Welcome everyone to what I hope will be a regular feature for this website as we look into all the up and coming matches for the Dee this season. I did give it a go last term but due to writing my weekly column for The Eagles Beak, I dropped the ball on it.
So we kick off our new season with the dreaded trip up to Dingwall to take on Ross County. It’s been a long, long time since we last tasted victory against the Staggies on their home turf. In fact you would have to go all the way back to the Dee-Fiant season for our last win up there.
A victory up there is well overdue!
After losing our star striker Kane Hemmings last week, the club has been quick to sign Faissal El Bakhtaoui on a three year contract. Thirty goals last term had him on a few clubs wanted list in the Scottish Premiership and even earned him a trial down at Blackburn.
Many will remember him running us ragged in the League Cup last season with Dunfermline and many a fan on the Facebook and Twitter page commented that they wanted Hartley to sign him. Well now he’s a Dark Blue and everyone is delighted to see him onboard. It has certainly made me forget about the events of last week.
We can see a host of players make their League debuts for us. Danny Williams, James Vincent, Mark O’Hara, Michael Duffy, Yordi Teijsse and of course El Bakhtaoui should all be in the frame for making the squad.
I’ve been impressed with Williams and O’Hara from what I’ve saw from the League Cup games. Williams seems to want to be direct with the ball and will look for a run forward while O’Hara looked solid when he came on vs Dumbarton at Dens. He was winning headers in the midfield, getting the ball down and always looking for an opening. Just the type of midfielders you want in the team. Vincent seemed to be a bit lacking on the fitness side in the first couple of games but he put in a shift last Saturday vs Forfar and looks like he could be another good addition to the team. With Duffy offering an attacking option and Paul McGowan running about going metal at people, I feel we have a great core for the team to work with in the middle of the park.
El Bakhtaoui will be involved in this team no doubt and basically all eyes will be on him as fans and critics look on to see if he can produce the same performances in the Premiership as he did in League one. With Star man Greg Stewart setting up the chances, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him net a debut goal.
One player I would love to see involved is Yordi Teijsse. He did look a bit raw the other week and he will understandably need a few games to settle in to the style of play over here in Scotland but he looks like he will be some player for his. His build should see him being able to stand up to the biggest of brutes in this league and he looks like he has the ability to take on a man. I may be getting ahead of myself but he reminds me a bit of Dundee Favourite, Fabian Caballero!
I think I predicted a score draw in my ‘Mon The Dee’ Column over on The Eagles Beak but I’ve started to become more optimistic and think we can come away with the full three points. The defence still needs a one or two new additions added to it but I think for now they will do fine to see out a win up in the Highlands.
Dundee’s last win up in Dingwall was way back on the 23rd April 2011. Leighton McIntosh scored the winner.
Dundee hold the Record for the longest unbeaten run in away matches. We went 7 games unbeaten in the highlands from 27.01.2007 to 23.04.2011.
Ross County hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in home matches: They have gone 6 matches unbeaten since 17.12.2011 to the present day.
Leigh Griffiths and Mickael Antoine-Curier are Dundee’s top goalscorers in this tie with 4 goals apiece.
The all-time top goalscorer is County’s Michael Gardyne with 6 goals.
The highest ever attendance for a County v Dundee tie at Dingwall was 4,500 on the 14/02/98. This was Dundee’s first ever competitive tie at Dingwall and was in the Scottish Cup.
Head To Head League Record
Total League Games: 33
Dundee wins: 10
Ross County Wins: 11
Dundee Goals: 42
Ross County Goals: 34
Head To Head Record At Dingwall
Total League Games: 16
Dundee Wins: 4
Ross County Wins: 6
Dundee Goals: 20
Ross County Goals: 18
Dundee 5-2 Ross County, 2nd April 2016, Dens Park
We don’t have to look that far back for a memorable match against Ross County. This tie was an absolute cracker that had some great goals in it, most notably Dundee’s 5th which came from Greg Stewart.
Both clubs had already served up two goal laden league games before this and this match continued the trend. Dundee were absolutely devastating in attack and it was a privilege and a joy to see the type of flair the team produced on this day.
Check out the highlights below as well as a link to the official match report!