarkat 72'minutes
  • 7McMullanBooked at 21mins
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 5Barton
  • 9Curran
  • 10Clark
  • 16Smith
  • 17Robson
  • 20Rabitsch
  • 34Rakovan
Referee:
Alan Newlands
Attendance:
4,565

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 0, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Dundee United 1.

Iain Vigurs (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Christoph Rabitsch (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Christoph Rabitsch (Dundee United).

Booking

Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Sean Kelly (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Benjamin Siegrist (Dundee United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Jamie Robson replaces Paul Watson.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by William Edjenguele.

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Keith Watson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul Watson (Dundee United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Nicky Clark replaces Billy King.

Foul by Ross Draper (Ross County).

Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Liam Fontaine because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Fontaine (Ross County) because of an injury.

Foul by Ross Draper (Ross County).

Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Christoph Rabitsch replaces Fraser Fyvie because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Billy King (Dundee United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Billy McKay (Ross County).

Fraser Aird (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stewart Murdoch.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by William Edjenguele.

Booking

Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Iain Vigurs (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stewart Murdoch.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr1392225121329
2Ross County137422491525
3Dundee Utd137332016424
4Inverness CT134901610621
5Morton135441821-319
6Queen of Sth134542115617
7Dunfermline134361219-715
8Alloa13256917-811
9Partick Thistle1330101124-139
10Falkirk132110720-137
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