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Ross County 2-0 Greenock Morton: Hosts eight points clear in title race

Ross County's Brian Graham scores to make it 2-0
Ross County's Brian Graham scores to make it 2-0

Ross County took a significant step towards the Scottish Championship title after moving eight points clear with a win over Morton.

The Dingwall side also have a game in hand over nearest challengers Dundee United, who lost at Partick Thistle.

Josh Mullin broke the deadlock with a right-footed effort from 12 yards.

Michael Tidser had a chance for the visitors, but Brian Graham made the points safe for County when he finished from close range.

Ross County co-manger Stuart Kettlewell: "It wasn't a great game to watch but I believe we deserved to win the game.

"We have been conceding a lot of goals as well as scoring them of late so it was nice to get a clean sheet."

Morton manager Jonatan Johansson: "I think the game was lost because of the way we defended - especially the first goal which was really, really poor and that gave Ross County a lift.

"Up until the goal I was very happy with the game except for not enough shots on target."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2FraserBooked at 75mins
  • 15Watson
  • 44Grivosti
  • 28van der Weg
  • 14Mullin
  • 8Lindsay
  • 16SpenceBooked at 72minsSubstituted forPatonat 86'minutes
  • 7GardyneBooked at 38minsSubstituted forArmstrongat 83'minutes
  • 10McManusSubstituted forCowieat 77'minutes
  • 19Graham

Substitutes

  • 12Boyle
  • 18Semple
  • 21Munro
  • 24Paton
  • 26Cowie
  • 31Armstrong
  • 43Wallace

Morton

  • 23McCrorie
  • 5Waddell
  • 4Buchanan
  • 2Kilday
  • 14Tumilty
  • 32LyonSubstituted forTelferat 76'minutes
  • 7Millar
  • 12TidserSubstituted forDallasat 61'minutes
  • 3Iredale
  • 20Kiltie
  • 10Thomson

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Telfer
  • 8McAlister
  • 15Dykes
  • 17O'Connell
  • 18Oliver
  • 44Dallas
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
3,110

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away2
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 2, Morton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Morton 0.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Kerr Waddell.

Harrison Paton (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Harrison Paton replaces Lewis Spence.

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Morton).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Kerr Waddell.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Daniel Armstrong replaces Michael Gardyne.

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

Foul by Kerr Waddell (Morton).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Morton 0. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Don Cowie.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Don Cowie replaces Declan McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Charlie Telfer replaces Reece Lyon.

Booking

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

Greg Kiltie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Lewis Spence (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Spence (Ross County).

Greg Kiltie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Keith Watson.

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

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

Foul by Kerr Waddell (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Andrew Dallas replaces Michael Tidser because of an injury.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Morton 0. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Gardyne.

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

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

Reghan Tumilty (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Reghan Tumilty (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Tom Grivosti (Ross County).

Robert Thomson (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Lee Kilday.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 0, Morton 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ross County 0, Morton 0.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County26166448252354
2Dundee Utd2713773734346
3Ayr27127842281443
4Dunfermline28117103030040
5Inverness CT2791263630639
6Morton28810102736-934
7Queen of Sth2879123535030
8Falkirk2778122937-829
9Partick Thistle2784152944-1528
10Alloa2768132741-1426
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