Dundee Utd v Ross County reaction

Dundee Utd v Ross County reaction

Published Sep. 15, 2012 9:16 a.m. ET

Derek Adams praised Ross County's resilience after they extended their unbeaten league run to 40 games with a 0-0 draw at Dundee United.

The Irn-Bru First Division champions have made an impressive start to life in the Scottish Premier League, conceding just once in their opening six matches, and that was during a 1-1 draw with title holders Celtic.

"We've had a difficult start to the season and to go unbeaten and move up the league again, we're delighted with the progress we're making," said Adams, whose side last lost 13 months ago at Hamilton. "It's a great record."

Victory for either side at Tannadice on Friday night 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.

Adams added: "I thought we dealt well with the pressure Dundee United put us under towards the end of the game. They had a lot of corners and crosses into the box. That was always going to be the case.

"It's another good performance and another point along the way. In the end I think it's a fair result overall."

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

United boss Peter Houston bemoaned his side's lack of cutting edge but paid tribute to Adams' side for their run.

Houston said: "They're getting draws in the SPL because they're working very, very hard as a team. They're getting behind the ball.

"It's up to us to try to score goals against them. We never managed that. There's a lot of positives to take. What we need to work on now is where we're going to get our goals from."

Houston had few complaints about the possible penalty and was pleased with the impact of his young players.

"Some you get, some you don't and on this occasion we didn't get it," said Houston, who was without captain Jon Daly, last season's top scorer.

"Up until the final third we were excellent. We missed the presence of Daly and Gary Mackay-Steven."

Houston is uncertain on a time scale for the return of Daly, who underwent a scan earlier this week.

He added: "It could be a couple of weeks. Jon has had dodgy knees over the last number of years."