Dundee 2
St Johnstone 0
League (Premiership)

2 - 0
St Johnstone 

League (Premiership)
Friday, February 12th, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,876
7:45 PM Kick-off

Kane Hemmings (21)
Kane Hemmings (51)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
21. Darren O'Dea
19. Paul McGinn
4. Thomas Konrad
3. Kevin Holt
29. Gary Harkins
17. Nick Ross
18. Paul McGowan
7. Greg Stewart
15. Kane Hemmings
9. Rory Loy
Alan Mannus .1
Tam Scobbie .3
Steven Anderson .6
Joe Shaughnessy .14
Simon Lappin .4
Murray Davidson .8
David Wotherspoon .10
Danny Swanson .16
Darnell Fisher .22
Steven MacLean .9
Graham Cummins .18

12. David Mitchell
30. Cammy Kerr
16. Julen Etxabeguren
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
8. Nicky Low
33. Craig Wighton
22. Arturo Rodriguez
Zander Clark .12
Liam Craig .26
Michael Doyle .5
Chris Millar .7
Craig Thomson .27
Chris Kane .25
John Sutton .11

Nicky Low for Rory Loy (81)
Julen Etxabeguren for Gary Harkins (86)
Liam Craig for David Wotherspoon (60)
Chris Kane for Graham Cummins (69)
John Sutton for Steven MacLean (70)

Darren O'Dea (66)
Greg Stewart (90)
Darnell Fisher (58)
Graham Cummins (66)
Murray Davidson (76)
Danny Swanson (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
Alan Mulvanny & Graeme Leslie (Assistants)
Greig Aitken (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A slick and attractive Dundee beat St Johnstone 2-0 at Dens Park tonight thanks to two more goals by top scorer Kane Hemmings. The win was even more emphatic than the scoreline suggests. The Dark Blues dominated from the first minute and delighted the supporters with the quality of their football.

The Dark Blues fielded an unchanged line-up, with even the same seven substitutes that were named against Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup. Saints made two changes to central midfield; Murray Davidson and Simon Lapping replaced Chris Millar and Liam Craig.

Dundee were on the attack right from the first whistle. In the first minute smart play between Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart gave Gary Harkins a chance from the edge of the penalty area, but he missed the target. Another lovely move saw Harkins and Hemmings combine for Stewart to flash a shot wide.

Saints gave the Dee a scare with a fast break from defending a corner, but Darnell Fisher shot well over the bar from 20 yards. The Saints defender was then left badly exposed when facing Hemmings with no cover. The Dee's top scorer neatly evaded him but shot beyond the far post.

Dundee deservedly took the lead after 21 minutes. Yet more patient attacking ended with Nick Ross finding Stewart, who lost his man cleverly and cracked in an 18 yard shot that Alan Mannus couldn't hold. Showing great striker's instincts HEMMINGS was instantly on the scene to smack the loose ball into the net for a real poacher's goal.

The Dark Blues remained firmly in charge for the rest of the game. Whereas Saints struggled to keep the ball and make positive passes Dundee were holding possession and playing a clever and effective passing game. The Dark Blues' attacks were always imaginative and pressed home with great determination.

St Johnstone managed to hold on till half time without conceding again. They started the second half strongly, pushing Dundee back for the first few minutes. The nearest they came to a chance, however, was a good low cross by Wotherspoon that zipped across goal.

Whereas Saints' attacks were laboured, the first time Dundee moved forward after the break they ripped through the Perth defence to score an excellent second goal. Gary Harkins caught Danny Swanson napping in midfield and helped himself to the ball. He quickly sent HEMMINGS racing into the penalty area to smash home a superb angled finish from 16 yards. It was the sort of goal that makes Dark Blues' supporters very relieved the transfer window is shut!

Dundee remained in impressive control, dominating Saints all over the park. Stewart should have made it three when he danced into the penalty area and shot agains the underside of the crossbar.

Late on Saints had a short spell of pressure, but they lacked the composure to give Dundee serious problems. Their use of the ball was consistently poor and their attacks usually ended with a dreadful final ball. Substitute Liam Craig did force a save from Scott Bain with an angled drive, and Darnell Fisher's long range effort had to be tipped over the bar by the Dee keeper.

The closing minutes were spent with Dundee holding the ball coolly and probing for a third goal they would have richly deserved. Saints, on the other hand, wasted possession when the ball did come their way.

Dundee were impressive all through the team tonight. They maintained a high standard of performance for the whole match, keeping their focus right to the end to ensure they recorded a welcome clean sheet. The Dee's attacking was a joy to watch, but the two holding midfielders deserve special praise. Paul McGowan and Nick Ross were superb in that area, breaking up Saints' moves, holding the ball, and starting wave after wave of Dark Blue attacks. They were often outnumbered in central midfield, but they dominated their opponents and contributed hugely to a comfortable victory that takes the Dee into fifth place. It might just have been a 2-0 win, but Dundee were much better tonight than that mundane scoreline suggests.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 12th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 28 - 54 -
Thomas Konrad26 25 - 622
Paul McGinn25 27 - 662
Darren O'Dea29 5 - 5 -
Kevin Holt23 242242
Gary Harkins31 24415533
Paul McGowan28 231572
Nick Ross24 271271
Kane Hemmings24 27182718
Greg Stewart25 2776622
Rory Loy27 227227
Julen Etxabeguren (sub)24 16 - 16 -
Nicky Low (sub)24 20 - 20 -

League Table (as at February 12th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome to Dens for our match with St Johnstone.

I'd like to welcome Tommy Wright and his back room staff along to the game as well as both sets of supporters. We had a break from the league action last weekend with a tricky tie away to Dumbarton in poor conditions.

I thought we dominated the game in terms of possession of the ball and the chances we created, I don't think we were under any real pressure at any time.

The pitch and wind were tricky, the good thing is that we have another chance at it later this month.

We felt we should have had the match won at Dumbarton but it wasn't to be so we look forward to the replay.

We have to give Dumbarton credit for the way they lined up, worked hard and tried to stop us from playing. They got men behind the ball and didn't give us much space to go and play, but we kept going and tried to create chances.

The energy levels from the players has been a key point to our game and we are confident we can go through in the replay but we will show Dumbarton the respect they deserve when they come to Dens.

Looking at tonight's game we have had two close games with St. Johnstone this season so we know we are in for a tough game this evening. They are a good side and we will have to be at our best to take the points tonight.

Enjoy the game.