Dundee United 1 - 0 Ross County (League)

Saturday, December 21st, 2013, 3:00 PM at Tannadice, Dundee
Attendance: 8,029
Referee: Iain Brines
Dundee United v Ross County, Dec 21st 2013, Tannadice, Dundee
Dundee United Ross County 

Goalscorers
Gary Mackay-Steven (69) None.

Starting Eleven
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Mark Wilson
John Souttar
Gavin Gunning
Andrew Robertson
Paul Paton
John Rankin
Gary Mackay-Steven
Ryan Gauld
Stuart Armstrong
Brian Graham
Michael Fraser
Mihael Kovacevic
Ben Gordon
Scott Boyd
Brian McLean
Rocco Quinn
Stuart Kettlewell
Richard Brittain
Melvin De Leeuw
Graham Carey
Kevin Luckassen

Bench
David Goodwillie
Nadir Cifti
Sean Dillon
Chris Erskine
Ryan Dow
Marc McCallum
Morgaro Gomis
Mark Brown
Branislav Micic
Darren Maatsen
Alex Cooper
Steven Ross
Orhan Mustafi
Gary Glen

Substitutions
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)

Bookings
None. Kevin Luckassen (38)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 69 apps -
Ben Gordon 14 apps -
Brian McLean 16 apps -
Scott Boyd 237 apps11 goals
Mihael Kovacevic 48 apps -
Melvin De Leeuw 17 apps4 goals
Rocco Quinn 84 apps11 goals
Richard Brittain 224 apps46 goals
Stuart Kettlewell 145 apps10 goals
Graham Carey 17 apps2 goals
Kevin Luckassen 13 apps -
Steven Ross (sub) 22 apps1 goal
Darren Maatsen (sub) 10 apps1 goal
Gary Glen (sub) 37 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Luckassen (20 years 153 days)
Oldest Player:Richard Brittain (30 years 96 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 235 days

Matchday Squad
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

Milestones

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.

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