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Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Gavin Rae misses to the left of the goal.
Colin McMenamin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Anderson. Colin McMenamin is shown a yellow card. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes by Stuart Kettlewell. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Johnny Hayes.
Marc Fitzpatrick is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.
Alex Cooper on for Iain Vigurs.
Colin McMenamin comes on in place of Steven Ross.
Header from close range by Russell Anderson clears the bar.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser by Scott Boyd results in a free kick. Ryan Fraser takes the free kick.
Chris Clark fouled by Mark Fotheringham, the ref awards a free kick. Russell Anderson takes the free kick.
Niall McGinn finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ross County 2-1 Aberdeen.Johnny Hayes provided the assist for the goal.
Iain Vigurs concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Hayes. Johnny Hayes restarts play with the free kick. Johnny Hayes decides to take the corner short.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Mark Fotheringham. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save made by Michael Fraser.
Inswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line, Michael Fraser makes a save.
Johnny Hayes on for Scott Vernon.
Corner taken by Isaac Osbourne, Scott Vernon has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
The referee blows for offside against Steven Ross. Russell Anderson takes the indirect free kick.
Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Michael Fraser.
Ryan Fraser fouled by Grant Munro, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Clark takes the indirect free kick.
Cameron Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Considine.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mihael Kovacevic on Niall McGinn. Ryan Fraser takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser from the left by-line to the near post, Stuart Kettlewell manages to make a clearance.
Steven Ross finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Richard Brittain.
Ryan Fraser takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Mihael Kovacevic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Isaac Osbourne by Stuart Kettlewell. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
Scott Vernon has a headed effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Rae on Stuart Kettlewell. Booking for Gavin Rae. Grant Munro takes the indirect free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Scott Vernon misses to the left of the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Ross. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Brittain. Scott Boyd takes the free kick.
Grant Munro concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Anderson. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Chris Clark challenges Iain Vigurs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Iain Vigurs.
Scott Vernon takes a shot.
Headed own goal by Mark Reynolds. Ross County 1-0 Aberdeen.
Unfair challenge on Steven Ross by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Richard Brittain takes the free kick.
Mark Reynolds takes a shot. Save by Michael Fraser.
Unfair challenge on Isaac Osbourne by Stuart Kettlewell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Clark.
Richard Brittain has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Isaac Osbourne on Richard Brittain, free kick awarded. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
Stuart Kettlewell fouled by Mark Reynolds, the ref awards a free kick. Iain Vigurs restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Rocco Quinn. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Mark Fotheringham takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield. Corner taken left-footed by Iain Vigurs to the near post, clearance by Isaac Osbourne.
Mark Fotheringham takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Isaac Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Kettlewell. Direct free kick taken by Richard Brittain.
Scott Boyd fouled by Scott Vernon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Fraser.
Mihael Kovacevic concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Fraser. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Stuart Kettlewell challenges Isaac Osbourne unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Stuart Kettlewell for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Gary Naysmith.
Mihael Kovacevic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser. Ryan Fraser restarts play with the free kick.
Richard Brittain produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Gavin Rae fouled by Richard Brittain, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Clark.
(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Chris Clark coming on for Stephen Hughes.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Rocco Quinn. Rocco Quinn is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Gary Naysmith.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Isaac Osbourne on Mark Fotheringham. Richard Brittain takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds by Steven Ross. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Hughes eager to bounce back from cup loss
Midfielder Stephen Hughes is confident Aberdeen's midweek Scottish Communities League Cup exit will not derail their impressive run in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The Dons were dumped out by St Mirren on penalties at Pittodrie on Tuesday night, as the Paisley club upset the odds to book their place in the last four of the competition.
The result was only Aberdeen's second defeat of the season - having lost to Celtic on the opening day - and Hughes claims confidence is still high ahead of Saturday with Ross County.
He told RedTV: "We were disappointed and it was a good chance for us.
"But we just have to pick ourselves up and focus on the Ross County game and getting back to winning ways in the league.
"All we can do is take our good league form into the Ross County game and hopefully pick up the three points.
"We were put out on penalties and that's what people need to remember - we weren't beat by two or three goals.
"We were confident going into the game and we're confident after the game.
"We've got good league form just now and we want to keep that up."
Hughes is well aware of the task facing the Dons ahead of the trip to Dingwall but says they are relishing the challenge of attempting to claim a result in the Highlands.
He added: "We know it's going to be difficult going up to County because they're a good team and they've got a good record up there, but we look forward to it and we will try to banish the memory of Tuesday.
"They don't lose many games up there so it's going to be difficult but it's a challenge we look forward to."
The former Rangers and Motherwell midfielder is satisfied with his own form but insists competition for places will not allow him to rest on his laurels.
Hughes said: "I'm happy but you can always do better. I'm just happy to be playing but I need to keep myself in the team.
"There's a big squad here and there are a lot of players on the bench and in the stand who are looking to take my place.
"Hopefully I can contribute to the team and stay in the team."
Dons boss Craig Brown will make a late decision on Andrew Considine and Ryan Fraser. Considine has been out of action with an ankle injury, while Fraser has been struggling with illness. Ryan Jack, Rory Fallon, Jamie Masson and Rob Milson are all sidelined.
County manager Derek Adams has backed his team to raise their game again as the Global Energy Stadium prepares for one of its biggest crowds.
The visiting support were well on their way to buying all of their allocation for Aberdeen's first competitive game in Dingwall.
Former Dons player Adams said: "It's been a sell-out of Aberdeen tickets, we have sold 2,000 to away fans, so it will be a very good atmosphere.
"We always rise to the occasion against the bigger teams and none come bigger than Aberdeen.
"We drew 0-0 at Pittodrie and it was quite an entertaining game but both teams have made changes since that game.
"They are on a very good unbeaten run in the SPL but we are trying to cut the gap between ourselves and them to three points so it's all to play for."
The goalless draw in August was indicative of both teams' start to the season, when defences were on top in most matches, but that situation has turned around emphatically.
County's first six SPL matches yielded a total of just three goals but their subsequent five games produced 25.
Aberdeen were involved in three goalless draws in their opening six SPL matches but have hit 11 goals in their past five, with Niall McGinn on target in each after returning from an ankle injury.
And Adams was impressed with Aberdeen's attacking options as he watched them exit the cup following a 2-2 draw against St Mirren.
"I was there and I thought Aberdeen played very well in the first half and were unfortunate not to go further ahead," he said.
"I thought McGinn was excellent the other night, he links up well with the midfield but looks to get in behind as well.
"Jonny Hayes came in and caused St Mirren problems. They have got good options in the wider areas and strength in depth in midfield."
County forward Sam Morrow returns from injury but midfielders Paul Lawson and Russell Duncan are still absent. Alex Cooper (ankle) and Mark Corcoran (groin) are back in training following injury but the latter is not ready to play.
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