Scottish Premiership
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Scottish Premiership: Dundee United 1-0 Ross County

Dundee United celebrate Billy Mckay's winning penalty
Billy Mckay (left) scored the winner

A Billy Mckay penalty nine minutes from time gave Dundee United their first league win since early August and first under new manager Mixu Paatelainen.

Scott Fraser went down just inside the box after a challenge by Martin Woods and the former Inverness striker made no mistake from the spot.

The home side finished with 10 men with Aiden Connolly sent off late on for a challenge on Michael Gardyne.

But they held on to move to within two points of Partick Thistle.

With his team in danger of becoming detached at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, Paatelainen made three changes to the starting line-up, with Polish goalkeeper Michal Szromnik replacing Luis Zwick between the sticks, Adam Taggart started up front and Blair Spittal was back in midfield after suspension.

County were forced into a late change, with Richard Foster coming in at left-back after Jamie Reckord picked up an injury in the warm-up.

Paatelainen had been extremely critical of his team last weekend after the heavy defeat at Celtic Park, but his troops looked ready for battle early on.

They had claims for a penalty turned down when the ball appeared to strike the arm of Foster, but referee Don Robertson waved play on.

Gary Woods made a magnificent one-handed save when a header from team-mate Foster was destined for the top corner only for the County goalkeeper to somehow claw the ball away.

As half-time approached, it was Szromnik's turn to keep his goal intact.

Ross County's Andrew Davies on a stretcher
Ross County defender Andrew Davies was stretchered off after a clash of heads

Tony Dingwall fired in a long-range effort that was moving one way then the other, but the United goalkeeper twisted his body to turn the ball over the crossbar.

It was the home side who continued to push forward after the break.

Fraser fired the ball over when he connected with a deep cross at the back post.

Spittal was next to try his luck with a free-kick that drifted just wide of the right-hand post.

John Rankin fired a drive from 25 yards just wide of County's left-hand upright.

United finally made the breakthrough when Fraser was bundled down just inside the 18-yard box and Mckay sent goalkeeper Woods the wrong way.

The goal sprung County into action and Martin Woods came within inches of an equaliser with a long-range effort.

Then Liam Boyce forced Szromnik into a save with a header from close range.

In the final minute of six added on, United substitute Connolly was sent off after pulling down Gardyne as the forward drove towards goal.

From the resultant free-kick, Szromnik pulled off another save - this time from Alex Schalk - to prevent an equaliser.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 21Szromnik
  • 4Souttar
  • 12McGowanBooked at 65mins
  • 17Durnan
  • 2DillonBooked at 84mins
  • 20SpittalSubstituted forConnollyat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Rankin
  • 22Fraser
  • 25Kuhl
  • 29Taggart
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 15Murray
  • 16Telfer
  • 18Connolly
  • 28Donaldson
  • 30Bodul
  • 40Robson
  • 51Zwick

Ross County

  • 21Woods
  • 2Fraser
  • 6Robertson
  • 15DaviesSubstituted forBoydat 54'minutes
  • 12Foster
  • 7Gardyne
  • 36Irvine
  • 26Woods
  • 19DingwallSubstituted forMurdochat 60'minutes
  • 11CurranSubstituted forSchalkat 63'minutes
  • 10Boyce

Substitutes

  • 5Boyd
  • 8McShane
  • 9Graham
  • 17Franks
  • 18Murdoch
  • 23Schalk
  • 31Severn
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,549

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Ross County 0.

Full Time

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) for a bad foul.

Foul by Aidan Connolly (Dundee United).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Richard Foster (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

(Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

Booking

Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aidan Connolly (Dundee United).

Stewart Murdoch (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Liam Boyce (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Schalk (Ross County).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

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

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

Martin Woods (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Sean Dillon (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Martin Woods (Ross County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Aidan Connolly.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Ross County 0. Billy McKay (Dundee United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Dundee United. Scott Fraser draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Martin Woods (Ross County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Attempt missed. Stewart Murdoch (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Scott Boyd (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Aidan Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Alex Schalk replaces Craig Curran.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13102134102432
2Hearts1382324141026
3Aberdeen138141916325
4St Johnstone136252721620
5Ross County135351815318
6Hamilton135351818018
7Dundee134541922-317
8Kilmarnock134361422-815
9Inverness CT133551216-414
10Motherwell134271015-514
11Partick Thistle13247919-1010
12Dundee Utd132291026-168
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