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Ross County 0-1 Dundee United

By Andrew ThomsonBBC Scotland at the Global Energy Stadium
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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 0, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Christoph Rabitsch (Dundee United).

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Jamie Robson replaces Paul Watson.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by William Edjenguele.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Keith Watson.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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