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Keir Murray

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    It's signing-off time on the live text commentary. Thanks very much indeed for your attention. We'll get the full reaction pieces from the managers on to the website as soon as possible and the highlights will follow at midnight. Best wishes.

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    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre

    "I don't think we did enough to score a goal. We haven't created anything. We didn't show enough belief. We restricted Aberdeen to very little but we've got to do the other side of it as well and I've not had to say that often. Paul Quinn had to deal with it (the dangerous cross that led to the own goal), it was a skiddy surface. It was preventable but these things happen. We've got a run of games and we need to pick up points. We've got to make sure that we bounce back."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit John Robertson

    "There's nothing wrong with Aberdeen. He has gone back to a tried and trusted formation. Everyone knows their position well and he has a goalkeeper who has not let in a goal yet. Their formation gives them a platform to play. It looks like the Aberdeen team of last year, when they were really dangerous. They would cut teams open on the break."

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    "I'm delighted with our third clean sheet in a row. We are closer to the team at the top than we were at this time last year. We've now got Celtic at home on Sunday, which threatens to be a brilliant affair. We are capable of winning against any team in the league."

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    "A lot of the build-up play was excellent. We hit the bar twice, lashed opportunities over the bar. We had real control of the game in the first half without showing enough quality. To come up here on a Monday night, when it's cold and wet, it's never easy. I'm really pleased."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit John Robertson

    "If you're an Aberdeen fan going home tonight you'll be delighted, apart from that last five minutes. Hayes was great, Flood was marvellous. He allows the rest of his team to play. When they lose the ball he's first in there to win it back."

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    We'll have highlights of the game on the BBC Sport website at midnight.

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    Aberdeen are now in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership table, just three points behind leaders Dundee United. County are two points behind Motherwell and three adrift of 10th-placed St Mirren.


    Ross County 0-1 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen win in Dingwall for the first time, and deservedly so. Ross County miss the chance to lift themselves off the foot of the table but they don't look like a team thinking of relegation.

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    In what is surely the final move of the match Willo Flood fires over the Ross County bar from 20 yards.

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    The attendance tonight is 3,745.

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    Just over a minute to go in Dingwall.

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    Aberdeen have controlled so much of this match they'll be sick if they lose a late goal now.

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    Willo Flood arrows at the County goal where Mark Brown is well positioned to parry it upwards, balance it on his nose like a performing seal and catch it at the second attempt.

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    Defender Shay Logan nicks the ball off the toe of Graham Carey after Jake Jervis had set him up just inside the Aberdeen box. A late leveller looked on there.

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    Barry Robson's first job since coming on as an Aberdeen sub is to take a corner kick which the commanding Jackson Irvine heads clear. When the ball comes into the County box again two red-shirted players fall to the turf but referee Willie Collum awards a free-kick to the home side.

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    Fair play to David Goodwillie as Scott Boyd steams through the back of him, sending the Dons sub flying but taking the ball. Goodwillie dusts himself down and gets on with the match.

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    Eight minutes to go and Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes sends on David Goodwillie for fellow striker Adam Rooney.

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    The match has restarted with Barr taking hesitant steps on the sidelines. He's now coming back on, with a bit of a limp.

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    Darren Barr is in evident pain as he lies on the turf. Then Staggies physio is holding his left knee. It looks like he twisted it trying to control the ball.

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    Shay Logan finds himself in acres of space down the Dons right and crosses for Peter Pawlett whose attempted chip over keeper Mark Brown has too much strength.

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    Paul Quinn scores an own goal

    Paul Quinn, with Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney lurking, diverts a cross into his own net with his left foot.

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    At the other end Graham Carey's dipping shot is parried into the path of Liam Boyce by Dons goalie Scott Brown but the County player, on just a few moments for Michael Gardyne, hits it high over the bar.


    Peter Pawlett nicks in ahead of County defender Scott Boyd to meet Shay Logan's cross from the right. He knocks it away from the big centre-half, turns and lashes it against the cross bar from the corner of the six-yard box.

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    Jim Bauld has a further thought about our keeper chat: "@BBCSportScot late 60s...almost certain that Bent and Norrie Martin would have been in goal for Dunfermline and Rangers #bbcscotfootball."


    Michael Gardyne takes the feet from Dons dangerman Jonny Hayes and his name goes into referee Willie Collum's wee book.

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    Jim McIntyre makes a double substitution for Ross County, with Joe Cardle on for Martin Woods and Jake Jervis on for Yoann Arquin.

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    Alan David Duncan: "@AberdeenFC Gooooooooaaaaaal!!! Great OG! #bbcscotfootball #CountyVDons" It was a corker of an own-goal, it has to be said.

