Dundee vs St. Johnstone

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Date: 12 February 2016
Venue: Dens Park Stadium
Competition: Ladbrokes Premiership


2 - 0

St. Johnstone

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 20 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.

Dundee FC 4-2-3-1

McGinn, Konrad, O'Dea, Holt
McGowan, Ross
Stewart, Harkins (c)(Etxabeguren 85), Loy (Low 81)

Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Arturo, Gadzhalov, Kerr, Wighton

Goal: Hemmings (20, 51)

Booked: O'Dea, Stewart

St Johnstone 4-4-2

Fisher, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Scobbie
Wotherspoon (Craig 59), Davidson, Lappin, Swanson
MacLean (c)(Kane 68), Cummins (Sutton 68)

Unused subs: Clark (gk), Doyle, Millar, Thomson

Booked: Fisher, Cummins, Davidson, Swanson

Referee: Craig Thomson. Assistants: Alan Mulvanney, Graeme Leslie. 4th official: Greg Aitken.

Attendance: 4,876 (677 Saints fans)

Report: James Christie



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2 - 0

Fri 12th Feb 7:45pm

St. Johnstone

21:38 Thanks for following us this evening. We'll be back in Ayrshire next week
21:37 That was a 2-0 spanking if there is such a thing. A very good night's work at Dens
21:36 An excellent win and an excellent performance from Dundee which sends us into fifth. A 2-0 win for Celtic over Ross County tomorrow and we go fourth
21:36 Full time
21:36 Sutton heads corner over the bar
21:34 Corner to St Johnstone
21:33 Three minutes injury time
21:32 Stewart booked for preventing a free kick from being taken
21:31 Davidson fouls Hemmings in the middle of Saints half
21:31 Would have been Nick Ross for me
21:30 Match sponsors Crown Engineering names Hemmings as man of the match
21:30 Bain holds a Sutton header from the penalty spot
21:30 McGowan has the captain's armband now
21:29 Harkins gets a standing ovation from the home support
21:29 Dundee sub: Etxabeguren on, Harkins off
21:28 Swanson booked for a poor tackle on McGowan in front of Dundee dug out
21:27 Konrad clears Scobbie cross out of the Dundee box
21:26 Corner headed behind for a Dundee goal kick
21:26 Fisher shot takes a wicked deflection of O'Dea and Bain tips it over the bar
21:25 Bain dives low to makes a good save from a Craig effort from edge of box
21:24 Tonight's attendance is 4876 (677 away fans)
21:21 Dundee sub: Low on, Loy off
21:21 Ross once again intercepts and plays ball back to Bain
21:20 Free kick taken short to McGowan at edge of box but his shot blocked
21:19 Stewart brought down down by south side corner
21:16 Davidson booked for bringing down McGowan from behind in middle of Saints half
21:16 Ross has been superb tonight and breaks up another Saints attack just outside the Dundee box
21:15 Saints do well to handle a series of balls into their box. Dundee keeping the pressure on
21:12 Brilliant back heel from Harkins sets Stewart away but when he receives the ball back on the edge of the box his shot is blocked by Davidson
21:11 Saints double sub: MacLean and Cummins off, Sutton and Kane
21:11 Hemmings effort form 25 yards high and wide
21:05 Cummins and O'Dea both booked for dissent
21:03 Stewart dribbles into the box and smashes his shot off the crossbar from just inside the box
21:03 Saints' sub: Wotherspoon off, Craig on
21:02 Hemmings penalised for pushing when corner came over
21:02 Loy shot on corner of six yard is deflected behind for a corner
21:00 Loy wins ball at corner flag then is tripped by Fisher who is booked
20:59 Corner taken short and Harkins won another one which is headed clear at front post
20:56 Fisher slides in on Loy and concedes corner to Dundee
20:55 Cummins shot from just inside Dundee box well saved by Bain
20:54 Harkins brilliantly wins the ball in the middle of the park and slide rules ball to Hemmings who takes a couple of touches and fires it into the roof of the net from just inside the box
20:54 Goal for Dundee
20:53 Shaughnessy heads free kick behind at far post
