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League (First Division)
George Shaw (10)
Billy Thomson .1
Barry Smith .2
Robbie Raeside .3
David Winnie .4
Paul Tosh .5
Dariusz Adamczuck .6
Kevin Bain .7
Chic Charnley .8
Tommy McQueen .9
Gary McKeown .10
George Shaw .11
Iain Anderson .12
Kevin Magee .14
Craig Tully .15
Iain Anderson for George Shaw
Kevin Magee for Gary McKeown
Craig Tully for Chic Charnley
B. Orr (Kilbarchan) (Referee)
Pint-sized striker George Shaw rose from his sick-bed to steer Dundee to the top of the table then admitted: "I'm cream crackered".
Shaw's 10th-minute killer goal snapped St Johnstone's 19-game unbeaten run at McDiarmid Park which stretched back to last September.
Shaw emerged from the shower to reveal that he had only trained once last week - on Monday.
The rest of the time he's been confined to bed with a virus and only played after testing himself with a short jog around the stadium.
The former Partick Thistle man said "The manager told me that their goal keeper came off his line and I just clipped it over him. It's lucky the chance came early, otherwise I don't think I would have had strength to score."
The clinically-taken goal was Shaw's third of the season and he added: "Things are going well - top of the league and in the Coca Cola cup semi final. "But it's only into the first quarter of the season, and if we're still at the top in May then I'll be happy."
Dens Park gaffer, Jim Duffy, praised Shaw and said: "He really has been sick, but it says a lot for him and the team for the way they played."
Duffy revealed that Dundee had carried out his game-plan to perfection. He admitted that they came to McDiarmid Park to defend and to attempt to catch Saints on the break.
He said: "We've worked hard on that all week, and the boys were psyched up for it.
"George ran himself into the ground as he usually does. But we took the pressure and played as a team. There were no real individuals who stood out."
The result was sweet revenge for Dundee who were whipped 5-1 by the Perth outfit in the Challenge Cup at Dens Park two weeks ago. Saints struggled in midfield and their finishing was woeful.
Assistant boss John Blackley, admitted to being down after the final whistle.
He said: "We've won only one point out of our last nine - that's not championship football or anything near it.
"I hope it's a little pause, but it's back to the drawing board and, hopefully, we'll get things sorted out."
He added that they failed to create any real chances, but said: "All credit to Dundee. They came to get behind the ball and that's exactly what they did."
Shaw's goal against the run of play deepened the gloom around McDiarmid Park, for Saints have now taken only one point out of a possible nine.
The Tayside team's victory is their third in a row. And it keeps confidence sky-high in the Dens camp, with the Coca Cola semi-final just around the corner.
Saints started well and Philip Scott flashed the ball inches over with a right foot drive after a neat move involving striker Roddie Grant, George O'Boyle and Leigh Jenkinson.
But their early sparkle vanished after Shaw's goal and, despite having the lion's share of possession they were unable to turn that into goals.
They huffed and puffed as Dundee soaked up wave upon wave of attack, and as the clock ticked on Saints became more and more desperate.
Match report written by Sunday Mail
|Billy Thomson (GK)||-||12||-||12||-|
|Craig Tully (sub)||20||3||-||8||-|
|Kevin Magee (sub)||-||10||1||10||1|
|Iain Anderson (sub)||-||9||-||47||4|
No league table has been added for this season.