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    Willo Flood and Andrew Considine have attempts at the Ross County goal as the home side retreat, despite that more promising start to the second half.

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    Jim Bauld: "@BBCSportScot league cup semi and replay October 1970 Lawrie and Evan Williams Dumbarton and Celtic #bbcscotfootball." Lovely stuff, Jim. This is an education.

  31. GOAL

    Ross County 0-1 Aberdeen (Quinn og)

    Niall McGinn races down the right wing and crosses for Adam Rooney. However, Paul Quinn's attempt to clear goes horribly wrong as he knocks it past his own goalie from six yards.

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    Despite that last Aberdeen move, County have had more possession in the opposition half after the interval.

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    Jonny Hayes makes space down the left with a burst of pace, reminiscent of former Nottingham Forest winger John Robertson, and lofts it to the back post, but credit goes to County's Darren Barr who leaps to head clear with Dons striker Adam Rooney lurking behind him, planning his goal celebration.

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    County's Michael Gardyne brings a long, high ball down in a manner that would have Dennis Bergkamp positively purring. He turns and crosses fiercely into the box but the Reds defence holds firm.

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    John McEnerney: "#bbcscotfootball Alan and Dermot O'Neill goalkeeping brothers in the League of Ireland and their dad Robert was a keeper too!"

  36. KICK-OFF

    Aberdeen take the kick-off and are shooting towards their own fans.

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    Neither side has made any changes for the second half.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "(Ross County manager) Jim McIntyre must be happy with what he got in the first half. Sometimes you have to play that long game. The longer it goes at 0-0 the more Aberdeen will be frustrated and the more opportunities might come County's way. I think 0-0 would be a good result for Ross County."

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    Aberdeen's Niall McGinn challenges Darren Barr

    Aberdeen's Niall McGinn challenges Darren Barr in the first half at Victoria Park.

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    Michael Sim: "@BBCSportScot Surely David and Gordon Marshall played against each other on a few occasions?#bbcscotfootball."


    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Well, we've had to wait for chances at Victoria Park but they have emerged from the mist. Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor's header across the face of goal that was chested by Scott Boyd almost into his own net and Adam Rooney's flashing header wide were the closest things for the Reds.

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    The lively Adam Rooney meets Niall McGinn's clever ball into the County box and nods it just wide. Aberdeen have threatened a few times now, while for the team in dark blue there's really only been a Paul Quinn header wide.

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    Alan David Duncan: "Does Staggies' @jirvine36 wax his eyebrows as well as his surfboard?! Suspiciously neat brows young man... #bbcscotfootball #CountyVDons." It must be said, he is immaculately turned out.

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    Donald MacLeod recalls another set of keepers: "@BBCSportScot #bbcscotfootball. Also Peter and Dave Latchford as goalkeeping brothers." Thanks, Donald!

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    Donald MacLeod: "@BBCSportScot #bbcscotfootball. Peter and Ron Springett as goalkeepers who were once even swapped for one another."

  46. CLOSE!

    Michael Gardyne turns beautifully on the right wing, bamboozling the Dons defence, and curls a cross into the six-yard area where Paul Quinn darts in ahead of dozing Ash Taylor and flashes a header a foot wide of Scott Brown's right-hand post. That's more like it from the Staggies!

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    Goalkeeper Scott Brown, all in green, jumps to clutch a high ball into the Dons box. A nice "take", I believe is the phrase.


    Shay Logan's cross from the right is too heavy for his Aberdeen team-mates in the box but Jonny Hayes picks it up at the corner flag out on the left. He lofts it into the penalty area and the on-rushing Ryan Jack skites across the turf, with his arms up to claim for an Aberdeen penalty but Willie Collum gives the home side the decision.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

    "The conditions are difficult and as a defender it's difficult to clear your lines. Sometimes you slip when you're kicking the ball clear."

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    Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney gets in ahead of Staggies defender Scott Boyd and heads an effort towards goal

    Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney gets in ahead of Staggies defender Scott Boyd and heads an effort towards goal.

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    That's better from Aberdeen, as the energetic Shay Logan moves up the field, cuts the ball onto his left foot and clips a shot a few feet over the bar from 22 yards.

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    Hmm. A Brown in goal for each team - Mark for County and Scott for the Dons. I'm trying to think of another match where the keepers have had the same name. I can think of examples where opposing fans have called the keepers the same thing, but that's not what I'm after. Anyone help me with a piece of trivia?

