Dundee delighted the supporters with a superb victory at McDiarmid Park this afternoon. The score might only have been 1-0, but the Dark Blues dominated St Johnstone throughout the whole match and thoroughly deserved all the points. Thomas Konrad scored the only goal midway through the first half. The Dark Blues superiority should really have brought more goals, but no-one will be complaining after a performance like this.
Dundee made only one change to the side that drew with Celtic. Simon Ferry came in for the injured Peter MacDonald and Greg Stewart moved forward to play as the lone striker.
The Dee started smoothly and confidently in the beautiful sunshine. The Dark Blues midfield settled impressively into control and Saints struggled to build their attacks with the fluency of the Dee. Paul McGowan and Gary Harkins were the key players in the centre of the park, always available and always able to pick out a clever pass.
The first chance fell to Ferry who thrashed the ball well wide after clever play between Roberts and McGinn on the right had exposed the Saints defence.
Dundee deservedly took the lead midway through the half. Roberts' corner from the left was headed on by McPake. Harkins hooked the ball towards goal and Thomas KONRAD got the final touch to send the ball over the line.
The Dark Blues could have extended their lead only two minutes later. Roberts tracked back to break up an attack and set up a Dee break. McGinn's low cross found Harkins whose shot whizzed over the bar.
Saints had plenty of the ball, but struggled to retain possession in the Dundee half and couldn't pick their way through a solid Dark Blue defence.
The final chance of the first half fell to the Dee. Roberts sailed past Brian Easton and his low cross found McAlister whose shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Dundee's inventive set pieces always looked dangerous, and this one brought a fresh variation with Roberts finding McGowan whose cross to the far post was just nudged clear before Harkins could score.
The home side had struggled to threaten the Dundee goal in the first half. A good side like Saints would surely improve and offer a real threat after the break. However, Dundee reasserted their firm control of the game and made Saints look utterly toothless. St Johnstone couldn't build any dangerous moves, and the Dundee defence were never threatened.
The Dark Blues looked dangerous every time they won the ball and moved forward. Their calm and measured possession game always had the home defence on edge.
Roberts' cross found McGowan free beyond the the far post, but Mannus beat away his fierce drive. Dundee might have been comfortably in charge, but they weren't creating clear chances. They passed their way neatly around the Saints penalty area, and put in plenty of dangerous crosses, but frustratingly Dundee couldn't kill off Saints.
Harkins had a 25 yard free kick well saved by Mannus. The Dee playmaker was outstanding today, and McGowan was every bit as impressive alongside him. The two midfielders combined superbly behind Stewart, who also had a fine game. He showed good skill and awareness as he took the ball and brought teammates into play. When he was replaced late in the match by Tankulic he received a well deserved standing ovation from the Dee support.
Tankulic had the last half chance when he headed over from a corner. Harkins went for a glorious finale when he tried to lob Mannus from 35 yards in injury time, but the ball drifted well wide.
St Johnstone ran out of ideas long before the end. In the last 20 minutes they lost the ball cheaply every time they came forward as the Dundee defence remained firmly in charge.
Injury time was played out almost entirely within 40 yards of the Saint goal. The home side were well beaten by this stage and Dundee saw out the game easily.
St Johnstone are a very good Premiership side and it might be argued that Dundee caught them on an off day. However, the Dark Blues made their hosts look very ordinary indeed. This was as good an away performance as Dundee have given in the top division in many a long year, and the Dees packed in behind the goal that Dundee were attacking in the second half lapped it all up.
This was no backs to wall win, with a goal being grabbed on the break. Dundee were the better side in every area of the pitch and looked very much at home in the Premiership. It was an excellent team performance from back to front. Their unbeaten run continues and they are now the only undefeated team in the division.
St Johnstone 4-2-3-1
Mackay, Anderson, Wright, Easton
Brown (Lappin 51), Millar
Wotherspoon, McDonald (Croft 74), O'Halloran (Morgan 62)
Unused subs: Banks (gk), Caddis, Davidson, Miller
Booked: O'Halloran (foul on McGinn), Anderson (foul on Harkins)
Dundee FC 4-4-1-1
McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Irvine
Roberts (Boyle 78), McAlister, Ferry (McBride 87), McGowan
Stewart (Tankuic 83)
Unused subs: Bain (gk), Clarkson, Davidson, Wighton
Goal: Konrad (25)
Referee: Willie Collum
Report: James Christie