St Johnstone 1
Dundee 0
League (Premiership)

St Johnstone 

1 - 0


League (Premiership)
Saturday, April 11th, 2015
McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 6,386
3:00 PM Kick-off

Brian Graham (26) None.

Team Managers
Tommy Wright Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Mannus
2. David MacKay
5. Frazer Wright
6. Steven Anderson
24. Brian Easton
4. Simon Lappin
7. Chris Millar
10. David Wotherspoon
9. Steven MacLean
14. Brian Graham
29. Michael O’Halloran
Scott Bain .12
Paul McGinn .19
Thomas Konrad .4
Willie Dyer .3
Stephen McGinn .48
Jim McAlister .20
Simon Ferry .11
Iain Davidson .6
Paul McGowan .18
Greg Stewart .15
David Clarkson .16

15. Steve Banks
3. Tam Scobbie
19. Gary Miller
20. Scott Brown
11. Danny Swanson
17. James McFadden
25. Chris Kane
Kyle Letheren .1
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Andrew Black .24
Alex Harris .47
Calvin Colquhoun .35
Craig Wighton .33
Paul Heffernan .49

Chris Kane for Brian Graham (77)
Danny Swanson for Michael O'Halloran (84)
Tam Scobbie for Brian Easton (89)
Craig Wighton for David Clarkson (65)
Paul Heffernan for Simon Ferry (68)
Alex Harris for Jim McAlister (79)

None. Paul McGinn (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Graeme Leslie & Ross Haswell (Assistants)
Colin Steven (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee failed to clinch their place in the Premiership's top six in a disappointing 1-0 defeat against St Johnstone in Perth. Brian Graham scored Saints' winner in the first half of a poor game on a terrible pitch. Although Dundee dominated the second half they couldn't find the inspiration they needed for a goal that would have given them a deserved draw.

Dundee made three changes from Wednesday night's derby victory. Kevin Thomson and James McPake had to drop out, and were replaced by Simon Ferry and Iain Davidson. Paul Heffernan moved to the bench and David Clarkson started.

The early stages could not have been more different from the blood and thunder of the derby. With both sides passing the ball around cagily in midfield neither goalkeeper had anything to trouble them in the first 20 minutes.

Greg Stewart was looking dangerous on the left and had the Saints defence backtracking frantically after he skinned former Dee full back Dave Mackay. However, he was eventually crowded out and that was the frustrating story for most of the match.

Dundee were moving the ball around patiently in midfield, but lacked the pace and urgency they needed in the final third to turn promising moves into goal chances.

Saints' Allan Mannus was the first keeper into action after 20 minutes when he saved well from Paul McGowan after a neat passing move finally penetrated the home penalty area.

However, it was Saints who took the lead slightly against the run of play after 26 minutes. In contrast to Dundee the home side had been showing plenty of urgency in their attacks, but in their haste they usually made a hash of their moves. When Dundee gave the ball away carelessly in midfield Saints managed to get it right. Brian GRAHAM ran in from the left and curled a neat finish around Scott Bain to open the scoring.

The Dundee defence had been looking fairly secure, but they went through a nervous spell after conceding the goal. A more alert team than Saints would have punished some sloppy defending by the Dee.

The first half ended with Dundee pressing for an equaliser, and they came desperately close a minute before the break. Stewart attacked from the right and a tackle sent the ball ricocheting across the penalty area for Clarkson to smash a volley against the post from 15 yards. The ball rebounded to him but, off balance, he knocked it over the bar.

The Dark Blues showed more urgency after the break as they switched to 4-4-2 with Stewart joining Clarkson attacking through the middle. Unfortunately the dreadful pitch made it very difficult to run with the ball and both sides struggled to play composed football.

Dundee came close again when a Paul McGinn cross was deflected, looping high into the air and dropping at the far post where Mannus lost the ball. Clarkson pounced, but couldn't force the ball past the defenders on the line.

A Stewart corner on the hour triggered a scramble in the Saints' goalmouth, but Dundee couldn't turn the ball home. The Dark Blues had to survive a scramble in their own goalmouth shortly afterwards, but Davidson cleared.

In the middle of the half St Johnstone had a brief spell of pressure in which Graham turned and forced a comfortable save by Bain. Normal service was then resumed as Dundee pressed, rather unconvincingly, for an equaliser.

Craig Wighton came on for David Clarkson, and then Paul Heffernan replaced Simon Ferry. The changes gave Dundee more mobility and pace in attack. Wighton had a good run into the area, but mishit his shot as the defence closed in on him.

The last 20 minutes saw Dundee pressing constantly as St Johnstone defended in depth. Dundee played the ball around the home penalty area for long spells looking for an opening, but Saints' defence held firm. Alex Harris replaced Jim McAlister for the last 15 minutes, but frustratingly the Dark Blues couldn't turn domination of the game outside the penalty area into serious danger to Mannus's goal.

In spite of a very poor midfield and attacking performance by Saints in the second half they were able to hold on for a win, for which their defence deserves all the credit.

Today was something of a come down after the excitement and euphoria of the derby victory. Possibly the frantic exertions of Wednesday night had taken too much out of the players. The Dark Blues worked hard, trying to pass the ball fluently on a bumpy pitch that wrecked good football, but they couldn't quite summon the inspiration to grab the goals they deserved.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at April 11th, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 23 - 23 -
Willie Dyer28 20 - 46 -
Thomas Konrad25 322322
Paul McGinn24 332332
Iain Davidson31 121825
Simon Ferry27 191191
Jim McAlister29 35111911
Stephen McGinn26 9191
Paul McGowan27 301301
David Clarkson29 239239
Greg Stewart25 34153415
Alex Harris (sub)20 131131
Paul Heffernan (sub)33 4141
Craig Wighton (sub)17 141283

League Table (as at April 11th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.