County extend unbeaten run

Ross County extended their unbeaten league run to 40 games with a goalless draw at Dundee United on Friday night.

Last Updated: 14/09/12 at 22:23

Houston: Watched his men draw

Houston: Watched his men draw

Victory for either side at Tannadice would have seen them climb to the top of the SPL - at least until Saturday's fixtures - and United appeared the most likely to succeed only to come up against a stubborn County defence.

County survived a muted penalty appeal after 56 minutes when Ross Tokely challenged Ryan Dow, who later chipped an effort on to the top of the bar, to keep a fifth clean sheet in six matches since being promoted to the top tier.

It is now 13 months since County's last league defeat, the 5-1 loss at Hamilton on August 13, 2011.

United and County have been familiar foes in cup competition in recent seasons, most notably in 2010 when Peter Houston's men prevailed 3-0 at Hampden to lift the Scottish Cup.

United were without captain Jon Daly following a knock sustained in the 0-0 draw against St Johnstone prior to the international break in a side showing three changes.

Midfielder Michael Gardyne was brought in for his second United start after his summer move from Dingwall, a deal agreed in January before he helped County clinch promotion.

The Irn-Bru First Division champions had made an impressive start to life in the top flight, conceding just once in their opening five matches, and that was during a 1-1 draw with SPL champions Celtic.

Colin McMenamin headed over following an early corner for County before the visitors were almost gifted an opener when a Keith Watson back-pass had Radoslaw Cierzniak toiling. The United goalkeeper mis-controlled the ball and it ricocheted off McMenamin and wide when it could have so easily gone in.

United striker Johnny Russell created an opportunity for himself out of nothing, wriggling his way through on the left side of the area to make space for a shot which Michael Fraser saved with his feet.

Russell was quickest to the rebound but could only sweep the ball into the side-netting.

United began to take control of possession, but there were few chances until Gardyne turned and found space on the edge of the area to curl a shot towards the far corner which Fraser, at full stretch, turned away.

County went close early in the second half when an Iain Vigurs cross went marginally in front of McMenamin before Cierzniak scrambled to stop Gary Glen getting in a shot.

A long-range John Rankin effort went straight at Fraser before Tokely challenged Dow on the left side of the area and referee Willie Collum waved away penalty appeals, pointing instead for a goal kick as County withstood further pressure.

Dow troubled the visitors once more on the left and crossed weakly. The ball hit Grant Munro on the right foot and was picked up by Fraser, with Collum dismissing the suggestion it was a deliberate pass-back.

Fraser beat Rankin to a long ball forward as United again tried to find a route through before Dow clipped the ball on to the top of the bar with a right-footed effort from the edge of the area.

Rankin almost found an opening, but three County defenders snuffed out the chance, before United introduced 16-year-old forward Ryan Gauld in an effort to find the breakthrough.

United forced a series of corners late on and Gavin Gunning's back-post header from Willo Flood's set-piece was parried clear by Fraser.

Fraser then saved from Watson as United were again frustrated and County survived.

County's next match comes on September 22 against St Johnstone, by which time 400 days will have elapsed since their last league loss.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Hearts 2-0 Ross Co  
Kilmarnock 1-2 Partick  
St J'stone 2-0 Dundee Utd Report
St Mirren 2-0 Hibernian Report
12:45
Motherwell 3-3 Celtic  
Friday, 18 April 2014
19:45
Inverness 0-0 Aberdeen Report
Monday, 07 April 2014
Hibernian 0-2 Aberdeen Report
Saturday, 05 April 2014
15:00
Kilmarnock 1-2 St J'stone Report
Partick 2-4 Hearts Report
St Mirren 3-2 Motherwell Report

Scottish Premiership

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 34 66 89
2 Aberdeen 34 17 64
3 Motherwell 34 5 61
4 Dundee Utd 34 15 54
5 Inverness 34 5 53
6 St J'stone 34 9 51
7 Hibernian 34 -17 34
8 St Mirren 34 -19 34
9 Kilmarnock 34 -17 33
10 Partick 34 -20 33
11 Ross Co 34 -20 31
12 Hearts 34 -24 16

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Paul Lambert plays down uncertainty over future at Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he "fully intends" to remain in charge of the Premier League club next season.

Premier League: Ramires banned for four matches after accepting FA charge

Chelsea midfielder Ramires will serve a four-match suspension after a charge of violent conduct went uncontested.

No contact from Manchester United says Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp says he has not been approached by Manchester United to fill the managerial vacancy at Old Trafford.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property