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Summary

  1. Ross County move into third with victory
  2. Brian Graham scores twice
  3. Aberdeen suffer fourth straight defeat
  4. Aberdeen still lead Premiership by one point

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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    Join us again tomorrow for our live coverage of four more Premiership fixtures, plus news of games from Scotland's other three divisions. Can Celtic take advantage of Aberdeen's defeat and go top of the top flight?

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    Unfortunately, those choice words appear to be dragging on a bit and we have run out of time. However, we'll bring you Derek McInnes' comments later on the website.

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    We are hoping to hear from Derek McInnes, but the Aberdeen boss no doubt has a few choice words for his players first.

  4. Ross County manager Jim McIntyre on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Delighted with the performance. We wanted to bounce back after the derby defeat and we did that in style.

    "And against a very good side, but we had some great individual performances.

    "The other two strikers had started on fire, but when Brian's chances came along, he took them well.

    "Liam Boyce is beating himself up there as he thought he should have had three or four."

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    The wheels have certainly come off the Aberdeen juggernaut. That is their fourth straight defeat, three in the Premiership, and they will lose their lead in the top flight if Celtic take at least a point away to Motherwell tomorrow.

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    After that convincing win, Ross County leapfrog Hamilton Academical and Hearts into third place in the Premiership and are now only six points behind leaders Aberdeen. That defeat in the Highland derby might just have been a temporary blip after all.

  7. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "A superb performance by the home side. Superb right through the spine of the side and totally dominant. Liam Boyce had seven good chances to score and hasn't taken any of them. This was a top-class performance, full of tempo and confidence from the Dingwall side. You are wondering what's gone wrong after the first eight games of the season for Aberdeen and they are lucky it is only two tonight."

  8. FULL-TIME

    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Only a good save from Danny Ward prevents County extending their lead. Jackson Irvine breaks clear and sets up Alex Shalk and the substitute's low drive is parried by the goalkeeper before being cleared.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    We are into stoppage time and there are no signs that Aberdeen can rescue this game.

  11. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    Max Baggins-Craig: "Well well, Aberdeen from title contenders to ''just keeping your seat warm for you Celtic'' in the space of a few weeks."

    Fred McGrath: "Aberdeen, how much of a head start would you like next season before you can make it interesting?"

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Ross County celebrates Brian Graham's goal
    Image caption: Brian Graham's goals look poised to hand Aberdeen a fourth straight defeat
  13. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    "Aberdeen's heads are a bit down and they are looking for a bit of inspiration and only Jonny Hayes has provided it."

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Liam Boyce will wonder how he did not add to County's tally as he is hooked and replaced with new singing Alex Shalk.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Niall McGinn fires into the side netting from 16 yards, but it doesn't look like being Aberdeen's night.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Josh Parker, the striker on loan from Red Star Belgrade, replaces David Goodwillie, but he doesn't have much time to make an impression and bring Aberdeen back into the game.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen have had 67% of the possession in the second half, but County are comfortably in the lead. Statistics don't always tell the full story.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Jonny Hayes has been pushed back to left-back this half, but he bursts up the wing and, at the back post, Shay Logan just fails to get a touch on his superb cross across the face of the County goal.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    The official attendance has been announced as 5,543 in Dingwall and the home fans among them will be much the happier.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Brian Graham puts Ross County ahead
    Image caption: Brian Graham put Ross County into the lead against Aberdeen in Dingwall
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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Chances at both ends as Adam Rooney slides in, but his effort is saved on the line by County goalkeeper Gary Woods. County break clear and Liam Boyce is clear again but miss-hits his shot and it is saved easily.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Goalscorer Brian Graham receives a warm round of applause from the home fans as he is replaced with fellow striker Craig Curran, who is returning from injury.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Liam Boyce wastes another chance as County relieve the pressure and race clear, but the striker blasts over the bar from the edge of the penalty box.

