Dundee 1
St Johnstone 1
League (Premiership)

1 - 1
St Johnstone 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, April 23rd, 2022
Kilmac Stadium
Attendance: 7,937
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jordan Marshall (10)
Shaun Rooney (68)

Team Managers
Mark McGhee
Callum Davidson

Starting Eleven
21. Ian Lawlor
6. Jordan McGhee
3. Jordan Marshall
2. Cammy Kerr
5. Ryan Sweeney
8. Shaun Byrne
26. Charlie Adam
10. Paul McGowan
24. Max Anderson
9. Danny Mullen
18. Paul McMullan
Zander Clark .1
Jamie McCart .4
Dan Cleary .6
Liam Gordon .6
Shaun Rooney .19
Callum Booth .24
Murray Davidson .8
Ali Crawford .21
Melker Hallberg .29
Callum Hendry .22
Nadir Çiftçi .23

30. Harrison Sharp
35. Zeno Ibsen Rossi
16. Christie Elliott
4. Liam Fontaine
15. Josh Mulligan
11. Declan McDaid
77. Niall McGinn
20. Zak Rudden
17. Luke McCowan
Elliot Parish .12
John Mahon .16
James Brown .2
Tom Sang .27
Jacob Butterfield .34
Cammy MacPherson .18
Glenn Middleton .14
Theo Bair .17
Stevie May .7

Luke McCowan for Paul McMullan (52)
Zak Rudden for Shaun Byrne (74)
Niall McGinn for Paul McGowan (75)
Josh Mulligan for Max Anderson (81)
Tom Sang for Dan Clearly (46)
Cammy MacPherson for Ali Crawford (65)
Stevie May for Nadir Çiftçi (81)

Charlie Adam (54)
Cammy MacPherson (87)
Jamie McCart (94)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)
Calum Spence & Andy Milne (Assistants)
Andrew Dallas (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw in the crucial relegation battle against St Johnstone at the Kilmac Stadium. The Dark Blues tore into Saints from the start and deserved their early lead from Jordan Marshall. St Johnstone came back strongly after half time and Shaun Rooney equalised from a corner midway through the second half. The visitors held out against the Dee’s late charge to take a point that was fair to both teams and which preserves St Johnstone’s five point lead over the Dee.

The Dark Blues were unchanged following the derby draw at Tannadice and started at a high tempo. Dundee’s energy quickly had the sluggish Saints in trouble. Max Anderson and Cammy Kerr took advantage of St Johnstone’s pedestrian midfield with driving runs through the middle.

Saints nevertheless managed the first real goal effort when Jamie McCart hit a dipping shot onto the roof of the net following a corner.

The Dark Blues’ aggressive determination set up the opening goal after 10 minutes. Anderson turned superbly into space on the corner of the penalty area and passed to Paul McGowan who set up Jordan MARSHALL to drill a low shot into the corner of the net from 18 yards.

Three minutes later it was almost two after a fast attack down the left. McGowan dummied over Marshall’s pass allowing Danny Mullen to play him into space. McGowan’s shot struck a defender and flew the wrong side of the post.

Charlie Adam struck a ferocious free kick from near the corner flag into the goalmouth and Saints escaped in the resulting pinball scramble. Ryan Sweeney headed over after Saints’ keeper Zander Clark was tempted into coming for an Adam corner he was unlikerly to reach.

After an anonymous opening 30 minutes St Johnstone came into the game in the last quarter of an hour of the half. Nadir Ciftci brought a great save from Ian Lawlor with a rising shot from 25 yards.

In Saints’ only real opening of the first half Callum Hendry shot weakly wide when he was played into a shooting position. Apart from that St Johnstone wasted all their possession, passing to and fro around the half-way line before giving the ball away with a poor long pass.

St Johnstone reorganised at half time, replacing centre back Dan Cleary with right wing back Tom Sang and Shaun Rooney moving to centre back. There was far greater urgency in the visitors’ midfield and Saints were increasingly able to get into dangerous wide positions, which they had failed to do in the first half.

Saints were doing most of the attacking with Dundee sitting back and trying to hit on the break. Early in the second half Luke McCowan came on for Paul McGowan. McCowan combined with Anderson in a clever attack, but could only win a corner.

For all St Johnstone’s second half attacking they had failed to create clear chances until a frantic flurry in the middle of the half. Sweeney cleared Callum Booth’s shot off the line and Kerr cleared from Ciftci’s follow up. Two corners followed with Saints equalising from the second.

The Dee defence couldn’t deal with a corner driven into the six yard box and ROONEY won the battle to force home his header. Saints went after a quck follow up and Lawlor had to push Murray Davidson’s 18 yard shot away for a corner.

The Dark Blues made a double substitution, sending on Zak Rudden and Niall McGinn for Shaun Byrne and Paul McGowan. Dundee had the better of the last 15 minutes, doing most of the late attacking.

There were plenty of promising moves and hopeful crosses flying into the danger area, but Dundee players couldn’t get a decisive touch on the end of any of them.

St Johnstone’s determination to hang onto a point was summed up by ruthless fouls in the last few minutes. Substitute Josh Mulligan and Danny Mullen were both scythed down from behind as they raced for the penalty area before they could set up a team mate. After the second offence Charlie Adam’s free kick struck Saints’ defensive wall from 30 yards and the referee blew the final whistle.

Dundee were excellent for the first half hour attacking with pace, urgency and creativity. They could not sustain that high tempo for the whole game, but they could and should have been able to keep the game tighter in the second half. The Dee were sometimes too careless on the ball when they came forward. St Johnstone were always more dangerous when they were allowed to break with Dundee stretched.

So it was disappointing that the Dee conceded that vital equaliser from a simple corner, an equaliser that leaves Dundee with a tough fight on their hands if they are to climb off the bottom of the Premiership.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at April 23rd, 2022)

2021-22 All Time
Ian Lawlor (GK)27 10 - 10 -
Jordan McGhee25 371898
Ryan Sweeney25 343343
Cammy Kerr26 37 - 2184
Jordan Marshall25 311862
Shaun Byrne28 28 - 89 -
Max Anderson20 361635
Paul McGowan34 34228620
Charlie Adam36 2936110
Paul McMullan26 403603
Danny Mullen27 2676015
Josh Mulligan (sub)19 91131
Zak Rudden (sub)22 9191
Luke McCowan (sub)24 325325
Niall McGinn (sub)35 131131

League Table (as at April 23rd, 2022)

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Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

Manager's Programme Notes

Those of you that have been following my antics this week might want to understand exactly what I was trying to do. In doing what I have done this week regarding diet and switching off the heating, what I was trying to do was get the players to understand that in order to facilitate a change you do have to actually change something.

The Monday following the Derby I started to prepare the players' minds for a weekend off without a match that could result in a reduction in intensity. instead I asked them to step up their commitment to training and intensify their own preparations. Even from the beginning of that week, I asked them to think about the St. Johnstone game and find ways of keeping a focus on today's game which is what I was doing with my sacrifices.

They've detected a change in the mood amongst you supporters which I hope we can reaffirm today with a great performance and a great result.

This change in mood has been a reflection of the improvement of performances. The players have benefited from the increased positivity which will drive us today

Also, what has emerged over the last three weeks or so is a bigger squad. The players who haven't been playing every week have trained brilliantly and we can now turn to the bench and feel we have strength in depth that can either change the nature of the performance or complete and close out a performance.

All of this combined with your fantastic support gives us a great chance of achieving a positive result today.