Dundee 1-4 Ross County
Alex Schalk scored twice to end Ross County’s long run without a win with a 4-1 victory at Dundee.
The Staggies were without a win since the start of November – a run stretching 13 matches – and started the day six points adrift at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Davis Keillor-Dunn opened the scoring before Kerr Waddell equalised, but Schalk struck twice and Tim Chow scored late on to give the visitors a first win since the start of November and breathe life into their fight against relegation.
Right from the first whistle, County looked in a confident mood despite their recent run and they started the game on the front foot.
Schalk was at the centre of things and almost got an assist in the second minute after holding the ball up in the area before Keillor-Dunn’s curling effort was tipped over after a fine move.
Schalk then bullied Kevin Holt into a mistake in the corner, before pulling the ball back to David N’Gog who spooned his shot over from close-range when he should have scored to give the visitors a deserved lead.
That was as good as it got for either side in the first-half as Dundee slowly grew into the game but offered very little threat in front of goal.
The second half started much the same as the first, and after Elliott Parish saved brilliantly from N’Gog, the deadlock was finally broken through the lively Keillor-Dunn.
The winger picked the ball up from the corner and his curling effort dropped into the far corner to give the visitors a deserved lead in the 49th minute.
It did not last long however as Dee scored with their first real effort on target.
After winning a corner on the break, Paul McGowan swung a high cross into the box and Waddell climbed high at the back post to head down and into the bottom corner before the visitors turned the game on its head with two goals in quick succession.
First Schalk latched onto a mistake from Lewis Spence at the back before finishing coolly. Three minutes later, a smart backheel from Keillor-Dunn played the attacker through and Schalk once again was clinical to open up a 3-1 lead and secure his second successive brace.
Chow completed a convincing win with a fine finish through the legs of Parish to give Owen Coyle’s side an important three points to close the gap at the bottom.