Well, that was nice!
Ross County began the Premiership season with an away win at Dens Park over a Dundee F.C. club that it will likely be battling for survival all season long. Some in the media were referring to this match- the opening match of the season!- as a “six pointer,” and I think they were right. As I said earlier today, with the league stronger this season these are just the kind of matches- home or away- that County must win if they hope to survive in the top flight.
While there was much to see that pleased County supporters- two well-taken goals from (somewhat) unlikely players, Michael Gardyne causing all sorts of problems for the opposition, and Scott Fox doing his usual business in the net- I think most would agree that it was the play of the backline of Davies, Naismith, Kelly, and Fraser looked better than any- if not all- of the patchwork defenses that the club trotted out last season. If they can remain healthy and play like they did today the season will only get that much easier.
I also noticed a strong tackle from midfielder Ryan Dow, which I liked almost as much as the goals! Also delightful was the seething of Dundee supporters on social media after the match. Let’s just say that they are none too pleased with the effort put forth by the majority of their players today.
So, it’s only one match and only three points, but it’s a better start than County have had since being promoted to Premiership, and it’s certainly something to build on going forward!
On an unrelated note, Caley may be an entertaining team this year for all the wrong reasons. Is it too soon to start debating whether it will be them or Brechin who are automatically relegated?
Up next, Motherwell travel to Dingwall for a League Cup match on Wednesday.