Preview Ross CountyTuesday, 9th Apr 2019
Ladbrokes Championship: (away) v Ross County, Tuesday 9th April 2019, kick off 7.45pm at the Global Energy Stadium.
Dunfermline will take a trip of over 300 miles in pursuit of league points on Tuesday night. Not only will they have to deal with the travel, they will also have to take on the league leaders chasing an immediate return to the Premier League.
In this their game in hand, Ross County will be seeking to open up an eight point gap between them and second placed Dundee United. Stevie Crawford’s Dunfermline team will not give up on a play off place until it is impossible to achieve. They currently trail fourth placed Ayr United by six points having played one more match than the Somerset Park club.
Milestones Ross County (Away)
Last Victory | 29/03/11 |1-0| Division 1
Last Defeat |12/01/16 |1-2 | Championship
Best Victory | 18/04/09 | 3-1| Division 1
Worst Defeat | 24/03/09 | 1-2 | Division 1
|12/01/16 |1-2 | Championship
Last Goalless Draw | 22/02/11 | 0-0 | Division 1
First Meeting | 24/03/09 | 1-2 | Division 1
Competitive Record v Ross County
W D L
Last time at Dingwall
Ross County 2 Dunfermline 1
Saturday 24 November 2018, Ladbrokes Championship
An eighth minute free kick from the left in line with the 18 yard line was sent towards the six yard box by Don Cowie and the ball skimmed behind off a Pars head. When Cowie delivered the corner from the right Josh Mullin met the ball with volley that found the net via a head flick from Billy McKAY to put the Staggies into an early lead. 1-0
The critical next goal that the Fifers were chasing came for County. Brian Graham had come on for Ross Stewart and it was the sub who returned an overhit corner from the left side for Jamie LINDSAY to stab the ball home in 61 minute. 2-0
A strong run up the right by Faissal El Bakhtaoui led to a Dunfermline goal. The Pars striker relrased a stinging shot on the angle. Keeper Scott Fox parried the ball away but straight on to Ross DRAPER off whom the ball ended up in the net. 2-1
ROSS COUNTY: Scott Fox: Marcus Fraser (c), Callum Morris (Ross Draper 39), Keith Watson, Stelios Demetriou, Jamie Lindsay, Josh Mullin, Ross Stewart (Brian Graham 59, Don Cowie, Declan McManus (Davis Kellior-Dunn 72), Billy McKay
SUBS NOT USED: Tony Dingwall, Russell Dingwall, Tom Grivosti, Ross Munro (GK).
DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Malaury Martin (Aidan Keena 73): Kallum Higginbotham, James Vincent (James Craigen 89), Joe Thomson, Robbie Muirhead (Myles Hippolyte 86): Faissal El Bakhtaoui,
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Stuart Morrison, Cammy Gill (GK)
Form Last Six Matches
Partick Thistle (A) D 2-2
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Queen of the South (H) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (H) W 3-0
Dundee United (H) D 1-1
Inverness Caley Th (A) W 2-1
Alloa Athletic (A) L 0-1
Connah’s Quay (N) W 3-1
Dundee United (A) L 0-1
Falkirk (H) W 2-1
Since Dunfermline’s run of five winning games came to an end with the 1-0 defeat to Dundee United, followed by a 1-0 defeat to Ayr United. On Saturday they went two up against Partick Thistle. Only for the battling Jags to claw it back to a draw.
Ross County have lost only two of their last fifteen matches. Dundee United are the only visiting side to have won in Dingwall this season. The Staggies have kept a clean sheet in ten of their home games this season and have only conceded nine league goals at home.
League Position: 5th
League Points: 41
Goal Difference: -1
Away League Record: P15 W6 D5 L4 GF19 GA18
Last Six League Match Form: WWWLLD
League Position: 1st
League Points: 61
Goal Difference: +23
Home League Record: P13 W11 D3 L1 GF27 GA9
Last Six League Match Form: WWLLWD
Last time out
DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle): Ryan Scully: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling: Matthew Todd (Ryan Williamson 56), Ryan Blair, Louis Longridge: Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 83), Bruce Anderson (Lewis McCann 86).
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Durnan, James Vincent, Kallum Higginbotham, Cammy Gill (GK)
ROSS COUNTY (v Dundee United): Scott Fox: Marcus Fraser, Sean Kelly, Andy Boyle, Kenny van der Weg, Jamie Lindsay, Josh Mullin, Lewis Spence (Don Cowie 68), Dan Armstrong (Michael Gardyne 68), Declan McManus (Brian Graham 57) Ross Stewart.
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Semple, Tom Grivosti, Harrison Paton, Ross Munro (GK)
Referee will be Don Robertson, his first game in charge of a Ross Country game this season and only his second Pars game following the early season match at East End Park against Inverness Caley Thistle.
Other Championship Fixtures on Tuesday night
Ayr United v Queen of the South
Morton v Alloa Athletic
- Partick Thistle 2 Dunfermline 2
- Dunfermline 0 Ayr United 1
- Dunfermline 0 Dundee United 1
- Young Pars Penalty Kick Final