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    Mark Brown makes a crucial save for County after Niall McGinn's free-kick from the right to the back post is headed towards goal by Ash Taylor and deflected towards his own goal by big Scott Boyd.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit John Robertson

    "Aberdeen seem slightly more threatening but County are showing enough resistance and threat on the break. You can see that Jim (McIntyre) and Billy (Dodds, his assistant) have spent a lot of time on shape - it's 4-1-4-1."

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    Michael Gardyne thunders a volley over the Aberdeen bar that dips eventually, but just not soon enough. Plenty of power there. Plenty. We're struggling for an effort on target here.

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    Niall McGinn gets on the ball for Aberdeen down the left but his delivery into the box is headed clear by Paul Quinn, the former Motherwell defender.

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    County's Jackson Irvine, hair up in a bun, slides in on wily Willo Flood and concedes a free-kick...which comes to nothing much.

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    Alan David Duncan: "Good to see @AberdeenFC start with the same team that tubbed Accies. Should be plenty energy & movement. COYR! #bbcscotfootball #CountyVDons"

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    Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney darts to the near post to meet Shay Logan's cross from near the corner flag and County goalie Mark Brown leaps to his left to make the save, although the header may have been going just wide.

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    It's a dreich night in Dingwall
    Image caption: It's a dreich night in Dingwall, perfect for shots at goal from 30 yards

    Jim Spence: "Very wet at Dingwall for Ross Co v Aberdeen live commentary on @BBCSportsound #bbcscotfootball"

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    Ross County win a corner within 30 seconds as the rain chucks it down. Graham Carey's kick is cleared but he picks up the ball again and curls in a cross with that lovely left foot of his and the ball is cleared, not quite in the style of Rene Higuita's famous scorpion kick but something approaching that, as Dons defender Mark Reynolds slips and throws up a trailing leg to divert the ball clear.

  62. KICK-OFF

    And we're under way.

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    Willie Collum is the referee tonight. I wonder if we'll see him in an SFA cagoule as the rain falls in the Highlands, or perhaps he'll take to the field in a comedy sou'wester.

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    My colleague Richard Wilson is a man who has a way with words. You might fancy a read of his feature on Stuart McCall's decision to resign as Motherwell manager.

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    "My take on Jimmy's (Jim McIntyre's) team is they look like a team that can win points. We have always had a hard game here. We want to bring a strong performance. We are on a good run of late. There was a lot we liked against Hamilton so the same boys get the opportunity again. It will be one up top - Adam Rooney will be up there. A lot of people are saying we should be playing with a front two. After the Hamilton away game (a 3-0 defeat) we had to get back to having a solid base. We want to be a team that is difficult to play against but one that carries a goal threat. The pitch looks magnificent. It's a bit greasy so the players will need to concentrate. It could be a bit slippy."

  67. LINE-UPS

    Ross County: Brown, Toshney, Carey, Woods, Barr, Kiss, Quinn, Irvine, Arquin, Boyd, Gardyne. Subs: Reguero, Frempah, Jervis, Reckord, Boyce, Dingwall, Cardle.

    Aberdeen: Brown, Logan, Taylor, Reynolds, Considine, Jack, Flood, Pawlett, Hayes, McGinn, Rooney. Subs: Langfield, McKenna, Robson, Monakana, Smith, Shankland.

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    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre

    "The pitch is in fantastic condition. It's been bucketing down for four or five hours but it has stood up well, so credit to the groundsman. We can't go gung-ho (against Aberdeen) because they have a lot of pace on the counter. This is the first opportunity since we came in the door to get off the bottom. A win tonight would see us jump above Motherwell. Aberdeen have done extremely well since Derek (McInnes) took over. The players we inherited have a great determination to work hard and to take on board what we want to do. We have made progress but we are up against a good side. Richard Brittain has a bit of a bug. Martin Woods replaces him."

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    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre previewing Dons match

    "What we have tried to do is build up confidence levels and the sure-fire way of doing that is by getting results. The players are constantly encouraged to express themselves and do what they do well but, at the same time, stay concentrated and remain organised and do the ugly side of the game better than what we have been doing. That's a key message we have been giving to them because it's hard enough winning games at this level without giving the opposition a helping hand."

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    County are propping up the Scottish Premiership table with a mere five points, but under Jim McIntyre they have won one, lost one and drawn two of their last four games. You suspect this could be a tricky game for them, though, even at home, against Aberdeen.

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    We hear Aberdeen are unchanged for the trip to Dingwall - that's in terms of personnel, rather than getting into strips and tracksuits.

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    Good evening, all. The dark nights are with us, we can see our breath in the autumn air and the floodlights are bathing Victoria Park in bright light - it's perfect for a game of football. Ross County welcome Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership. Kick-off is in half an hour.