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Ross County – Preview

Dundee travel to Dingwall on Tuesday for their last Ladbrokes Premiership away game of the season and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Ross County v Dundee

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

DATE: Tuesday 8th May 2018

KICK OFF: 7.45pm

VENUE: Global Energy Stadium

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1929

STADIUM: Global Energy Stadium

CAPACITY: 6,541

PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m

CO-MANAGERS: Steven Ferguson / Stuart Kettlewell

CHAIRMAN: Roy McGregor

NICKNAME: The Staggies

MASCOT: Rosco The Stag

CLUB COLOURS: Dark blue and white

HONOURS: Scottish League Cup winners 2015/16

Scottish League First Division winners 2011/12

Scottish League Second Division winners 2007/08

Scottish League Third Division winners 1998/99

Scottish League Challenge Cup winners 2006/07, 2010/11

Highland Football League winners 1966/67, 1990/91, 1991/92

RECORD ATTENDANCE: 8,000 v Rangers, Scottish Cup, February 1966

RECORD WIN: 11-0 v St Cuthbert Wanderers 1933 Scottish Cup 1st Round

WEBSITE: www.rosscountyfootballclub.co.uk

Getting to the Ground

The Global Energy Stadium is well signposted once you reach Dingwall. The full address including the postcode for Sat-Nav is The Global Energy Stadium, Victoria Park, Dingwall IV15 9QZ.

The Global Energy Stadium is located only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of town and less than 500 metres from the Train Station. If using service buses to get to the match then the stop located on Hill Street (beside the Royal Hotel) is the closest to the ground and included on most of the main routes to and from the town and is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the ground.

There is ample free and well signposted car parking in Dingwall Town Centre, whilst there is also car parking available for both home and away fans at the ground on matchdays at a cost of £3. Please note that the standard matchday traffic arrangements implemented by the Council Traffic Wardens and Police Scotland mean that access to the Stadium by car is not possible in the final 30 minutes before kick-off at any game

Match Officials

REFEREE: Andrew Dallas

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Stuart Stevenson

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Graham Chambers

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Steven Reid

Head to Head v Ross County

LEAGUE: Won 12, Draw 14, Loss 16

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 1, Draw 1, Loss 0

LEAGUE CUP: Won 0, Draw 0, Loss 1

CHALLENGE CUP: Won 0, Draw 0, Loss 1

TOTALS: Won 13, Draw 15, Loss 18

Last Five Dundee v Ross County Matches

3/2/2018 | Home | Premiership | Lost 4-1 | 4,971 | Waddell

2/12/2017 | Away | Away | Premiership | Won 2-0 | 3,896 | O’Hara, El Bahktaoui

5/8/2017 | Home | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 5,032 | Hendry

13/5/2017 | Home | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 6,812 | O’Dea (pen)

4/4/2017 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 2,819 | O’Dea (pen)

Ross County’s Season So Far

Ross County had a tricky Betfred Cup group as their section was the only one with two Premiership sides and qualified as one of the best runners-up behind newly promoted Hibernian.

County’s opening match was a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Alloa with a goal either side of the break from Michael Fraser and Craig Curran.

Curran was target again in County’s second game when he scored a brace in a 6-0 win away at Montrose in their second game and it set up the all Premiership tie with Hibs in their third match.

In a tight encounter at the Global Energy Stadium, the sides were locked at 0-0 at full time but County got the advantage in the group when they won 4-3 on penalties to win the bonus point and make them favourites to top the group.

However they threw the advantage away at Gayfield when the drew 0-0 with Arbroath and despite getting their second bonus point with a 5-4 penalty kick win, the finished in second with Hibs winning 3-0 at Recreation Park.

Ten points was enough to see them qualify but the dropped point cost The Staggies being a seed in the next round and they drew eventual runners-up Motherwell who knocked them out with a 3-2 win in Dingwall.

Four days before that County started their Premiership game with a 2-1 win at Dens Park but with just one point in six games against bottom of the table Partick Thistle, manager Jim McIntyre was replaced by another former Arab, Owen Coyle.

As is so often the case a new manager means an upturn in results and it was the case for the former Burley boss when County beat Kilmarnock and Hamilton and drew with St Johnstone in their three of their first four games under Coyle.

County then had a well merited draw with Hearts at the new look Tynecastle but the following week lost 2-0 to Dundee in Dingwall at the start of December which signalled a slump in form.

December saw The Staggies take just two points in seven games in draws with Killie and St Johnstone and when they returned from the winter break it was Killie who knocked them out of the Scottish Cup.

Back in the Premiership County lost to Motherwell and Rangers and then lost 4-2 at home to Aberdeen which left them bottom of the league.

They bounced back with a win at Dens Park and a draw at home to Hearts but have since February but after a 2-0 defeat in Perth manager Owen Coyle resigned to be replaced by co-managers Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettewell.

April saw a resurgence for The Staggies with a crucial 4-0 win over Partick and draws with Hibs and Motherwell but a 2-0 defeat to Hamilton ten days ago was a serial blow to their survival hopes.

A 1-1 draw with Partick last Friday means County go into the Dundee games five points adrift of safety and two points behind Thistle in the play off spot meaning victory is imperative against The Dee.

Top Scorers

ROSS COUNTY: Schalk 13: Curran 9; Mikklesen 4; Gardyne, Keillor-Dunn 3

DUNDEE: Moussa 13; O’Hara, Leitch-Smith 6; El Bahktaoui, 5; Waddell 3

Last Meetings

Dundee passed up the chance to climb clear of the foot of the table as they lost 4-1 to Ross County at Dens Park last February. The Dark Blues were never better than poor and made life disappointingly easy for The Staggies. Davis Keillor-Dunn opened the scoring shortly after half time. Kerr Waddell equalised, but instead of building on that Dundee crumbled, allowing County to score twice through Alex Schalk and add a fourth at the end from Tim Chow.

Dundee FC: Parish, Kerr, Waddell, O’Dea (c), Holt (El Bakhtaoui 89), O’Hara, Kamara (Deacon 77), McGowan, Leitch-Smith, Haber (Spence 53), Murray

Unused subs: Malherbe (gk), Kusunga, Aurtenetxe, Lambert.

Goal: Waddell (57’)

Ross County: Fox, Naismith, Fontaine, Souttar, Fraser (c), Kait, Routis, O’Brien (Chow 70), Schalk (McKay 81), Keillor-Dunn, N’Gog (Curran 78)

Unused subs: McCarey (gk), Gardyne, Dow, Melbourne.

Goals: Keillor-Dunn (48), Schalk (61, 64), Chow (90).

Booked: Souttar (foul on Deacon).

Attendance: 4,971 (125 away fans).

Referee: John Beaton. Assistants: Douglas Ross, Graeme Leslie. 4th official Greg Aitken.

Ticketing Information

Fans are reminded that for this match you need to buy a ticket at the ticket booth at the Global Energy Stadium before entering the ground. The Dundee support will be housed in the North East Extension (turnstiles 1-4) and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as they arrive in Dingwall.

Prices are:-

Adults – £24

Concessions (Over 65s or Under-18 ) – £14

Under 18 – £5

Please note that concessions may be required to show proof of age/status at any time on request and failure to do so may result in being refused entry to the Stadium.

How To Watch

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Wednesday with a shorter highlights package also available alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Monday.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game.

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