Dundee 0
St Johnstone 4
League (Premiership)

0 - 4
St Johnstone 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,336
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Jordan Piggott (o.g) (24)
Chris Kane (37)
Blair Alston (64)
Chris Kane (66)

Team Managers
Neil McCann
Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
12. Elliot Parish
15. Jon Aurtenetxe
4. Steven Caulker
2. Cammy Kerr
24. Josh Meekings
27. Jesse Curran
21. Roarie Deacon
14. Mark O'Hara
28. Lewis Spence
7. A-Jay Leitch-Smith
17. Simon Murray
Alan Mannus .1
Scott Tanser .3
Joe Shaughnessy .5
Steven Anderson .6
Jason Kerr .15
Blair Alston .4
Chris Millar .7
Murray Davidson .8
Liam Craig .26
Steven MacLean .9
Chris Kane .25

38. Calum Ferrie
5. Genséric Kusunga
6. Darren O'Dea
40. Jordan Piggott
47. Jack Lambert
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
9. Sofien Moussa
Zander Clark .12
Liam Gordon .23
Aaron Comrie .14
Kyle McClean .20
David Wotherspoon .10
George Williams .11
Denny Johnstone .17

Jordan Piggott for Lewis Spence (19)
Sofien Moussa for Cammy Kerr (46)
Faissal El Bakhtaoui for Simon Murray (66)
David Wotherspoon for Blair Alston (73)
Kyle McClean for Chris Millar (80)

Roarie Deacon (28)
Jordan Piggott (76)
Chris Millar (40)
Murray Davidson (78)
David Wotherspoon (78)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)
John McCrossan & Brian Templeton (Assistants)
Craig Napier (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A Chris Kane double, as well as a Jordan Piggott own goal and Blair Alston’s strike consigned Dundee to defeat against St Johnstone this afternoon. A-Jay Leitch-Smith, Jesse Curran and Lewis Spence replaced the suspended Paul McGowan and Glen Kamara, while Sofien Moussa dropped to the bench as Neil McCann made three changes to the side beaten by Motherwell last time out.

The visitors had the better of the play in the opening stages, but a series of corners were all dealt with by the Dundee backline. A free kick from 20 yards presented Saints with the first clear cut chance of the game, but Liam Craig didn’t trouble Elliott Parish with his low strike.

Moments later, the Dee lost Lewis Spence to injury, and Jordan Piggott entered the action 18 minutes into the match.

Saints made their pressure pay after 24 minutes when Steven Anderson chested the ball into Murray Davidson, whose shot spun off of the debutant Piggott and into the net.

Dundee’s response was nearly instant as Simon Murray picked out Roarie Deacon, but he was denied twice, first by Mannus and then by a Saints defender.

Deacon conceded a free kick 20 yards from goal and was booked for his troubles. Scott Tanser saw his fine strike come back off the post. From this, Dundee broke and Deacon was again denied by Mannus.

Saints doubled their lead eight minutes before the break through Chris Kane. MacLean poked the ball away from Josh Meekings on the by line, allowing Alston to square the ball for Kane, who tucked it away from close range.

Steven Caulker nearly reduced the deficit when he connected with a Deacon free kick, but Mannus touched the header round the post.

To their credit, Dundee were trying to rallied when Simon Murray was sent through on goal only to be stopped by a challenge by Tanser as he ran into the box.

Murray, along with the entire Dundee support, were claiming for a penalty but referee Thomson was having none of it

Sofien Moussa replaced Cammy Kerr at half time as Dundee looked for a route back into the game. A series of early second half corners for the Dee didn’t lead to a clear-cut chance. Jon Aurtenetxe picked out A-Jay Leitch-Smith with a deep cross, but his downward header was kept out by Mannus.

Mark O’Hara met an Aurtenetxe corner on the hour mark, but couldn’t hit the target.

Two goals in two minutes ended any hopes of an unlikely comeback.

The first saw Blair Alston fire home after Parish had denied Kane, and the second saw Kane fire a high shot into the net to give Saints a four-goal lead.

A goal line clearance from Steven Caulker denied Kane a hat trick after he had lifted the ball over Parish. Faissal El Bakhtaoui had the final chance of the game, but his drive from 25 yards swerved wide.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at March 10th, 2018)

2017-18 All Time
Elliot Parish (GK)27 20 - 20 -
Jon Aurtenetxe26 17 - 17 -
Steven Caulker26 4141
Cammy Kerr22 35 - 921
Josh Meekings25 19 - 19 -
Jesse Curran21 9 - 14 -
Roarie Deacon26 291291
Mark O'Hara22 3266411
Lewis Spence22 15 - 15 -
A-Jay Leitch-Smith28 266266
Simon Murray25 5252
Jordan Piggott (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Faissal El Bakhtaoui (sub)25 335648
Sofien Moussa (sub)30 27102710

League Table (as at March 10th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

t's been a frustrating time recently, firstly the Motherwell match last time out, where we totally dominate a match yet again with no rewards, then the Celtic match being called off due to the snow.

We were fully prepared to visit Celtic Park so to have the match called off was disappointing. but very quickly we turned our attention to this afternoon's match.

We have fared well against St. Johnstone this season with two good victories and will look to make it three.

We've had a little extra time to prepare and it's been good week of training ahead of today's match. We valued the fantastic support we received last game here at home against Motherwell and we will look to give you the win this afternoon. that that support deserves.