  24. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen so close to pulling a goal back as Niall McGinn breaks behind the defence, but his low shot under the goalkeeper strikes the face of the post and Adam Rooney's shot on the rebound is blocked on the line by Jamie Reckord.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    The confidence has visibly sapped out of the legs of these Aberdeen players and there are few signs that they can come back into this match. County looking comfortable.

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    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen

    Liam Boyce should have had a hat-trick in this match. The ball falls kindly for the striker behind the Aberdeen defence, but he pulls his shot wide and it goes so far wide it goes for a throw in.

  27. GOAL

    Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen (Brian Graham)

    Just when Aberdeen were looking to exert come pressure, County break clear and Brian Graham scores his second goal of the night.

    Ash Taylor is beaten to a long ball out of the County defence and Graham races clear. Although the striker hesitates as he is challenged by Andrew Considine, the ball falls kindly for him and he strokes it wide of goalkeeper Danny Ward.

  28. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    Phil Bradish: "Is this best Scottish Premier League have to offer? Aberdeen look awful." Possibly because SPL no longer exists, but we know you mean the Premiership.

  29. KICK-OFF

    Ross County 1-0 Aberdeen

    Ross County kick off and are half way to inflicting a fourth straight defeat on the Scottish Premiership leaders. Can they complete the job?

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    Ross County 1-0 Aberdeen

    Mark Reynolds, having been brought back into the side following long-term injury, and been given the captain's armband, is being hauled off at half time. The centre-half has looked anything but match sharp.

    Willo Flood, who has looked like a little boy lost in midfield, is also coming off, with Shay Logan and Adam Rooney coming on.

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    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes
    Image caption: Inverness Caley Thistle manager John Hughes doesn't look too unhappy to have missed out on the Dundee United job
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    New Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen
    Image caption: New Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen didn't look too impressed with the action at Victoria Park
  33. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "It is a deserved scoreline and, if it had been one or two more, Aberdeen could not have complained. County's front two have messed the Aberdeen defence around and Aberdeen haven't laid a glove on the County defence."

  34. HALF-TIME

    Ross County 1-0 Aberdeen

  35. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    @logicalRedSmurf: "Interesting approach by both, intriguing so far, definitely got to back these two for a top-three finish, no doubt."

  36. GOAL

    Ross County 1-0 Aberdeen (Brian Graham)

    The goal had been coming for County and that man Ricky Foster is the inspiration against his former club.

    The full-back weaves his way into the penalty box and, although he takes a touch too many, Paul Quinn's tackle simply sets up Brian Graham to slot the loose ball into the far corner of the net from 12 yards.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen appear to be missing the steady influence of captain Ryan Jack, who is missing through illness, in the centre of midfield, which is being dominated by the home side.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Ricky Foster almost sets up the opener against his former club. His cross finds Liam Boyce, the striker having found space between himself and his marker, but his powerful downward header from 14 yards is held low down by goalkeeper Danny Ward.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Another chance squandered by Liam Boyce and County. Goalkeeper Danny Ward fails to hold a cross and the striker fails to connect properly with his shot from 10 yards and it is Graeme Shinnie to the rescue again to hack clear.

  40. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    "They are being tested and they have got away with it. But if they keep defending like this, they won't get away with it for long."

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    County will wonder how they are not ahead. Liam Boyce has a shot on the turn headed off the line by Graeme Shinnie, although in truth it just struck the defender.

