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County lose top spot after draw with Queens

Ross County lost top spot in the Championship after a 0-0 draw against Queen of the South
Ross County lost top spot in the Championship after a 0-0 draw against Queen of the South

Ross County were knocked off the top of the Scottish Championship table by Highland rivals Inverness after an uninspiring goalless draw away to Queen of the South.

Queen's striker Stephen Dobbie had scored 20 goals in all competitions already this season, and looked the most likely to find the net.

The 35 year old cracked the crossbar eight minutes before half-time when clean through on goal.

Dobbie had been the provider early on.

He slipped the ball through to Lyndon Dykes only for the Australian's shot to be met with a good save from County keeper Scott Fox.

Queens continued the pressure and Dykes was denied again by Fox on the half hour mark as Queen's sought reward for their dominance.

County's best chance came in the second half from a cross, but Michael Gardyne headed over the crossbar. The Staggies surrendered the Championship lead while Queen's are now three without defeat.

'There was no flow'- reaction

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith: "I thought it was two evenly matched teams, we probably shaded it the first half, definitely in terms of half chances. Lyndon has had a decent chance and Dobbie has hit the bar.

"So we definitely deserved a point and I think maybe that was the right result"

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "[I'm a] little bit disappointed in our performance today and I think the players are as well. We didn't feel as though we got going at all as an attacking threat, there was no flow to our game.

"If we're being brutally honest I think a draw is maybe a fair result."

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

  • 1Martin
  • 2Mercer
  • 6Doyle
  • 12Semple
  • 3Marshall
  • 7Stirling
  • 8JacobsBooked at 6mins
  • 10Todd
  • 14HarkinsSubstituted forFrizzellat 85'minutes
  • 11Dobbie
  • 25Dykes

Substitutes

  • 15Exley
  • 17Murray
  • 19Bell
  • 20Leighfield
  • 21Frizzell
  • 22Norman
  • 24Harvey

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 4Fontaine
  • 5Morris
  • 6Draper
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forKellyat 78'minutes
  • 26CowieSubstituted forStewartat 88'minutes
  • 8Lindsay
  • 11VigursBooked at 54mins
  • 14Mullin
  • 10McManusSubstituted forMckayat 70'minutes
  • 19Graham

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 9Mckay
  • 12Demetriou
  • 17Keillor-Dunn
  • 21Munro
  • 24Dingwall
  • 27Stewart
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
1,509

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Queen of the South 0, Ross County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queen of the South 0, Ross County 0.

Attempt saved. Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ross Stewart replaces Don Cowie.

Foul by Josh Mullin (Ross County).

Josh Todd (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

Andy Stirling (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Adam Frizzell replaces Gary Harkins.

Attempt blocked. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Callum Semple (Queen of the South).

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

Foul by Andy Stirling (Queen of the South).

Sean Kelly (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Mercer (Queen of the South).

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Sean Kelly replaces Michael Gardyne.

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

Foul by Scott Mercer (Queen of the South).

Josh Mullin (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Morris (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high.

Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Fontaine (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Billy McKay replaces Declan McManus.

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Andy Stirling (Queen of the South).

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Kyle Jacobs.

Attempt missed. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South).

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

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Gary Harkins (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT532094511
2Ross County531173410
3Ayr531198110
4Queen of Sth522111478
5Dundee Utd52219728
6Morton52217528
7Partick Thistle520369-36
8Dunfermline5113512-74
9Alloa503236-33
10Falkirk5005311-80
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