St Johnstone 1
Dundee 1
League (Premiership)

St Johnstone 

1 - 1


League (Premiership)
Friday, November 27th, 2015
McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 4,598
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Wotherspoon (13) Kane Hemmings (3)

Team Managers
Tommy Wright Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Mannus
2. David MacKay
6. Steven Anderson
14. Joe Shaughnessy
24. Brian Easton
7. Chris Millar
8. Murray Davidson
10. David Wotherspoon
9. Steven MacLean
25. Chris Kane
29. Michael O’Halloran
Scott Bain .1
Julen Etxabeguren .16
James McPake .5
Paul McGinn .19
Kevin Holt .3
Nicky Low .8
Nick Ross .17
Paul McGowan .18
Greg Stewart .7
Kane Hemmings .15
Rory Loy .9

12. Zander Clark
3. Tam Scobbie
22. Darnell Fisher
16. Liam Caddis
27. Craig Thomson
11. John Sutton
31. Greg Hurst
David Mitchell .12
Thomas Konrad .4
Daryll Meggatt .6
Gary Irvine .2
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Gary Harkins .29
Riccardo Calder .20

John Sutton for Chris Kane (75)
Craig Thomson for Steven MacLean (83)
Gary Harkins for Nick Ross (66)
Thomas Konrad for Julen Etxabeguren (75)
Riccardo Calder for Nicky Low (78)

David Wotherspoon (80)
Brian Easton (85)
Julen Etxabeguren (17)
Paul McGowan (23)
Greg Stewart (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Alasdair Ross & Stuart Hodge (Assistants)
Steven Kirkland (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee played out their fourth consecutive 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park in Perth this evening. In a highly entertaining first half both teams had spells on top. The Dark Blues took the lead through Kane Hemmings third minute goal only for David Wotherspoon to equalise after 13 minutes. Neither side could find a way to break the deadlock on a difficult pitch during an even second half.

Dundee made only one change following their draw at Tynecastle. Nicky Low replaced Kevin Thomson. Saints went with the same players that secured their fourth consecutive league win at Tannadice.

The Dark Blues got off to a flying start and in the first two minutes Rory Loy and Kane Hemmings both forced saves from Saints' keeper Allan Mannus. Each time the keeper needed two goes at grabbing the ball. Mannus had no chance when the Dee took the lead after three minutes. Greg Stewart turned a lovely pass on for HEMMINGS to stride on and lash a low shot into the corner of the net from 20 yards.

The travelling supporters were delighted with the Dark Blues performance as the midfield snapped into their game and provided plenty of possession for the front three. The forwards were moving and combining well with Saints struggling to contain them.

Saints equaliser was something of a surprise. The Dark Blues defence had barely been in the game in the first 10 minutes. The home side's early attempts to attack had misfired but they put their game together perfectly to open up the Dark Blues in their first serious attack. Kane released O'Halloran on the right and he cut in to set up David WOTHERSPOON to score from 12 yards off the underside of the crossbar.

The goal transformed the game, lifting Saints out of the doldrums. They were now looking much more like the form side that has been climbing the league over the last few weeks. Dundee were pressed back for 10 minutes, which they endured without allowing Saints any further chances.

Saints purple patch came while the rain was lashing down. After weathering the Perth storm the Dark Blues came back strongly as conditions improved. Greg Stewart was combining well with Loy and Hemmings, and Stewart had a couple of shots at the end of neat moves without troubling Mannus.

The home keeper's most difficult moment late in the first half was from a short backpass by Steven Anderson. Mannus just beat Loy in the race for the loose ball. An enjoyable first half ended with play surging from end to end as both teams gave their supporters something to cheer.

The Dark Blues looked the sharper side when the game restarted, but in spite of some pleasing, early attacking play there was little for Allan Mannus to worry about. In fact, neither goalkeeper had to make a save till Mannus parried a late shot from Stewart.

Dundee's dominance lasted only a few minutes and both teams were evenly matched for the last 40 minutes of the match. There were regular flashes of creativity but for the most part the two teams were cancelling each other out. Neither team was able to recreate the incisive attacks that had produced the first half goals. Alltoo often promising opportunities petered out on a tricky pitch that was cutting up badly.

Gary Harkins replaced Nick Ross midway through the second half. After 75 minutes Thomas Konrad came on for the injured Julen Extabeguren. Dundee continued to play some neat football, without either opening up Saints or looking like losing a goal. Riccardo Calder came on for the last 15 minutes during which he had a couple of good runs and crosses.

A draw away to a team in terrific form is certainly a good result, and there was plenty to admire in Dundee's performance. The defence was sound and the midfield was hard working and linking well with the forwards, who all looked dangerous in spells. This away point was not earned by sitting back and grinding out the draw. Dundee came to McDiarmid Park and tried to win against a good side. A draw was a fair result for both sides, neither of whom can have any complaint about the outcome.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at November 27th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 17 - 43 -
Paul McGinn25 17 - 562
James McPake31 122504
Julen Etxabeguren24 12 - 12 -
Kevin Holt22 142142
Paul McGowan28 12 - 461
Nick Ross24 17 - 17 -
Nicky Low23 10 - 10 -
Kane Hemmings24 166166
Greg Stewart25 1755620
Rory Loy27 127127
Thomas Konrad (sub)26 15 - 522
Gary Harkins (sub)30 13 - 14429
Riccardo Calder (sub)19 8 - 8 -

League Table (as at November 27th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.