    The County striker then makes room for himself on the edge of the penalty box but loses his footing and slices his shot wide.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Speak of the devil and Richard Foster rampages down the win and this time sends a fine cross into the box that Andrew Considine does well to head clear with Liam Boyce lurking.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Former Aberdeen man Richard Foster used to be a winger, but former Rangers player now playing at full-back appears to have lost all confidence going forward and has squandered a couple of good opportunities for County. Maybe trying too hard to silence the boos from the away support.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    David Goodwillie seems determined to prove his manager right for choosing him ahead of Adam Rooney and the striker threatens again, but the Dons striker sends a drive curling the wrong direction round the back post from 14 yards.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    It is end-to-end action at the moment in Dingwall, with both sides threatening to break the deadlock.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    David Goodwillie shows good skill, but the Aberdeen striker's overhead kick from 16 yards is easily held by Gary Woods.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Liam Boyce threatens for County as Rocco Quinn cuts out a poor Mark Reynolds pass and sets up the striker, who twists clear of his marker but fires a low drive into the arms of goalkeeper Danny Ward.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Jonny Hayes is tripped a couple of yards outside the County box by Jamie Reckord, but the Aberdeen winger's low drive is wastefully fired into the defensive wall.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    First shot of the night comes from in-form Northern Ireland winger Niall McGinn, but his looping shot from way out dips straight into goalkeeper Gary Woods' arms.

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    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Scott Davie

    BBC Scotland at Victoria Park

    "It might be a five hour round on a Friday night, but the Red Army have turned up in big numbers again, with two thousand packed into their end of the Global Energy Stadium."

  51. County introduce new signing

    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    County have English goalkeeper James Severn on the bench tonight. The 24-year-old released by Scunthorpe in the summer has spent time this season with English Conference North side Worcester City this season and was signed this morning!

  52. KICK-OFF

    Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen get the game underway in Dingwall looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premiership.

  53. Ross County manager Jim McIntyre on BBC Radio Scotland

    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre
    Image caption: Jim McIntyre is hoping to improve his side's record against Aberdeen

    "No-one could see us going on such a great run after losing 4-0 the last time we played Aberdeen in February.

    "Now we have a better team to play against them, but Aberdeen also have a better team as well with plenty of motivation themselves."

  54. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
    Image caption: Derek McInnes is hoping his side can get back on track in Dingwall

    "We were disappointed to lose three games in a row.

    "But this team has proved how good it can be this season and we are determined to get the win to stay top of the league."

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    Good news for County is that captain Andrew Davies has returned from a one-game suspension, so the side shows three changes, with Gary Woods in goal in place of the injured Scott Fox, while Jamie Reckord comes into defence with Davies.

    Defender Scott Boyd and midfielder Jonathan Franks drop out.

  56. LINE-UPS

    Ross County: Gary Woods, Fraser, Davies, Robertson, Reckord, Foster, Irvine, Murdoch, Gardyne, Boyce, Graham. Subs: Severn, Schalk, Boyd, McShane, Curran, Franks, De Vita.

    Aberdeen: Ward, Quinn, Reynolds, Taylor, Considine, Flood, Shinnie, McGinn, McLean, Hayes, Goodwillie. Subs: Logan, Rooney, Smith, Robson, Brown, McLaughlin, Parker.

    Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

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    Aberdeen's Ash Taylor and Danny Ward are all smiles ahead of kick off
    Image caption: Aberdeen's Ash Taylor and Danny Ward were in a relaxed mood at Victoria Park ahead of kick-off
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    County will leapfrog Hearts and Hamilton Academical into third place should they win tonight.

    A draw would still take them above the Accies on goal difference - at least until Martin Canning's side host Dundee tomorrow.

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    Ross County on Twitter
    Image caption: Ross County tweeted this earlier in the day. One hopes they are going to remove the keep off the grass sign before kick-off!
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    So far, County manager Jim McIntyre hasn't been able to make count any inside knowledge he gained while working as a coach under McInnes at Bristol City.

    Aberdeen are seeking a fourth straight victory against the Highlanders, all of them under McIntyre, whose side failed to score in any of those games against the Dons last season.

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    Despite those two consecutive league defeats, Aberdeen remain one point ahead of reigning champions Celtic at the top of the Premiership thanks to a record-breaking run of eight straight wins at the start of the campaign.

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    Talking of contracts and manager's jobs, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes' mood will not have been helped by this week's surprise speculation about his future at Pittodrie.

