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Ross County 2-1 Dundee

Liam Boyce scored the winner from the penalty spot as Ross County edged out Dundee in Dingwall.

County took an early lead when Tim Chow turned home Liam Boyce's cross before Darren O'Dea levelled from the penalty spot.

Jim O'Brien was sent off for a second booking before Boyce slotted home from the penalty spot to put County back in front.

Danny Williams saw red for Dundee late on as County sealed the points.

Home at last

It was the perfect start from the home side and a perfect finish for manager Jim McIntyre.

This win cannot be underestimated. Just their second league victory of 2017, which significantly eases fears of a relegation battle.

After a good start, Chow slotted home after fantastic work by Boyce. He gathered in a deep position, sparked a break and burst forward to lay on for Chow to slam home.

Boyce was extremely unlucky moments after County conceded when he watched Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain produce a magnificent save to divert the ball off the bar and away.

He wasn't to be denied as County, up against it following O'Brien's second booking for a dive in the box, were rewarded for pressing on.

Michael Gardyne was clearly caught as he danced into the area and Boyce was cool as ever, slotting the ball up the middle to earn a crucial win.

County showed real character to deliver, down to 10-men, with the pressure very much on.

Kick in the teeth

Darren O'Dea
Darren O'Dea equalises from the penalty spot

This is a fifth defeat in a row for Dundee, but they will feel hard done-by after a spirited display.

They responded strongly to falling behind with O'Dea and Mark O'Hara going close and showed character after the recent thumping by Aberdeen.

O'Dea took responsibility when the chance arose after Henrik Ojaama was upended in the box and slammed home the resultant penalty.

They held off a determined County in the second half and looked on course to maintain a two-point lead in the table over their hosts and a five-point advantage over bottom-placed Inverness until the dying embers of the match.

It all went horribly wrong with the concession of that late spot kick.

It got even worse when they claimed for another penalty, a melee ensued and Williams was ordered off for his second yellow.

Manager Paul Hartley will see positives, but the reality is their situation is becoming more concerning with every passing game.

Post-match reaction

Tim Chow
Tim Chow celebrates after opening the scoring

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre: "It was a nervous affair. I think in the end we deserved it.

"We know that we have got character in that dressing-room.

"It's been a disappointing campaign for us, we can't hide from that.

"We've not won enough games at home. There's been several of those games that we should have, but people don't want to hear that.

"I know I've got a group of players who care, who try to do the right things and you saw that tonight."

Dundee assistant manager Gerry McCabe: "We can't fault the players for their commitment tonight, but so disappointing to lose the goal in the dying seconds of the game.

"It was a positive response. The boys are so disappointed.

"We'd have accepted a point and I'm sure Jim McIntyre would have been the same.

"When they went down to 10 men, it opened up a wee bit for us and maybe an opportunity to go and win the game.

"Seven games to go, seven cup finals for us. We've spoken to the players about this.

"They know the situation. It's all about the results, not the performances now."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 3Naismith
  • 15DaviesBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMcEveleyat 34'minutesSubstituted forTumilityat 79'minutes
  • 2Fraser
  • 28van der Weg
  • 7Gardyne
  • 8WoodsSubstituted forRoutisat 26'minutes
  • 12Chow
  • 6O'BrienBooked at 81mins
  • 10Boyce
  • 11CurranBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Routis
  • 5McEveley
  • 9Dow
  • 23Schalk
  • 27Lalkovic
  • 31McCarey
  • 52Tumility

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 30Kerr
  • 55Gomis
  • 6O'DeaBooked at 27mins
  • 3Holt
  • 14O'HaraBooked at 90mins
  • 4Vincent
  • 18McGowan
  • 11WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 21Haber
  • 22OjamaaSubstituted forWightonat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hateley
  • 12Mitchell
  • 17Ross
  • 23Klok
  • 33Wighton
  • 45Higgins
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,819

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 2, Dundee 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Dundee 1.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Danny Williams (Dundee).

Booking

Craig Curran (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Mark O'Hara (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Mark O'Hara (Dundee) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Dundee 1. Liam Boyce (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Ross County. Michael Gardyne draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Cameron Kerr (Dundee) after a foul in the penalty area.

Tim Chow (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Wighton (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Kevin Holt (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jim O'Brien (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Reghan Tumility replaces Jay McEveley because of an injury.

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Wighton (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

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

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Henrik Ojamaa.

Foul by Christopher Routis (Ross County).

Mark O'Hara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Jim O'Brien (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Ross County).

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

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Kenny van der Weg.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Booking

Danny Williams (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jim O'Brien (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Williams (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Jim O'Brien (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 1, Dundee 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ross County 1, Dundee 1.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Scott Fox.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic30282081186386
2Aberdeen31204761243764
3Rangers3014974334951
4St Johnstone30127113938143
5Hearts30118115042841
6Partick Thistle30910113335-237
7Kilmarnock30712112946-1733
8Ross County31710143451-1731
9Dundee3186173350-1730
10Motherwell3077163458-2428
11Hamilton30512132747-2027
12Inverness CT31413143455-2125
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