Ross County’s fine run of form continued as they won 2-0 at Scottish Premier League strugglers Dundee on Friday.
Derek Adams’ side have not lost in 2013, winning four of their past six fixtures in a surge up the table that has seen them move to equal sixth, just five points away from second-placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Their latest triumph came in front of less than 5,000 fans at Dens Park in Dundee as Barry Smith’s side – who are almost certain to be relegated – failed to build on a 5-1 Scottish Cup win against Greenock Morton last week.
Ross County had an early penalty appeal turned down when Mihael Kovacevic was clattered by Dundee goalkeeper Rab Douglas and the two were involved in another talking point only moments later.
This time Douglas made a good save to deny Kovacevic before the shot-stopper went one better and produced a terrific block to keep out Grant Munro’s strike.
German Steffen Wohlfarth should have done better for County in the early stages of the second half but sent his effort high over the bar before Dundee had a chance to open the scoring.
Left-back Brian Easton also sent a shot over before Ross County’s Sam Morrow saw his strike thud into the post.
It seemed as if it would be just one of those matches where neither team scored but with 10 minutes left, the visitors took a deserved lead.
Paul Lawson was the scorer although controversy surrounded the strike, which came from the edge of the area and hit the bar before bouncing down and – according to the officials – over the line.
Replays were inconclusive and Douglas was booked for dissent while manager Smith also let his frustrations be known.
But the losers could have no complaints about the second goal, scored in the third minute of stoppage time by County substitute Gary Glen.
Glen used his pace to burst clear after Mark Brown’s long ball, and his excellent touch allowed him to round Douglas and tap in the sealer.
Dundee have won just three times in 25 league attempts this season, with their latest defeat seeing them remain 14 points adrift of the second from bottom St Mirren.