20:52 Konrad trips Wotherspoon in front of empty section of south side
20:50 Wotherspoon whipped a dangerous looking cross into the Dundee six yard box but there are no takers and it goes out at the far side
20:50 Dundee kick off the second half and are now attacking towards the Bob Shankly Stand
20:50 Both teams back out
20:33 Great to see James McPake drawing the half time raffle
20:32 Half time
20:31 One minute injury time
20:30 Holt crosses into the box and Loy controls and tries overhead kick but it trickles through to Mannus
20:30 Bain does well to take the corner under pressure
20:27 Konrad blocks a Cummins shot which rebounds out for a corner
20:26 Stewart shot from just inside the box blocked by Anderson
20:25 Loy is inches away from connecting with Stewart's free kick at the back post
20:24 Scobbie trips Stewart just in front of the home dug out
20:17 Harkins cross to back post is just too hard for Loy and runs out for a goal kick
20:16 Harkins free kick runs through to Mannus
20:15 Shaughnessy brings down Harkins as they challenge for high ball 25 yards out
20:15 McGinn is quick to cover a through ball in the centre of the Dundee box and clears
20:14 McGinn loses the ball to Swanson in a dangerous position and he burst into the box but his cross-come-shot sails just over the bar
20:13 Dundee break upfield and Hemmimgs runs at goal but his shot from just inside the box saved by Mannus
20:12 Bain catches Lappin free kick from the rright with ease
20:09 Stewart tries to bend one in from the right edge of the Saints box but his weak effort saved by Mannus
20:08 Fisher shoots well over from the edge of Dundee's box
20:07 Stewart made space for himself at the edge andf shot at goal. Mannus couldn't hold and Hemmimngs was on hand to tuck it away from six yards
20:05 Goal for Dundee
20:04 Konrad heads the corner away
20:02 Ross cuts out a cross in the six yard box to concede a corner
19:59 Hemmings is one on one with Fisher running at goal and he makes the space but fires wide
19:58 Saints break away from the corner and Fisher fires ball just over Dundee's bar from the edge of the box
19:58 Stewart cross deflected wide for a corner
19:56 Stewart tries a scissors kick on the penalty box but misses the ball completely
19:54 Great one-two from Hemmings and Stewart on the edge of the box but Stewart fires the return over the bar
19:54 Bain punches corner away
19:53 Linesman gave a goal kick to Dundee but ref over ruled him and gave a corner
19:52 Hemmings cross into the box is too high for Loy who can only head into the air
19:51 Bain does well to punch a cross away under pressure and the ref blows for a foul
19:50 Stewart heads away a Lappin free kick out the box
19:48 The rain is battering down off the old stand roof
19:48 Hemmings sets up Harkins at the dog of the box but the skipper scwaffs it wide
19:47 Harkins chases a long Konrad ball but it runs out for a Saints goal kick
19:45 St Johnstone kick the game off
19:45 St Johnstone wearing their away kit of white shirts and black shorts
19:44 Dundee wearing their home kit of dark blue shirts and white shorts
19:39 Here come the teams
19:38 Assistant referees are Alan Mulvanny and Graeme Leslie. Fourth official Greg Aitkin
19:38 Tonight's referee is Criag Thomson
19:37 Both teams have gone back into the dressing room
19:34 Both teams out warming up
19:26 It's a cold, wet night at Dens
19:26 Saint Johnstone subs: Clark, Doyle, Millar, Sutton, Kane, Craig, Thomson
19:25 St Johnstone starting XI: Mannus, Scobbie, Lappin, Anderson, Davidson, MacLean, Wotherspoon, Shaughnessy, Swanson, Cummins, Fisher
19:22 Dundee subs: Mitchell, Low, Etxaberguren, Arturo, Gadhalov, Kerr, Wighton
19:20 Dundee's starting XI: Bain, Holt, Konrad, Stewart, Loy, Hemmings, Ross, McGowan, McGinn, O'Dea, Harkins
18:39 Welcome to Dens Park Stadium for the live updates from the Ladbrokes Premiership game between Dundee FC and St Johnstone
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