Ross County 0 - 0 Kilmarnock  (League)

Saturday, September 1st, 2012, 7:00 PM at GlobalEnergy Stadium
Attendance: 4,006
Referee: John Beaton
Ross County v Kilmarnock, Sep 1st 2012, GlobalEnergy Stadium
Ross County  Kilmarnock

Goalscorers
None. None.

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
Marc Fitzpatrick
Scott Boyd
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Stuart Kettlewell
Rocco Quinn
Richard Brittain
Iain Vigurs
Alex Cooper
Colin McMenamin
Kyle Letheren
James Fowler
Michael Nelson
Ryan O'Leary
Rory McKeown
Danny Racchi
Manuel Pascal
Liam Kelly
Borja Perez
James Dayton
Rory McKenzie

Bench
Mark Brown
Archie MacPhee
Mihael Kovacevic
Martin Scott
Russell Duncan
Steven Ross
Sam Morrow
Willie Gros
Rory Boulding
Anssi Jaakkola
Lee Johnson
Alex Pursehouse
Jude Winchester
Mark O'Hara

Substitutions
Sam Morrow for Alex Cooper (78)
Martin Scott for Richard Brittain (90)
Willie Gros-Borja Perez (74)
Rory Boulding-Danny Racchi (83)

Bookings
Grant Munro (38)
Scott Boyd (44)
Rocco Quinn (49)
Iain Vigurs (58)
Colin McMenamin (69)
Liam Kelly (47)
James Fowler (71)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 48 apps -
Ross Tokely 5 apps -
Scott Boyd 192 apps11 goals
Grant Munro 47 apps2 goals
Marc Fitzpatrick 41 apps -
Alex Cooper 3 apps -
Stuart Kettlewell 104 apps6 goals
Iain Vigurs 128 apps14 goals
Richard Brittain 178 apps34 goals
Rocco Quinn 36 apps3 goals
Colin McMenamin 45 apps20 goals
Martin Scott (sub) 177 apps11 goals
Sam Morrow (sub) 18 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Alex Cooper (20 years 307 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 186 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 331 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Steven Ross (19 years 8 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 186 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 32 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

County Boss Derek Adams watched his side extend their unbeaten league run to 39 matches, following a hard fought goalless encounter with Kilmarnock.

The Staggies may not have been consciously thinking about the amazing record they have created, but they have taken to the Scottish Premier League in sensational fashion, and in doing so have added to the plaudits already heaped on them. In recognition of the clubs exploits Manager Derek Adams was named Clydesdale Bank Manager of the Month for August.

Even at this early stage in the season it is evident that County are going to be a difficult side to take points from. They are assured, but not overly confident, they defend well, pass the ball with assuredness and precision and counter attack with great pace.

The latest team to come North, Kilmarnock had come of the back of a resounding 3-1 victory over Dundee United, so confidence was high going into the match at Victoria Park.

Ross County however, had other ideas, and it was noticeable from the start that the home side were in no mood to give up their unbeaten run as they chased and harried, and made Killie work for each and every touch of the ball and overall thoroughly frustrated the Rugby Park side. The home side created the better chances in the match, while the visitors sat in particularly during the second period, as County went in search of their opening league victory at home.

Building from defence seems to be the way Manager Adams wants his team to play with few complaining following another excellent performance from the home side’s back four. Four clean sheets from their opening five SPL league matches is testimony to how well they are playing, and more importantly to how well they have adjusted to life in the top tier.

Special praise must also go to youngster Alex Cooper, who came into the midfield to make his debut and performed very well until injury saw him replaced late on. The best chance in the first period came to the home side, when Rocco Quinn flighted in a cross that looked to be covered by keeper Kyle Letheren, but he failed to gather the cross cleanly, allowing Marc Fitzpatrick to head unchallenged, and only a despairing clearance from James Fowler on the goal-line denied the home side an interval lead.

The second period saw the visitors failing to deal with cross balls into the penalty area, as County continued to look for the vital breakthrough.
The best opportunity of the second period saw Rory McKenzie burst into the box, but his final effort was well blocked by home keeper Michael Fraser to maintain his side’s unbeaten start to the season.

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