TIM Chow set Ross County on their way to three crucial points over Dundee – then vowed to help fire the club further up the Ladbrokes Premiership.
On a night of high winds in Dingwall, Chow knocked home a Liam Boyce cut-back after just seven minutes on Tuesday to put the struggling Staggies ahead, having kicked off just three points ahead of rock-bottom Inverness CT.
A Darren O’Dea penalty, just before half-time after Marcus Fraser had tripped Henrik Ojamaa, restored parity for a Dee side who had lost five on the spin, their previous game being a 7-0 mauling by Aberdeen.
The match was on a knife-edge when with 10 minutes left Jim O’Brien was shown a second yellow card for, according to referee John Beaton, diving in the box.
County found a way to clinch the win to move them above the visitors into eighth spot when they were awarded a penalty in the final minute.
Michael Gardyne, who had got little change out of Cammy Kerr all night, got the better of him and was brought down in the box.
Liam Boyce, who partnered Craig Curran in attack, fired home from the spot in the final minute to earn Ross County only their second league victory of 2017.
In stoppage time, Dundee’s Danny Williams was also sent off after getting involved in a heated bust-up following a penalty claim which was denied to the visitors.
It was only Chow’s second goal of the season, but it came at a crucial time and he told the NS he kept a promise to a popular supporter and helper around the club Roddy MacKenzie from Gairloch that he’d hit the net if given a start.
He explained: "It was a massive result. We knew going into the game that we had to win it. There was no other option. It wasn’t pretty at times and it was a battle but the most important thing was that we got the three points. It was a win that we needed. It was really pleasing to score.
"I told Roddy, who helps with hospitality at home matches and travels with the team undertaking kit duties, that I would score, so I dedicate that goal to him. That was nice. I have not had as many as I would have liked this season, but like the team overall, hopefully I can kick on personally and get more.
"I told Roddy on Saturday that if I play I will score, so that one was for him."