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  1. Both clubs have endured a nightmare start to their seasons and even at this early stage, realistic possibility that either could be playing Championship football next term is a very realistic possibility. St Mirren’s only win in the league so far since gaining promotion came on the opening day of the season. Dundee should have started their league campaign with an away victory but a howler from Jack Hamilton in the Dee goal along with a missed penalty from Sofien Moussa made it a day to forget for the away fans. This has been St Mirren’s only victory so far and their poor form cost Alan Stubbs his job very early into the season. New manager Oran Kearney overseen a point against Celtic in his first match in charge but since then he has been unable to stop the rot of defeats. Jim McIntyre has yet to pick up a point since he took over at Dundee and with so much riding on this game, every Dee will be hoping and praying that he can eventually get off the mark, beginning with a victory. A draw would buck the trend of defeats we have suffered but it has to be a win for Dundee if we want to change our fortunes on the field. Mcintyre has reported that left-back Nathan Ralph has done well in training since recovering from his injury and he will be further boosted with Paul McGowan and Martin Woods pushing for a starting place. Darren O’Dea and Andy Boyle were both forced off with injuries against Motherwell but Boyle should be fine while O’Dea will be monitored due to his being a head knock. The only piece of news about St Mirren is that club captain Stephen McGinn will more than likely miss Saturdays ties due to a hamstring problem. Last Meeting | St Mirren 2-1 Dundee August 4th 2018 Dundee manager Neil McCann rued Jack Hamilton's "bad error", which helped St Mirren secure an opening-day Scottish Premiership win. Danny Mullen's header gave the Paisley side the maiden goal of the league season, but Elton Ngwatala levelled. Dundee could have gone ahead in the second half after Craig Samson fouled Jean Alassane Mendy, but the goalkeeper saved Sofien Moussa's spot-kick. And Ryan Flynn robbed keeper Hamilton to set up Mullen for the winner. "He just caught himself in two minds. He'll learn from that," said McCann. After St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott had unfurled the Championship flag to mark last season's title triumph, the match inexplicably started a little before the scheduled 15:00 kick-off time and the hosts seemed eager to make an early impression. The endeavour of Cammy Smith eventually led to Paul McGinn crossing for Mullen to net. And following Ngwatala's equaliser, chances also fell the way of Matty Willock and Smith, before keeper Hamilton had to deal with efforts by McGinn and Smith. Dundee, too, were menacing in the final third and, even before Ngwatala had lashed the equaliser in from distance, Mendy and Moussa had threatened for Neil McCann's side. Mendy was too high with a shot after escaping his marker and the Senegalese winger then capitalised on a mix-up between Jack Baird and Samson to win Dundee's spot-kick, only for Moussa to have his tame effort saved. New St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs sent on Flynn in place of Ross Stewart, and the substitute's pressure on the hesitant Hamilton was rewarded as he stole possession, rounded the keeper and squared for Mullen to tap home. (Report: BBC) Line Ups St Mirren: Samson, McGinn, Baird, Kpekawa, Coulson, McGinn, Willock, Magennis (Kellerman 90), Smith (McShane 86), Mullen, Stewart (Flynn 77) Subs Not Used: Heaton, Kellerman, Cooke, King, Rogers Dundee: Hamilton, Curran, Caulker, Meekings, Kerr, Spence, McGowan (Wighton 87), Ngwatala, Madianga, Mendy, Moussa Sub Not Used: Ralph, Kusunga, Parish, Nabi, Moore, Henvey Att: 5,470 Ref: Alan Muir League Head To Head P204 W85 D42 L77 Home P100 W56 D18 L26 Away P104 W29 D24 L51 Top Five League Goal Scorers Tommy McDermott: 8 Alan Cousin: 8 Johnny Bell: 7 Alan Gilzean: 7 Ray Stephen: 7 Biggest Win 9-2: Dens Park, February 29th 1964 Biggest Defeat 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Scoring Match 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Attendance (Dens Park) 34,000: 0-0, February 5th 1949, Scottish Cup 2nd Round Ticket Information Adults: £24 Concessions: £16 Under 18s: £10 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12: £26 Two adults and two children under 12: £50 With additional children under 12: £2 Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group View full match preview
