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    • O'Hara 18', El Bakhtaoui 89'

    The Dark Blues Secure First Win Away From Home This Season After An Impressive Win Against Ross County.

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    • 02nd December 2017, 12:00 am
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    The Dark Blues Secure First Win Away From Home This Season After An Impressive Win Against Ross County.

    The Dark Blues found their first away win of the season and first clean sheet over Ross County in the highlands.

    Mark O’Hara made it three goals in two games with a fantastic effort just outside the box in the 18th minute. Then with just minutes left, Faissal El Bakhtaoui secured the three points after he chipped county keeper McCarey from just outside the penalty area.

    Dundee moved into 9th place on goal difference after back to back wins against Rangers and Ross County. This was the Dark Blues of Tayside first clean sheet against the Staggies in the Premier league.

    McCann made only one change to the team that beat Rangers last Friday at Dens Park. Marcus Haber was replaced by striker Sofien Moussa due to a back injury which forced him off against Rangers. Marcus Haber took Moussa’s spot on the bench.

    Ross County manager Owen Coyle handed a starting place to the former Manchester United and Port Vale winger Chris Eagles.

    The Staggies were the first to test the resolve of the opposition keeper. Chris Eagles came in from the left unmarked, but his shot from outside the box was easily held by Parish.

    Then less than 30 seconds later, Roarie Deacon had a long range effort from over 20 yards which skimmed over the top of McCarey’s goal.

    Both teams were looking to attack and get that first goal. Ross Draper seen his header fly just wide of the Dundee goal and a Faissal El Bakhtaoui left footed shot from outside the box was blocked by the County keeper..

    The Dark Blues took the lead on the 18th minute. O’Hara who looked to be full of confidence after his two goals against Rangers, did it again. A Deacon header found O’Hara in the middle of the County half, took a touch and then volleyed the ball from 25 yards out, past a helpless McCarey.

    Dundee nearly made it two in the 33th minute. Faissal El Bakhtaoui beat Fraser down the right and his cross came ever so close but bounced off the top of McCarey’s bar and out for a goal kick.

    County changed their shape at the start of the second half, resorting to a 4-4-2 formation but it was Dundee who pressed for a second goal. The Dark Blues had three chances early in the second half but couldn’t add to their lead.

    In the 53rd minute, McCarey couldn’t hold a low shot from Faissal El Bakhtaoui and parried the ball towards an incoming Mossua, who completely missed the ball when a simple tap in on an open goal looked certain.

    Josh Meekings then met a Jon Aurtenetxe low in swinging free-kick, but Meekings low stooping header was just inches past the left-hand post.

    In the 63rd minute, O’Hara had another shot from outside the box, however this time, his shot found its way into the arms of McCarey.

    It took until the 65th minute for the Staggies to really trouble Parish. An Eagles cross from the left was met by substitute McKay, but his header flew over the top of relieved Parish and landed on the roof of the net and out for a goal kick.

    Five minutes from time, County nearly found an equaliser through Lindsay and again, it was Eagles causing the Dundee defence problems down that left hand side. Eagles cross was headed down by McKay into the path of Lindsay, but Lindsay could only manage to scope the ball over Parish and out for a goal kick.

    Dundee scored the second in the 88th minute which managed to kill any hope that the Staggies had of getting a point from the game. Glen Kamara broke down a County attack and sent a superb long pass down the right to El Bakhtaoui, the little French striker lobed McCarey at the edge of the box to make it 2-0 and sealed the three points much to the delight of the away support.

    The Dark Blues have now taken 7 points from the last 3 games, move into 9th spot, and have kept two clean sheets in the process. This is a far cry from the run of five straight defeats which kept us at the bottom of the league.

    Line Ups

    : 4-5-1

    • 31 McCarey
    • 6 Kelly
    • 2 Fraser
    • 3 Naismith
    • 28 van der Weg Curran 45'
    • 7 Gardyne Keillor-Dunn 71'
    • 4 Routis
    • 17 Draper78'
    • 18 Lindsay
    • 33 Eagles
    • 10 Schalk Mckay 57'

    Substitutes

    • 1 Fox
    • 8 Chow
    • 9 Dow
    • 11 Curran
    • 19 Mikkelsen
    • 22 Mckay
    • 40 Keillor-Dunn

    : 4-2-3-1

    • 12 Parish
    • 2 Kerr
    • 22 Hendry
    • 24 Meekings
    • 15 Aurtenetxe Borde
    • 8 Kamara
    • 14 O'Hara
    • 21 Deacon Allan 72'
    • 8 McGowan38 ' Waddell 80'
    • 20 El Bakhtaoui
    • 9 Moussa Haber 75'

    Substitutes

    • 3 Holt
    • 7 Leitch-Smith
    • 10 Allan
    • 27 Curran
    • 29 Haber
    • 34 Waddell
    • 38 Ferie
    Referee: Steven McLean
    Attendance: 3,896
    Photo courtesy of: Derek Gerrard Photography

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