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Ross County 1-2 Aberdeen

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Highlights - Ross County 1-2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen recovered from a nightmare start to come from behind and beat Ross County in Dingwall.

County made a blistering start and Craig Curran headed Christopher Routis' free-kick past goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Curran headed over minutes later, and as Aberdeen improved Mark Reynolds volleyed them level.

The Dons were relentless in their pursuit of a second goal and Shay Logan headed them ahead, but Jim O'Brien hit the bar as County finished strongly.

All eyes were on Aberdeen debutant Stevie May, with Ross Draper also beginning in the Ross County side after completing his move from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

However, the route to three points came from the unlikely source of two defenders for Derek McInnes' side.

What is perhaps most impressive about the Pittodrie side is the quality and depth they now possess.

Ryan Christie, Nicky Maynard and Adam Rooney all started on the bench.

County looked very impressive in the opening stages and were rewarded immediately, taking the lead within 80 seconds.

Routis floated in a wonderful free-kick from the left which Curran expertly glanced into the corner.

Craig Curran (11) celebrates after giving Ross County an 80-second lead
Craig Curran (11) celebrates after giving Ross County an 80-second lead

Curran went close again with another header but they relinquished control and were eventually punished.

Their equaliser was a stunning volley from centre-half Reynolds who positioned himself on the edge of the box before dispatching a clearance home in style.

They dominated much of the second half with Greg Stewart, Greg Tansey and May all going close before they inevitably went ahead.

Gary MacKay-Steven got to the byeline and dinked a cross to the back post, where Logan arrived to nod home from a couple of yards.

Logan has now scored 14 goals for the Dons, six of them coming against Ross County.

The visitors did get a late break before seeing out the win, though, when County's O'Brien cracked a fierce long-range drive off the bar.

A total of three points from a difficult opening two games is a decent return for Ross County, but manager Jim McIntyre must have hoped more were coming after their opening here.

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May pleased with 'good start' with Dons

Post-match reaction

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre: "The first 15 minutes I was really pleased, we really got at Aberdeen. But after that we were guilty of gifting the ball away.

"In the second half we were flagging, maybe the extra-time in midweek had an effect, but it's no excuse, we're a fit team.

"Aberdeen are a top side. You need to defend well when you come up against good teams and I felt we did that. In the main the boys gave it everything they had, they just didn't have the bit of extra quality."

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Manager interviews - McIntyre & McInnes

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "If you're going to lose a goal, lose it in the first minute. It was a gift.

"The onus was on us to grab the game. We started to get our game going. Second half, I thought we took charge of the game. Our willingness and determination to make the game go our way was evident in the winning goal.

"I thought Stevie May, other than scoring, had a fantastic debut. He was a constant threat, he dropped off, looked after the ball, played on the shoulder. He never gives centre halves a minute."

Aberdeen striker Stevie May: "It was a tough start for us, we should have started much better but we got the job done.

"We've got four players in attacking positions there that can play every single place, intertwining. It's only going to get better.

"I don't think competition is ever bad, especially in the numbers we've got and quality we've got in the squad. It speaks volumes for the club and ambition of the club. It's always healthy.

"It's a good start from my point of view."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 3Naismith
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Davies
  • 28van der Weg
  • 7Gardyne
  • 17DraperSubstituted forKeillor-Dunnat 73'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 4RoutisBooked at 39minsSubstituted forO'Brienat 45'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 18Lindsay
  • 10SchalkSubstituted forMikkelsenat 56'minutes
  • 11Curran

Substitutes

  • 9Dow
  • 19Mikkelsen
  • 25O'Brien
  • 31McCarey
  • 40Keillor-Dunn
  • 42Tumilty
  • 45Malcolm

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 6Reynolds
  • 5O'Connor
  • 4Considine
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 72mins
  • 16Tansey
  • 8StewartSubstituted forWrightat 78'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forChristieat 77'minutes
  • 83MaySubstituted forMaynardat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Rooney
  • 10Maynard
  • 14Arnason
  • 15Wright
  • 17Stockley
  • 20Rogers
  • 22Christie
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,965

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home21
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Aberdeen 2.

Attempt missed. Scott Wright (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Jim O'Brien (Ross County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

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

Scott Wright (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Maynard replaces Stevie May.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Aberdeen).

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Wright (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Attempt saved. Jim O'Brien (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Wright replaces Greg Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Christie replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Thomas Mikkelsen (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Davis Keillor-Dunn replaces Ross Draper.

Booking

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Aberdeen 2. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Mackay-Steven.

Attempt saved. Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Scott Fox (Ross County) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Greg Stewart (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Craig Curran (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jim O'Brien (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Aberdeen).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

goal

As It Stood

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1St Johnstone22006246
2Celtic22005146
3Hibernian22006336
4Aberdeen22004136
5Hamilton21013213
6Rangers21014403
7Ross County21013303
8Hearts210124-23
9Kilmarnock200213-20
10Partick Thistle200214-30
11Motherwell200226-40
12Dundee200215-40
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