Scottish Premiership
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Dundee United 2-1 Ross County

By Jim SpenceBBC Scotland at Tannadice

Goals from Nadir Ciftci and Chris Erskine gave Dundee United victory over pointless Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.

Ciftci headed the Tangerines in front from Paul Paton's free-kick.

However, Jake Jervis stabbed home to bring County level after the half-time interval.

Both sides created chances to win the match but it was United who got the three points with Chris Erskine's powerful late strike.

The win takes Jackie McNamara's side up to third in the table, trailing leaders Inverness by a point and behind Hamilton Academical on goal difference. County are bottom without a point.

United had better possession in the half and took the lead through Ciftci but it was a 45 minutes littered with stoppages for fouls and four bookings, making for a very disjointed affair and scrappy play.

County blasted back into the game not long after the restart with a move started by Graham Carey's pass to Cardle.

Jake Jervis scores for Ross County against Dundee United
Jervis levelled for County early in the second half

The winger's teasing cross was missed by Arquin on the jump, but not by Jervis as he steered a neat shot past Radoslaw Cierznak from six yards.

And the visitors should have gone ahead on the hour when Arquin had a free header but nodded wide with only the keeper to beat from six yards.

The home side almost restored their lead when Mario Bilate crossed from the right for John Rankin but the midfielder's stretch to connect eight yards out just failed to find the ball.

Ciftci headed across goal only for Reguero to cut out the danger and the striker then blasted wide when Bilate was in the clear and better placed for the pass.

And to crown an unlucky few moments, Ciftci headed downwards and watched his effort bounce over the bar.

Jervis then missed a terrific opportunity for County, blasting a volley over from the edge of the six-yard box.

Reguero saved in quick succession to deny Ryan Dow and Rankin but was eventually beaten by substitute Erskine's stunning winner.

The Spaniard beat out a corner but it fell to Erskine, who thrashed a first-time strike high into the net from 14 yards.

Dundee United players celebrating
Erskine (centre) won it for the Tangerines

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 12WatsonSubstituted forErskineat 79'minutes
  • 3Townsend
  • 6Paton
  • 5Fojut
  • 14MorrisBooked at 38mins
  • 18Dow
  • 8Rankin
  • 19BilateSubstituted forGrahamat 86'minutes
  • 7CiftciBooked at 17mins
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forTelferat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Graham
  • 13McCallum
  • 17Erskine
  • 21Telfer
  • 22Connolly
  • 23Smith
  • 24Spittal

Ross County

  • 1Reguero
  • 20Balk
  • 3Celcer
  • 8BrittainSubstituted forBoyceat 90+1'minutes
  • 5Boyd
  • 19FenlonBooked at 42mins
  • 9JervisSubstituted forMaatsenat 84'minutes
  • 10KissBooked at 10mins
  • 15Arquin
  • 7CardleSubstituted forQuinnat 79'minutes
  • 23Carey

Substitutes

  • 4Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Boyce
  • 17Ross
  • 18Frempah
  • 21Brown
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
7,179

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 2, Ross County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Ross County 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Chris Erskine (Dundee United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Liam Boyce replaces Richard Brittain.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 2, Ross County 1. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Brian Graham replaces Mario Bilate.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Darren Maatsen replaces Jake Jervis.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Chris Erskine (Dundee United).

  20. Post update

    Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.