Dundee United 0 - 0 Ross County (League)

Friday, September 14th, 2012, 7:45 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,892
Referee: Willie Collum
Dundee United v Ross County, Sep 14th 2012, Tannadice Park
Dundee United Ross County 

Goalscorers
None. None.

Starting Eleven
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Keith Watson
Sean Dillon
Gavin Gunning
Brian McLean
John Rankin
Willo Flood
Stuart Armstrong
Michael Gardyne
Ryan Dow
Johnny Russell
Michael Fraser
Marc Fitzpatrick
Scott Boyd
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Kettlewell
Rocco Quinn
Richard Brittain
Iain Vigurs
Colin McMenamin
Gary Glen

Bench
Ryan Gauld
Steve Banks
Barry Douglas
Richie Ryan
Mark Millar
W Robertson
Dale Hilson
Mark Brown
Adam Porritt
Mihael Kovacevic
Martin Scott
Tony Dingwall
Steven Ross
Sam Morrow

Substitutions
Ryan Gauld-Ryan Dow (83) Sam Morrow for Colin McMenamin (61)
Mihael Kovacevic for Ross Tokely (74)
Martin Scott for Gary Glen (80)

Bookings
None. Rocco Quinn (33)
Richard Brittain (53)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 49 apps -
Marc Fitzpatrick 42 apps -
Ross Tokely 6 apps -
Scott Boyd 193 apps11 goals
Grant Munro 48 apps2 goals
Stuart Kettlewell 105 apps6 goals
Iain Vigurs 129 apps14 goals
Richard Brittain 179 apps34 goals
Rocco Quinn 37 apps3 goals
Gary Glen 2 apps -
Colin McMenamin 46 apps20 goals
Mihael Kovacevic (sub) 2 apps -
Martin Scott (sub) 178 apps11 goals
Sam Morrow (sub) 19 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Gary Glen (22 years 182 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 199 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 33 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Tony Dingwall (18 years 56 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 199 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 145 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Ross County claimed their fourth goalless draw of the season against Dundee United at Tannadice. The visitors looked more likely to break the deadlock in the first half, with Colin McMenamin's header hitting the crossbar early on. McMenamin squandered further chances as County asserted themselves.

But it was United who came closest to an opener in the second half, with Ryan Dow's floated effort ricocheting off the bar 20 minutes from the end.
County are now 40 league games unbeaten and sit equal on points with second-place United as well as Celtic and Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League.

The Highland side almost took the lead early on when McMenamin hit the bar with a header and the striker missed a great chance in the 10th minute when, from six yards, he knocked the ball wide of goal after United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak had failed to control a passback from Keith Watson.

United responded and Johnny Russell beat two men on a 30-yard run but was thwarted when keeper Michael Fraser blocked his low shot with his foot, and Russell's follow-up hit the side net. Michael Gardyne also tested the County keeper with a neat first-half turn and shot, Fraser leaping to his left to beat the ball to safety.

County's Iain Vigurs whipped in a cross at the start of the second half and the ball skimmed off the head of McMenamin before flashing wide. United then gained the upper hand for a spell and created a clutch of opportunities. Ryan Dow went down under a challenge from Ross Tokely but referee Willie Collum waved aside the home crowd's claims for a penalty.

Fraser then had to race off his line to boot away a through ball meant for the onrushing John Rankin. On the hour mark, Dow lofted a Marc Fitzpatrick clearance over the County keeper only to hit the bar and Gavin Gunning's downward header was well saved at the far post by the ever-alert Fraser minutes later. Keith Watson's shot deflected off Richard Brittain and looped goalwards but Fraser dealt with the danger smartly and clutched the ball to ensure County left Tayside with a point.

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