    He was left angry by chit chat caused by the Scottish Professional Football League's main sponsor, Ladbrokes, suspending betting on him being the next Scottish manager to leave his club.

    McInnes pointed out that he signed a four-year contract extension last season.

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    Dave: "McGee makes it sounds like they were doing us a favour by managing Scotland. No, they are being paid a lot of money to do it. Tom English speaks a lot of sense. Next Scotland manager?" Are you suggesting Tom English, who has been speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, for manager?

    Peter, Glasgow: "I agree with Tom English. Strachan gets an easy ride from the media. He seems to dismiss certain questions. Bottom line. We re simply not good enough."

    Keith in Drylaw: "Course there's other options out there. Paul Lambert, Alex McLeish, Greame Souness, Sir Alex, I could go on, another two years of Strachan and his cockyness, bad move."

    Cammy, Ayr: "We won four games - Georgia, Ireland and Gibraltar twice. If that's progress, I'm the king of Siam."

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    Can Strachan lead Scotland to the World Cup finals?

    @tommymckay2: "If we can take three points off England, I think we will do it."

    @PeeTeePeeTee: "No, the draw is a stinker. Right man for the job though."

    @kfa444: "The answer is yes, but that squad needs overhauled. He needs to break from the "club mentality" nonsense."

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    Caley Thistle also edged out Aberdeen 2-1 during a three-game losing sequence that has cast doubts about the Dons' ability to mount a season-long title challenge.

    That sudden downturn started with a League Cup exit at the hands of Championship side Hibernian and got decidedly worse just before the international break with that 5-1 thumping at home to St Johnstone.

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    County, who sit fifth in the table, had their seven-game unbeaten run halted by a 2-1 home defeat in the Highland derby against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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    Both sides are looking to get back to winning ways after particularly painful defeats immediately before the break for two rounds of international fixtures.

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    Scott Davie

    BBC Scotland at Victoria Park

    Leyton Orient's on-loan goalkeeper, Gary Woods, makes his first start for the Staggies as Scott Fox is sidelined for two months with ankle ligament damage.

    Former Netherlands Under-21 striker Alex Schalk is on the bench after the player released by Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch second tier signed on until the end of the season.

    The good news for manager Jim McIntyre is that Craig Curran has recovered from the concussion that has kept the striker out for two months and is also on the bench.

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    Scott Davie

    BBC Scotland at Victoria Park

    Mark Reynolds starts his first league game for Aberdeen since dislocating a shoulder in early July, former Ross County captain Paul Quinn is also back in defence, while Willo Flood has recovered from a knock to start in midfield and David Goodwillie replaces top scorer Adam Rooney up front.

    Shay Logan and Peter Pawlett are the others to drop out after the 5-1 hammering from St Johnstone last time out, while captain Ryan Jack has been laid low by illness and the midfielder misses the match.

  70. Get Involved #bbcscotfootball

    Gordon Strachan says it was the reaction of the Tartan Army, who lauded the manager after Sunday's 6-0 win over Gibraltar, that persuaded him to stay on.

    But will his new contract be as universally welcomed as the Scottish FA and assistant manager Mark McGhee suggest? Or are there questions to be asked, as Strachan's former Aberdeen and Scotland team-mate Willie Miller hinted at?

    Give us your thoughts on that, tonight's match, or any other burning issues by texting 80295, on the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page or tweet us #bbcscotfootball.

  71. Strachan's new contract

    Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: Gordon Strachan has signed a new two-year contract as Scotland manager

    But we can't leave the international scene completely behind given the news that broke within the last hour that Gordon Strachan has signed a new two-year contract to continue as Scotland manager.

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    Aberdeen top the Scottish Premiership after an imposing start to the season, while Ross County have been impressive enough for many pundits to predict that last season's relegation-threatened side are sure-fire top-six finishers this time round.

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    After all the highs and, for Scotland, the tears, anguish and soul-searching of international football, it is back to the domestic scene this evening - and we start with a potential cracker at Victoria Park, Dingwall.