  2. Both clubs have endured a nightmare start to their seasons and even at this early stage, realistic possibility that either could be playing Championship football next term is a very realistic possibility. St Mirren’s only win in the league so far since gaining promotion came on the opening day of the season. Dundee should have started their league campaign with an away victory but a howler from Jack Hamilton in the Dee goal along with a missed penalty from Sofien Moussa made it a day to forget for the away fans. This has been St Mirren’s only victory so far and their poor form cost Alan Stubbs his job very early into the season. New manager Oran Kearney overseen a point against Celtic in his first match in charge but since then he has been unable to stop the rot of defeats. Jim McIntyre has yet to pick up a point since he took over at Dundee and with so much riding on this game, every Dee will be hoping and praying that he can eventually get off the mark, beginning with a victory. A draw would buck the trend of defeats we have suffered but it has to be a win for Dundee if we want to change our fortunes on the field. Mcintyre has reported that left-back Nathan Ralph has done well in training since recovering from his injury and he will be further boosted with Paul McGowan and Martin Woods pushing for a starting place. Darren O’Dea and Andy Boyle were both forced off with injuries against Motherwell but Boyle should be fine while O’Dea will be monitored due to his being a head knock. The only piece of news about St Mirren is that club captain Stephen McGinn will more than likely miss Saturdays ties due to a hamstring problem. Last Meeting | St Mirren 2-1 Dundee August 4th 2018 Dundee manager Neil McCann rued Jack Hamilton's "bad error", which helped St Mirren secure an opening-day Scottish Premiership win. Danny Mullen's header gave the Paisley side the maiden goal of the league season, but Elton Ngwatala levelled. Dundee could have gone ahead in the second half after Craig Samson fouled Jean Alassane Mendy, but the goalkeeper saved Sofien Moussa's spot-kick. And Ryan Flynn robbed keeper Hamilton to set up Mullen for the winner. "He just caught himself in two minds. He'll learn from that," said McCann. After St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott had unfurled the Championship flag to mark last season's title triumph, the match inexplicably started a little before the scheduled 15:00 kick-off time and the hosts seemed eager to make an early impression. The endeavour of Cammy Smith eventually led to Paul McGinn crossing for Mullen to net. And following Ngwatala's equaliser, chances also fell the way of Matty Willock and Smith, before keeper Hamilton had to deal with efforts by McGinn and Smith. Dundee, too, were menacing in the final third and, even before Ngwatala had lashed the equaliser in from distance, Mendy and Moussa had threatened for Neil McCann's side. Mendy was too high with a shot after escaping his marker and the Senegalese winger then capitalised on a mix-up between Jack Baird and Samson to win Dundee's spot-kick, only for Moussa to have his tame effort saved. New St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs sent on Flynn in place of Ross Stewart, and the substitute's pressure on the hesitant Hamilton was rewarded as he stole possession, rounded the keeper and squared for Mullen to tap home. (Report: BBC) Line Ups St Mirren: Samson, McGinn, Baird, Kpekawa, Coulson, McGinn, Willock, Magennis (Kellerman 90), Smith (McShane 86), Mullen, Stewart (Flynn 77) Subs Not Used: Heaton, Kellerman, Cooke, King, Rogers Dundee: Hamilton, Curran, Caulker, Meekings, Kerr, Spence, McGowan (Wighton 87), Ngwatala, Madianga, Mendy, Moussa Sub Not Used: Ralph, Kusunga, Parish, Nabi, Moore, Henvey Att: 5,470 Ref: Alan Muir League Head To Head P204 W85 D42 L77 Home P100 W56 D18 L26 Away P104 W29 D24 L51 Top Five League Goal Scorers Tommy McDermott: 8 Alan Cousin: 8 Johnny Bell: 7 Alan Gilzean: 7 Ray Stephen: 7 Biggest Win 9-2: Dens Park, February 29th 1964 Biggest Defeat 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Scoring Match 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Attendance (Dens Park) 34,000: 0-0, February 5th 1949, Scottish Cup 2nd Round Ticket Information Adults: £24 Concessions: £16 Under 18s: £10 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12: £26 Two adults and two children under 12: £50 With additional children under 12: £2 Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group
  3. This is a Category B fixture and Ticket Information for this game is as follows: Prices for all area's of the ground are as follows: Adults: £24 Concessions: £16 Under 18's: £10 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand, Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and One Child Under 12: £26 Two Adults and Two Children Under 12: £50 Additional Children Under 12: £2 *The Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group The ticket office is becoming increasingly busy on match-days and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets as early as possible. The ticket office is open from 10am on match-days. Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online A reminder that season tickets holders can claim two free tickets for any match throughout the season.
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    Dundee 1 - 2 Celtic

