St Johnstone Vs Dundee Fc – The Black Blues lost 2-1 at McDiarmid Park in today’s lunchtime game. Stephen Anderson gave St Johnstone the lead after an hour and Danny Swanson added a second from the penalty spot. Rory Loy’s free-kick pulled Dee’s goal back but the Saints held on for a deserved win in the second half.
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The game started slowly and in the first half neither side looked sharp enough to take the lead and get the fans out of their seats.
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The Saints were a little more mobile in the early stages, but didn’t breach Dark Blue’s capable defence. Brian Easton’s cross was headed home by Steven McLean at the far post, but Scott Bain got the ball back and snuffed out the danger, which was the closest the home side had ever come.
Dundee gradually upped their game, pressing more effectively in midfield and showing some promise with some slick passing minutes. Dee missed a huge chance after 12 minutes at the end of his best move of the first half. Jordi Teisse shot straight at the keeper after Paul McGowan raced into the area after Faisal El Bakhtaoui’s clever pass was met by lone keeper Zander Clarke from 12 yards.
Clarke had to push Tom Hatley’s free-kick onto the post for a corner when Liam Craig was tackled just outside the Saints’ box. After this bright spell from Dundee, the game swung in the Saints’ favor and the home side did not really inspire confidence.
Murray Davidson gave Dee a scare in the penalty area. Defensive hesitation allowed him to steal the ball, but his pass crossed the net without finding a Saints player. The Blues raced down the other end and Danny Williams charged into the box, giving El Bakhtaoui space to try but his shot was deflected for a corner.
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After that excitement, the game ended in disappointment until the midway whistle. Danny Swanson, the Saints’ most creative and dangerous player, attempted a 20-yard shot that was easily saved by Bain, the only spectacular incident in the last 15 minutes of the first half.
Michael Duffy replaced Faisal El Bakhtaoui before half-time after he had to undergo treatment after he lost the ball frequently.
The Black and Blues got off to a promising start to the second half, with strikes from James Vincent and Tom Hatley putting the Saints defense under pressure. However, nothing happened from this point and the game soon turned into a tight battle with no defenders willing to get into trouble.
What was bad for Dundee was that the midfield and forwards couldn’t hold onto the ball and Dundee’s defense had to work harder than the hosts. Swanson had a powerful 20-yard shot that Scott Bain should have collected at the second attempt, but was not an immediate threat to Dee’s goal.
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After playing well in defense for the first hour, The Dark Blues defense struggled to score. Liam Craig’s free-kick from the right was headed in by Stephen ANDERSON at the far post before the Saints skipper scored with a fine strike.
The Blues are unable to concede an early goal in this poor spell and never looked to save the game. St Johnstone’s defense was always well organised, and their midfield meant that Dundee were constantly falling back or losing possession.
The more Dee chased the equaliser, the more space Saints created and scored a second goal. The award was softer than a half-boiled egg, but the goal came from a penalty kick. Kevin Gomis and Stephen McLean both crossed, both missed, and Mr. Dallas pointed to the spot. Danny SWANSON scored and the point looked safe for the Saints.
Michael Coulson came close to scoring a third after coming on as a substitute, but Swanson’s header hit the crossbar.
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Dundee tried hard to get back into the game, but the Saints held them comfortably, taking Dee on the break and more likely to score again. The normally reliable home defense were shocked when they gave away a silly penalty in the 87th minute to give Dee hope. Anderson used both hands to push Jordi Teisse behind as he attempted a long shot. Rory Loy came on for Tom Hattle and scored a highlight from the penalty spot.
Three minutes into added time, Dundee were camped in the Saints’ defensive zone. The ball slipped around the home side’s penalty area several times, but apart from O’Dea’s header being saved from six yards, St Johnstone’s defense always seemed to be in control. A very late strike was the only time St Johnstone were under real pressure and they fought back to earn a deserved victory. They didn’t play fluid or exciting football today, but they managed to prevent Dundee from creating any real danger, especially as they calmly capitalized on the mistakes that gave them the decisive goal in the second half and turned the game in their favour. . .
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Disabled supporters are required to purchase tickets from the Kilmac Stadium Ticket Office at Dens Park.
Approaching Perth take the Stirling/Glasgow/Crianlarich/Inverness slip road (Jct 10) which connects to the M90. From Broxden roundabout take the second left hand sign for Inverness (A9). Shortcut 1 mile and take the Inveralmond roundabout back to Dundee and exit the motorway at the Stadium slip which takes you straight into the ‘Remote’ car park.
MacDiarmid Park is usually accessible from the city center by bus from Mill Street (next to the cinema). Services 1, 2, 13 and 15 all run along Crieff Street and stop outside Tesco or opposite the stadium.
Perth Bus Terminal is located on Leonard Street, 3 miles from MacDiarmid Park. The easiest way to get to the park from the station is by taxi.
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Perth train station is on Leonard Street, a little further from the stadium – the best part is a 45 minute walk (uphill!). A taxi ride takes ten minutes and costs around £10. A short walk from the train or bus station takes you into the city center where there is a major bus interchange on Mill Street.
Dundee remain bottom of the Premier League after losing 2-0 to Perth in their last game before the split. Callum Hendry gave St Johnstone the lead in the first half and Matty Kennedy rescued a point for the Saints just before the break. There should have been more goals in the opening game and the Blues missed two great chances, but the hosts deserved to win.
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St Johnstone’s season got off to a poor start with a 0-0 draw with East Fife at McDiarmid Park in the Betfred Cup, but they earned a bonus point with a penalty.
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However, that didn’t stop the Saints from earning their share and they followed that up with two 1-0 wins against Montrose and Falkirk and a 3-1 win over Forfar at Staine Park in their last game.
The Saints were eliminated in the League Cup quarter-finals after losing 1-0 at home to Celtic after beating Queens of the South 4-1 in extra time in the second half.
The Saints’ Premier League campaign got off to a flying start in Kilmarnock, with two goals inside the last half-hour being enough to keep the points at Rugby Park, but they stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Hibs in their first leg.
After scoring maximum points against Dundee and Hamilton, St Johnstone lost 5-1 to Rangers, 2-1 to Hearts and 6-0 to Celtic, but then went on a remarkable eight-game winning streak.
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Then beat Motherwell, St Mirren, Livingston, Hibs, Hamilton and Aberdeen.