Dundee United 1 - 0 Ross County (League)Saturday, December 21st, 2013, 3:00 PM at Tannadice, Dundee
Referee: Iain Brines
|Dundee United||Ross County|
|Gary Mackay-Steven (69)||None.|
Melvin De Leeuw
David Goodwillie for Ryan Gauld (64)
Nadir Cifti for Brian Graham (64)
Gary Glen for Melvin De Leeuw (67)
Darren Maatsen for Rocco Quinn (80)
Steven Ross for Kevin Luckassen (81)
Kevin Luckassen (38)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Michael Fraser (GK)||69 apps||-|
|Ben Gordon||14 apps||-|
|Brian McLean||16 apps||-|
|Scott Boyd||237 apps||11 goals|
|Mihael Kovacevic||48 apps||-|
|Melvin De Leeuw||17 apps||4 goals|
|Rocco Quinn||84 apps||11 goals|
|Richard Brittain||224 apps||46 goals|
|Stuart Kettlewell||145 apps||10 goals|
|Graham Carey||17 apps||2 goals|
|Kevin Luckassen||13 apps||-|
|Steven Ross (sub)||22 apps||1 goal|
|Darren Maatsen (sub)||10 apps||1 goal|
|Gary Glen (sub)||37 apps||3 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Kevin Luckassen (20 years 153 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Richard Brittain (30 years 96 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 235 days|
|Youngest Player:||Steven Ross (20 years 119 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Mark Brown (32 years 304 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 253 days|
First Team Debuts
Free-scoring Dundee United extended their unbeaten run to six games but they were made to dig deep for their 1-0 win by hard-working Ross County.
United had scored 21 goals in their last five games but had to wait until the final quarter before Gary Mackay-Steven claimed the winner to leave County still searching for their first away win of the season.
Ryan Gauld's header from a corner was deflected over the bar by Mihael Kovacevic as United pushed County back in the opening exchanges.
Gauld then set up Stuart Armstrong but County's Brian McLean was alert to the danger before Brian Graham saw his effort ruled out for offside.
Graham Carey's glancing header flew narrowly wide as County broke the shackles and they came even closer moments later as Carey's inswinging free-kick bounced inside the area before clipping the top of the bar.
Graham headed straight at Michael Fraser as the game swung from end to end while Melvin De Leeuw threatened with a low drive for County moments later.
County continued to impose themselves and deny United's game changers any time or space but Armstrong was able to fire off a 25-yard strike which went wide.
Michael Fraser produced a fine stop to prevent substitute Nadir Ciftci from scoring with his first touch as the pressure mounted on the visiting goal.
The breakthrough duly arrived as Mackay-Steven (70) found the bottom corner from 16 yards after good work from Armstrong.
Ciftci and John Rankin tried their luck from distance as County were unable to conjure an equaliser, stretching their winless run to eight games.