St Johnstone 0
Dundee 0
League (First Division)


St Johnstone 

0 - 0

Dundee


League (First Division)
Saturday, February 28th, 2009
McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 7,238
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Main
2. Stuart McCaffrey
3. Kevin Rutkiewicz
4. Richie Byrne
5. Gary Irvine
6. Liam Craig
7. Chris Millar
8. Kevin Moon
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Derek Holmes
11. Steven Milne
Robert Douglas .1
Eric Paton .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
David Cowan .4
Eddie Malone .5
Andrew Shinnie .6
Paul McHale .7
Colin Cameron .8
Georgios Efrem .9
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .10
Colin McMenamin .11

Bench
12. Euan Mclean
14. Graham Gartland
15. Paul Sheerin
16. Martin Hardie
17. Graham Barrett
Ludovic Roy .12
Jim Laughlan .14
Chris Pozniak .15
Frédéric Daquin .16
Mark Gilhaney .17

Substitutions
Paul Sheerin for Gavin Swankie (46)
Martin Hardie for Kevin Moon (76)
Graham Barrett for Steven Milne (79)
None.

Cautions
None. Colin McMenamin (42)
Gary Mackenzie (78)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)
Martin Cryans & Gary Kirkwood (Assistants)



Match Report


Dundee were expected to line up as they did three weeks ago away to Livingston as Eddie Malone returned from suspension and Jim Lauchlan was back in training. However, Lauchlan was only fit enough to make the bench and fellow centre back Craig McKeown also missed out due to injury. Illness to Kyle Benedictus also meant that Gary Mackenzie came back into the starting line up paired with David Cowan in central defence.

As the match got underway the large travelling support was still steaming through the turnstiles and along with the home support they had come in hope of three points. The pitch was a big talking point pre match and although it looked ok less than 24 hours after a Rugby match had taken place on it there was to be little football played on it.

St. Johnstone had the first chance and a long ball played into the box saw ex Dee Steven Milne get there just before Rab Douglas but the keeper presence was enough to make the striker turn it wide. The first of many set pieces in the game came in the form of Dundee's first real attack and Saints cleared easily from Eric Paton's delivery.

A Dundee coner then caused more trouble for The Dark Blues than the unbeaten in 19 games Saints. Andrew Shinnie drilled it across and the home side broke away, Milne again involved played the ball between the two Dundee defenders sitting back but Douglas was first to the ball with Kevin Moon who was chasing it down.

Liam Craig saw a shot fly just wide before Colin McMenamin. picked up a booking for a late challenge as the Dundee fans who had failed to find a seat in the already packed stand they were supposed to be were moved round the track to the stand at the opposite end of the ground.

Dundee's first real chance came when Mickael Antoine Curier found himself out wide left and curled the ball across for strike partner McMenamin. The man who was booked only a couple of minute before had the away fans on their feet but his header came off Saints defender Stuart McCaffrey before Main smoothed the ball.

More corners and free kick came as Dundee kept up some pressure but top of the table Saints dealed with everything thrown at them with relative ease. The pitch at this stage was not handling the match all that well. As both sides at least tried to get the ball down and pass it the bobble was not making it easy for them to work it about.

Efrem cut in from the left and hit a low shot which Main was more than comfortable getting down to hold. Saints then had a chance when Craig's free kick found Moon just outside the box and he hit another shot wide of Douglas goal. There was time for one more chance in the half and it fell to the man who opened the scoring at Dens last weekend.

Dundee launched the ball forward and Richie Byrne's header away fell for Shinnie on the edge of the box, the on

loan Rangers man took a touch before lashing a shot just over Main's goal. Saints had a penalty shout just before the whistle as Milne went down when Eddie Malone eased him off the ball just inside the area. Former Dee Gavin Swankie was replaced at the break, Paul Sheerin the man coming on for the home side.

Moon who was St. Johnstone's most impressive player throughout the game had the first two chances of the second half. First he volleyed over before having a shot from outside the box deflected behind. Saints continued to have all the efforts on goal and Paul Sheerin almost caught out Douglas when he was off his line but the substitutes lob was well wide.

Dundee had a chance to break the deadlock when Paton. crossed from the right but Efrem headed up and Main rushed from his goal to pluck it out of the air. The home side then had a big penalty shout when Milne turned past Mackenzie in the area and went down, referee Steve Conroy wasn't interested but the former Dee thought he should have had a spot kick.

Paton again crossed from the right after a set piece was cleared by Saints and this time MacKenzie was the man on the end of it but the defender headed straight at Main. Both sides had further corners but again both defences were right on top.

Andrew Shinnie then made his way in the box on the left hand side but his low cut back was out of reach of Curier at the back post. The next chance of the match came when Shinnie and fellow loanee from Rangers Giorgos Efrem combined to find Paul McHale just outside the box but the midfielders low show was wide.

As the game reached a point when both sides were maybe thinking it was best not to lose rather than to go for a win both teams had their best chances. Saints sub Martin Hardie picked it up on the edge of the box when Derek Holmes headed it down to him and the midfielder fired a shot over the bar when he should have done better.

A minute later and Dundee could have snatched all three points, Curier laid the ball off to Shinnie and he drilled a low shot at goal, it seemed to be going just wide but Main got down well to tip it away to make sure.

Gary Mackenzie picked up a booking for a late challenge shortly before Conroy's whistle brought an end to the match. In the end a draw wasn't a terrible result for either side, Saint kept their unbeaten going and Dundee are far from out of the title race.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at February 28th, 2009)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 27 - 160 -
David Cowan26 16 - 30 -
Gary Mackenzie23 13 - 741
Eddie Malone23 27 - 551
Eric Paton30 264264
Colin Cameron36 5 - 5 -
Paul McHale27 211644
Andrew Shinnie19 121121
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 26113720
Georgios Efrem19 3232
Colin McMenamin28 213339






League Table (as at February 28th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.