    Celts beat Dee to close in on title Jozo Simunovic and Stuart Armstrong scored as Celtic beat Dundee 2-1 at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership to stretch their unbeaten run to 36 matches and move to within one win of their sixth consecutive title. Faissal El Bakhtaoui scored a late stunner for the hosts but it wasn’t enough for Paul Hartley’s men, who remain in eighth position.
  5. UWTB1893

    Dundee 0 - 7 Aberdeen

    Defender Andrew Considine scored a hat-trick as Aberdeen hammered a dismal Dundee side to ensure Celtic must wait to be crowned Premiership champions. A win for Dee would have handed the title to Celtic, but their visitors put that prospect to bed in the first half. A Considine double and goals from Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean had Derek McInnes' men 4-0 up at the break. Ryan Jack hit the fifth before Niall McGinn tapped home and Considine completed his hat-trick. Aberdeen are 11 points clear of Rangers in third, while Dundee are eighth.
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    Dundee 2 - 1 Rangers

    O’Hara double gives Dee huge win over Rangers Dundee lifted themselves off the bottom off the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership as Mark O’Hara’s double gave them a confidence-boosting 2-1 win over Rangers at Dens Park. O’Hara’s brace came either side of a Josh Windass equaliser, but Graeme Murty’s men couldn’t avoid slipping to their second consecutive defeat.
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    Dundee 0 - 1 Aberdeen

    Dons edge past Dee Scott McKenna got the only goal of the game as Aberdeen saw off Dundee 1-0 at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership.
  8. McGinn goal gives Hibs victory over Dee John McGinn scored the only goal of the game as Hibernian maintained their grip on fourth place with a 1-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership.
  9. Moussa scores twice as Dee beat Jags at Dens Sofien Moussa scored two penalties as Dundee opened up a four point gap between themselves and bottom club Partick Thistle with a 3-0 win at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. Mark O'Hara's fourth goal in five matches made the scoreline comfortable, as Thistle remain at the foot of the table.
  10. Sofien Moussa scored two minutes from the end to cancel out Steven MacLean’s equaliser and give Neil McCann’s men 3 vital points in a 2-1 win against St Johnstone at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership.
  11. Motherwell continued their fine run of form as Craig Tanner's early goal gave them a 1-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership, and moved them up to third place in the table.
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    Dundee 2 - 1 Hearts

    Kerr Waddell scored deep into stoppage time to earn Dundee a 2-1 win over Hearts at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. Hearts gave a debut to 16 year old midfielder Harry Cochrane but Waddell opened the scoring for the hosts before the break. Kyle Lafferty’s equaliser looked to have earned Craig Levein’s men a point before Waddell grabbed his second at the death.
  13. 10-man Dundee held on to take a point against Steve Clarke's Kilmarnock after a 0-0 draw at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. Darren O'Dea was sent off for two yellow cards, while Eamonn Brophy came closest to scoring as he hit the bar in injury time.
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    Dundee 1 - 1 Hearts

    Hearts and Dundee picked up a crucial point apiece to boost their respective chances in their individual battles in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. Ross Callachan and Sofien Moussa got the goals in the 1-1 draw, as Hearts consolidated their hold on the last top six place, while Dundee edged further clear of the relegation dogfight below them.
  15. Dundee crashed out of the Scottish Cup at the expense of Motherwell.
  16. Craig Tanner’s first-half goal gave Motherwell a 1-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership.
  17. UWTB1893

