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  • Sun, 23 Oct 2016 Premier Sports Cup
    St Johnstone
    2
    1
    Dundee
    Steven Anderson ( 62' ), Daniel Swanson ( 75' pen )
    FT HT 0 - 0
    Rory Loy ( 89' pen )
     

    Saints Leapfrog Rangers After Comfortable Tayside Derby Win

    Dundee were left rooted to the foot of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership as they were eased aside 2-1 by Tayside rivals St Johnstone.

    After a poor first half, home skipper Steven Anderson broke the deadlock for Saints before Danny Swanson added a second with a penalty.

    A spot-kick at the other end from Rory Loy pulled one back for Dundee in the 88th minute but it was too late to avoid a fifth successive defeat.

    St Johnstone, meanwhile, leapfrogged above Rangers into fourth and level on points with Hearts.

    After a placid start from both sides, Dundee should have taken the lead in the 13th minute.

    Faissal El Bakhtaoui flicked on a Kevin Gomis pass to let Paul McGowan scamper free into space down the right. The midfielder's square pass was perfect for Yordi Teijsse but the striker's tame shot from 14 yards was straight at Zander Clark in the Saints goal.

    Clark was called into action eight minutes later to push a Tom Hateley free-kick behind and to grab Teijsse's header from the resultant corner.

    Dundee's chances sparked the hosts to life but Chris Kane could not get a flick on Murray Davidson's low ball following a scramble that saw the Perth men appeal for a penalty when Steven MacLean went down in the box.

    There was little change to the scrappy pattern of the game after the interval, but St Johnstone increasingly gained the ascendancy as they upped the tempo of their attacks.

    The opener eventually came in the 62nd minute. Liam Craig's left-foot free-kick from the right curled menacingly into the heart of the Dundee box and Anderson stretched to volley in at the back post.

    Dundee could not get going in the final third and their task was made twice as hard when Saints netted a second with 15 minutes remaining.

    Referee Andrew Dallas adjudged Gomis to have barged MacLean just as he rose for a header and pointed to the spot. Swanson swept in calmly.

    There was almost a third in the 82nd minute when Swanson's superb chipped pass found Michael Coulson but the substitute's header crashed back off the crossbar.

    Anderson's careless push on Teijsse allowed Loy to pull one back from the spot with two minutes left but the visitors left it too late and could not find an equaliser.

    Manager reaction

    St Johnstone's Tommy Wright: "It would have been a travesty if they had equalised. We totally dominated the game. I'm really pleased with how we played, how we moved the ball, but in the last few minutes we put ourselves in a position we shouldn't have been in.

    "He (Swanson) is a key player for us, he knows that, and we do give him the freedom when the ball is in the opposition half to go and play as he sees it."

    Dundee's Paul Hartley: "It's a reality check in terms of where we are. We're in a fight just now and we can't get away from that. We've not got enough points, not good enough. We have to all take responsibility. We've got to start doing our talking on the pitch.

    "I'm frustrated how we played today. I'm angry, in the second half we didn't perform whatsoever.

    "We've got a strong enough squad and on our day we can compete with anybody. But just now it's not happening for us."

    Line Ups

    St Johnstone

    Formation: 4-4-2
    • 1
      Zander Clark
    • 2
      Joe Shaughnessy
    • 3
      Richard Foster
    • 4
      Brian Easton
    • 5
      Steven Anderson
    • 6
      David Wotherspoon
    • 7
      Daniel Swanson
    • 8
      Liam Craig
    • 9
      Murray Davidson
    • 10
      Steven MacLean
    • 11
      Christopher Kane

    Substitutes

    • 1
      Graham Cummins
    • 2
      Chris Millar
    • 3
      Michael Coulson
    • 4
      Paul Paton
    • 5
      Alan Mannus
    • 6
      Liam Gordon
    • 7
      Blair Alston

    Dundee

    Formation: 3-5-2
    • 1
      Scott Bain
    • 2
      Kevin Gomis
    • 3
      Kevin Holt
    • 4
      Darren O'Dea
    • 5
      Tom Hateley
    • 6
      Danny Williams
    • 7
      Paul McGowan
    • 8
      James Vincent
    • 9
      Nick Ross
    • 10
      Yordi Teijsse
    • 11
      Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui

    Substitutes

    • 1
      Craig Wighton
    • 2
      Michael Duffy
    • 3
      Julen Etxabeguren
    • 4
      Kostadin Gadzhalov
    • 5
      David Mitchell
    • 6
      Cameron Kerr
    • 7
      Rory Loy
    Referee: Nick Walsh
    Attendance: 3,646
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