Dundee Utd 1
Ross County 0
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0
Ross County 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,549
3:00 PM Kick-off

Billy Mckay (pen.) (81)

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
21. Michal Szromnik
4. John Souttar
2. Seán Dillon
17. Mark Durnan
12. Ryan McGowan
25. Aaron Kuhl
22. Scott Fraser
8. John Rankin
20. Blair Spittal
7. Billy Mckay
29. Adam Taggart
Gary Woods
Marcus Fraser
Chris Robertson
Ricky Foster
Andrew Davies
Michael Gardyne
Tony Dingwall
Martin Woods
Jackson Irvine
Liam Boyce
Craig Curran

51. Luis Zwick
40. Jamie Robson
28. Coll Donaldson
18. Aidan Connolly
16. Charlie Telfer
30. Darko Bodul
15. Simon Murray
Scott Boyd
Ian McShane
Brian Graham
Jonathan Franks
Stewart Murdoch
Alex Schalk
James Severn

Aidan Connolly for Blair Spittal (60)
Scott Boyd for Andrew Davies (54)
Stewart Murdoch for Tony Dingwall (60)
Alex Schalk for Craig Curran (63)

Ryan McGowan (65)
Seán Dillon (85)
Aidan Connolly (90)

Red Cards
Aidan Connolly (90)
Match Officials

Don Robertson (Referee)

Match Report

Following the heavy defeat at Celtic Park last Sunday, Mixu Paatelainen made three changes to United’s starting eleven for the visit of Ross County. The big surprise came with Michal Szromnik replacing Luis Zwick in goal. Blair Spittal returned after suspension and there was also a place for Adam Taggart. Charlie Telfer and Darko Bodul were the two players who made way. After progressing to the League Cup semi final in midweek, Jim McIntyre fielded a strong side for the visitors that included former United man, Michael Gardyne.

With only two minutes on the clock United had the ball in the net but the linesman had adjudged Adam Taggart to be in an offside position. Six minutes later Rankin and Dillon combined to set up Fraser but the ball got caught in the feet of the youngster and the ball was cleared. County then made their first chance but McGowan was alert and managed to block an effort from Boyce. The hosts were looking the brighter of the two sides and with ten minutes gone Rankin tested Gary Woods but the keeper saved low to his left. United were looking threatening and twice went close when firstly Mckay set up Spittal who couldn’t get his shot on target and then shortly after Fraser did well on the left and he drove the ball into the six yard box but there were no takers for the Tangerines. United then went close again when Taggart crossed to Spittal who saw his header deflect off Foster and go out for a corner. With twenty minutes on the clock Gardyne picked up the ball on the right and he floated in a cross that almost found the target. Midway through the half United produced a flowing move that involved Kuhl and Taggart with the latter flicking the ball to Fraser who unfortunately lost control with only the keeper to beat. Minutes later the home crowd were screaming for a penalty when a left foot shot from Mckay appeared to strike the arm of Foster but the referee waved play on. The visitors then had the ball in the United net but Dingwall was deemed to be offiside and the score remained goalless. Ten minutes before the break Taggart latched on to a Rankin pass and the Aussie was unlucky when Woods tipped his shot round the post. Shortly after Fraser swung in a free kick and with players challenging for the ball it deflected and Woods made a great save to deny United. The final piece of action of the half came when Dingwall dispossessed Souttar who then made a long run and shot that produced a fantastic save from Szromnik.

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at October 31st, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Michal Szromnik (GK)22 1 - 5 -
John Souttar19 11 - 632
Mark Durnan22 13 - 13 -
Seán Dillon32 913036
Ryan McGowan26 14 - 311
John Rankin32 11 - 17711
Blair Spittal19 133425
Aaron Kuhl19 6 - 6 -
Scott Fraser20 121131
Billy Mckay27 8484
Adam Taggart22 6 - 6 -
Aidan Connolly (sub)20 10 - 342

League Table (as at October 31st, 2015)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 13 10 2 1 +24 32
2. Hearts 13 8 2 3 +10 26
3. Aberdeen 13 8 1 4 +3 25
4. St Johnstone 13 6 2 5 +6 20
5. Ross County 13 5 3 5 +3 18
6. Hamilton 13 5 3 5 0 18
7. Dundee 13 4 5 4 -3 17
8. Kilmarnock 13 4 3 6 -8 15
9. Inverness CT 13 3 5 5 -4 14
10. Motherwell 13 4 2 7 -5 14
11. Partick Th 13 2 4 7 -10 10
12. DUNDEE UTD 13 2 2 9 -16 5

League results since United's last match
31st October 2015
Dundee Utd1-0Ross County
Hamilton2-4St Johnstone
Inverness CT1-1Dundee
Partick Th0-4Hearts

Manager's Programme Notes

Hello and welcome to Tannadice for a very important game. A warm welcome to our visitors Ross County and their Manager Jim Nclntyre also. They travel here enjoying a very good season so far and will come here in high spirits. Last week was very disappointing and I stand by the comments made after the game about our performance. I was embarrassed for the fans who made the trip and those who watched it. I expect to see a determination from my players every time they wear the United crest on their chest and I expect a reaction today. The players and staff are determined to improve performances and results andl ask you to continue to back the players with all your passion. It is a tough run of fixtures we are currently going through and today we play a Ross County team buoyed after a fantastic midweek victory in the Scottish League Cup quarter final presented by Utilita Energy over their near rivals Inverness CT. They have scored goals this season and we have to be better defensively than we have shown so far. I see progress being made in training; this must now be transferred onto the pitch. I thank you for the wonderful reception you afforded me ahead of the last home game, !t has not taken me long to remember the passion of United fans for their team and we will need every joule of that energy in our fight against this difficult situation we find ourselves in. Make no mistake, it is serious and we must all understand how we get out of it. We must all be United in our efforts. Today will be difficult but we must focus on doing the right things, making the right decisions and doing the basics correctly. With your support we will strive to take the points. Enjoy the game.