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Five Things Dundee Fans Can Take From The Goalfest Against Ross County


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Dundee got over their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of champions Celtic with a 3-3 draw against free-scoring Ross County on Saturday.

It was a deserved point that could have been three in a highly-entertaining contest at Dens Park but what did we learn about the Dark Blues? Here’s five things…

They need to sharpen up at the back

SNS-11323923-Dundee-v-Ross-County.jpg-96Scott Bain can’t keep out Liam Boyce’s strike

That’s nine conceded in their last two matches for Dundee, admittedly six were against champions Celtic at Parkhead but defensively they were way off the pace in that one.

And, on Saturday, Ross County took advantage of some sloppy defending to go 3-1 up at the break – a defensive mix up for the own goal and allowing the smallest man on the park, Michael Gardyne, to rise above your defence and score needs to be eradicated.

The front three (maybe four) are vital

SNS-11324745-Dundee-v-Ross-County.jpg-55Greg Stewart is congratulated on his goal.

Dundee’s first-choice attacking three of Hemmings, Loy and Stewart are a danger for anybody in this league.

The trio complement each other with their different attributes and Dundee will have success if they can keep all three fit through the season – add to that the pace of Riccardo Calder on the left wing and that three becomes a four.

Calder is ‘a breath of fresh air’

26-09-2015-Dundee-v-Ross-County-3-dy-000Riccardo Calder seemed to impress the Dens Park faithful. Picture by David Young

Dundee’s new loan kid Riccardo Calder made a real impact on his first start in Saturday’s draw with Ross County with his direct, pacy running giving the County defence a headache.

He’s pretty raw as you’d expect for his a player of his age but one Dee told me he’s “a breath of fresh air†and it’s difficult to argue against that.

There’s some fight in that Dundee dressing room

26-09-2015-Dundee-v-Ross-County-1-dy-000Rory Loy fires home Dundee’s equaliser for 3-3. Picture by David Young

Some teams, after the hammering dished out by Celtic the week before, would have chucked it at half-time with an in-form Ross County 3-1 up but Dundee came out fighting in the second half and were unlucky not to take all three points.

Paul McGinn was fantastic at right-back

SNS-11324723-Dundee-v-Ross-County.jpg-74Paul McGInn was impressive at right-back

He’s always been a steady player at full-back but on Saturday Paul McGinn was tremendous. He was beaten by Liam Boyce for the opener but after that, and in the second half especially, he was on fire. He skinned Raffaele De Vita so often that the winger was subbed off and then created Loy’s equaliser with a great forward run.

Let’s hope he keeps that form up in the coming weeks.



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