Ross County 0
Dundee Utd 2
League (Premiership)


Ross County 

0 - 2

Dundee Utd


League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 6th, 2021
Global Energy Stadium (Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Lawrence Shankland (63)
Ryan Edwards (76)

Team Managers
John Hughes Micky Mellon

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Laidlaw
23. Jason Naismith
3. Carl Tremarco
4. Leo Hjelde
5. Callum Morris
18. Stephen Kelly
24. Harry Paton
26. Jordan White
9. Billy Mckay
28. Tony Andreu
14. Jermaine Hylton
Benji Siegrist .1
Ryan Edwards .12
Adrián Sporle .3
Mark Reynolds .6
Jamie Robson .17
Liam Smith .2
Calum Butcher .18
Jeando Fuchs .66
Peter Pawlett .8
Marc McNulty .9
Lawrence Shankland .24

Bench
21. Joe Hilton
6. Ross Draper
7. Michael Gardyne
8. Oli Shaw
15. Keith Watson
16. Alex Iacovitti
17. Regan Charles-Cook
19. Charlie Lakin
22. Jordan Tillson
Deniz Mehmet .19
Kerr Smith .43
Chris Mochrie .26
Luke Bolton .20
Dillon Powers .4
Kai Fotheringham .25
Ian Harkes .23
Louis Appéré .27
Nicky Clark .10

Substitutions
Michael Gardyne for Jermaine Hylton (66)
Oli Shaw for Billy Mckay (66)
Charlie Lakin for Harry Paton (66)
Alex Iacovitti for Carl Tremarco (76)
Ross Draper for Stephen Kelly (76)
Luke Bolton for Adrián Sporle (74)
Ian Harkes for Jeando Fuchs (78)
Dillon Powers for Calum Butcher (81)

Cautions
Stephen Kelly (71) Calum Butcher (13)
Peter Pawlett (55)
Liam Smith (66)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Grant Irvine (Referee)





Match Report


Dundee United travelled to Dingwall with a lot to play for. Back to back defeats at the hands of St Mirren, Hibernian and Motherwell brought the bleak cloud of relegation closer to home than it had been all season. With fans putting the pressure on Micky Mellon and his team to succeed, it was a make or break game that could potentially define the season for United.

From the first whistle it proved to be an energetic opening. County looked to set the pace of the match early, with a hot effort from Hylton at the edge of the box forcing Benji into a diving save. United's first chance came when Hjelde failed to clear a headed through ball from Fuchs. The ball bounced through uncontested to Shankland, who opted to go around the goalkeeper, but just didn’t have enough space. Luck clearly looked as if it was on United’s side as an identical chance fell again to Shankland soon after. Another long ball slipped past Hjelde at the back and Shankland opted once more to go around Laidlaw, but this time he was wise to Lawrence’s tricks. It was two wonderful chances for Shankland, which on any other day would have comfortably found the back of the net. Ross County ended the first 45 with the closest shot of the half. Tony Andreu ran past Robson and Reynolds inside the box, hitting a low driven shot that narrowly bounced past Siegrist’s far post.

Ross County came out aggressively in the second half, with three great chances in quick succession, but as hard as they tried, they could not get past the brick wall that was Siegrist, Reynolds and Edwards. United dug deep though, and managed to hit County on the counter attack in the 63rd minute. At the edge of the United box McNulty played a one-two with Pawlett, who then moved the ball to Shankland who drove a pass for Fuchs deep into the county half. Callum Morris bound down on Fuch’s, but before he could mount any real challenge, Jeando had nicked the ball wide to Smith, who then drove the ball just inside the box, capping the great team move off by finding Shankland at the keepers near post. Do we need to say what happened next? This time when the ball landed at Lawrence Shankland's feet, there was only one inevitable outcome, and United took the lead. Twelve minutes later, a high swinging corner from Pawlett found Ryan Edwards as he dove past Callum Morris, heading the ball into the bottom right corner. United saw the rest of the game out strongly and earned a solid three points. There was still a long way to go until the end of the season, but United fans across the globe were allowed to breathe a little easier for the time being.

Match report written by Danny Flynn



Squad Statistics (as at February 6th, 2021)


2020-21 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)29 26 - 97 -
Liam Smith24 221561
Adrián Sporle25 181344
Ryan Edwards27 203203
Mark Reynolds33 291781
Jamie Robson23 29 - 1542
Calum Butcher29 241986
Peter Pawlett30 241614
Jeando Fuchs23 11 - 11 -
Lawrence Shankland25 2355633
Marc McNulty28 171171
Ian Harkes (sub)25 292805
Dillon Powers (sub)29 17 - 271
Luke Bolton (sub)21 271271


League Table (as at February 6th, 2021)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 27 24 3 0 +60 75
2. Celtic 26 16 7 3 +36 55
3. Hibernian 28 14 7 7 +13 49
4. Aberdeen 27 12 8 7 +3 44
5. Livingston 27 11 6 10 +4 39
6. St Mirren 25 9 5 11 -2 32
7. United 28 7 10 11 -15 31
8. St Johnstone 28 7 9 12 -10 30
9. Motherwell 26 6 7 13 -15 25
10. Kilmarnock 27 7 3 17 -13 24
11. Ross County 28 6 5 17 -32 23
12. Hamilton 25 5 4 16 -29 19

League results since United's last match
6th February 2021
Celtic2-1Motherwell
Hibernian2-0Aberdeen
Livingston1-2St Johnstone
Ross County0-2Dundee Utd
St Mirren2-0Kilmarnock