    League Preview: Aberdeen

    The Dark Blues are currently on their worse ever run of defeats against the Dons with nine straight losses and we haven't tasted victory over them in twelve since Thomas Konrad and David Clarkson scored to give us a 2-1 win in the Scottish Cup 4th round back in 2014. If we exclude that victory in the cup, we have went a full NINETEEN matches since we last managed a league victory over the Dons. This came at Dens when Neil Barrett scored the only goal of the match way back in 2004! That's some depressing reading right there! PREVIEW DUNDEE started off their campaign by gifting St Mirren al three points last Saturday. Last season’s attacking options reared their ugly head with it being a case of déjà vu for players, management and supporters. Then we had the minute of madness at the back that ultimately gifted the home side all three points. It would be very harsh however to start writing off players and team with some knee-jerk comments. Of course, the Dunfermline game gave us an indication that we were severely lacking in some areas but hopefully when we recruit players to fill these voids, then we will see a team that will hopefully improve on last terms league position. Roarie Deacon is back in training but he is still a few weeks away from being included in the matchday squad. ABERDEEN started off their Premiership campaign with a 1-1 draw against ten-man The Rangers last weekend. The Dons played for the best part of 80 minutes with a man advantage but despite this, they needed an injury time equaliser with their only shot on target. Derek McInnes team have on course been on European duty this summer when they came up against English side Burnley. They certainly didn’t let themselves down by more than matching their opponents from the self-proclaimed ‘Best league in the world.’ Unfortunately, despite a 1-1 draw at home, Burnley would proceed to the next round of the competition but they would need extra-time to get passed he har working Dons. Scott McKenna will miss out due to injury who will be out for around six to eight weeks and joins long term casualties Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban along with Shay Logan who is serving a suspension. HEAD TO HEAD RECORD Total P258 W53 D79 L126 F289 A433 Home P128 W32 D41 L55 F169 A227 Away P125 W20 D38 L67 F117 A197 Neutral P5 W1 D0 L4 F3 A9 STATS Top Goal scorer Alan Gilzean, 14 goals (9: League, 5: League Cup) Consecutive Games Scored Alan Gilzean: 10 goals, 5 games, August 201th 1960 to September 16th 1961 Biggest Win 6-0, Dens Park, November 18th 1905 and Dens Park, September 3rd 1960 (League Cup Group 4) Record Attendance and Lowest Home High: 41,000, 4-0, May 8th 1952, Scottish Cup Quarter Final Low: 5,369, 0-1, January 11th 1993 TICKET INFORMATION (Taken From Official Dundee Website) The ticket office is open from 10am on matchdays. Prices for the Aberdeen match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Under 18s are £12 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12 £31 Two adults and two children under 12 £57 With additional children under 12 at £ 5 Under 12 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group Under 16 tickets can be bought without an adult ticket
  18. The Dark Blues are currently on their worse ever run of defeats against the Dons with nine straight losses and we haven't tasted victory over them in twelve since Thomas Konrad and David Clarkson scored to give us a 2-1 win in the Scottish Cup 4th round back in 2014. If we exclude that victory in the cup, we have went a full NINETEEN matches since we last managed a league victory over the Dons. This came at Dens when Neil Barrett scored the only goal of the match way back in 2004! That's some depressing reading right there! PREVIEW DUNDEE started off their campaign by gifting St Mirren al three points last Saturday. Last season’s attacking options reared their ugly head with it being a case of déjà vu for players, management and supporters. Then we had the minute of madness at the back that ultimately gifted the home side all three points. It would be very harsh however to start writing off players and team with some knee-jerk comments. Of course, the Dunfermline game gave us an indication that we were severely lacking in some areas but hopefully when we recruit players to fill these voids, then we will see a team that will hopefully improve on last terms league position. Roarie Deacon is back in training but he is still a few weeks away from being included in the matchday squad. ABERDEEN started off their Premiership campaign with a 1-1 draw against ten-man The Rangers last weekend. The Dons played for the best part of 80 minutes with a man advantage but despite this, they needed an injury time equaliser with their only shot on target. Derek McInnes team have on course been on European duty this summer when they came up against English side Burnley. They certainly didn’t let themselves down by more than matching their opponents from the self-proclaimed ‘Best league in the world.’ Unfortunately, despite a 1-1 draw at home, Burnley would proceed to the next round of the competition but they would need extra-time to get passed he har working Dons. Scott McKenna will miss out due to injury who will be out for around six to eight weeks and joins long term casualties Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban along with Shay Logan who is serving a suspension. HEAD TO HEAD RECORD Total P258 W53 D79 L126 F289 A433 Home P128 W32 D41 L55 F169 A227 Away P125 W20 D38 L67 F117 A197 Neutral P5 W1 D0 L4 F3 A9 STATS Top Goal scorer Alan Gilzean, 14 goals (9: League, 5: League Cup) Consecutive Games Scored Alan Gilzean: 10 goals, 5 games, August 201th 1960 to September 16th 1961 Biggest Win 6-0, Dens Park, November 18th 1905 and Dens Park, September 3rd 1960 (League Cup Group 4) Record Attendance and Lowest Home High: 41,000, 4-0, May 8th 1952, Scottish Cup Quarter Final Low: 5,369, 0-1, January 11th 1993 TICKET INFORMATION (Taken From Official Dundee Website) The ticket office is open from 10am on matchdays. Prices for the Aberdeen match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Under 18s are £12 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12 £31 Two adults and two children under 12 £57 With additional children under 12 at £ 5 Under 12 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group Under 16 tickets can be bought without an adult ticket View full match preview
  19. The first programme we will look at is from our very first match in a European competition, which is also our largest ever victory in the competition and to this day, our opponents biggest defeat. I give to you, Dundee 8-1 FC Cologne. Being paired up with the early favourites of the European Cup, Dundee welcomed the West German Champions FC Cologne to Dens Park as we looked set to tussle with the crème de le crème of the top European teams. With ten West German internationalists in their team and labelled one of the early favourites to win the trophy, this looked like a daunting task for The Dee. When the full-time whistle went though, it was the Germans who were shell-shocked after the Dark Blues had blasted eight past them. We can maybe take into consideration that the German keeper was knocked out only a few minutes into this game and he only lasted until half-time when he failed to return to the field. Back in them days, there weren’t any substitutes so Cologne had to play the reminder of the game with only ten men. Our goals came from Alan Gilzean (who bagged a hat-trick), Bobby Wishart, Hugh Robertson, Gordon Smith and Andy Penman. Our first goal was scored by Matthias Hemmersbach who headed the ball into his own net. As you can see, DC Thomson published a souvenir programmes for this and all of Dundee’s other games in the European Cup and unsurprisingly, the first one featured the team with the Scottish League title. A photo that gives ever Dee a sense of pride. At only sixpence a programme, it's no doubt a steal on how much I had to pay for my own copy 50 odd year later!
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    Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park

    Dens Park or its name new name due to a sponsorship deal, The Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park has been the home to Dundee since 1899 following the clubs move from Carolina Port. The record attendance at Dens Park occurred in 1953 against Rangers when a massive 43,024 supporters fill the stadium. Th main stand was designed by Archibald Leitch and was opened in 1921. Apart from the South Enclosure and the Provost Road end having a roof put over it’s head, the ground had not seen much of an overhaul to it until 1999 when both stands behind the goal were demolished and new modern stands were built. The ‘Provie’ Road end was then renamed The Bobby Cox Stand and the TC Keay End, The Bob Shankly Stand. These stands were erected in just 82 days as the club battled to meet the Scottish Premier League’s new seat-capacity guidelines. The club were under pressure to meet the demands of the Premier League or face expulsion from the top-flight but in November 1998, the club were given the green light to procced with the construction early in the new year with the Scottish Sports Council Lottery Sports Fund and the Football Trust fronting half of the £2.6 million needed for the project. It had been announced in 2016 that our American owners had purchased land at Camperdown with intent to build a new stadium for the club. This was confirmed by them in early 2017 with the plans for the new layout being released to the public in September later that year.
  21. The sponsorship deal will bring in a six-figure sum for the club from Kilmac who are longstanding supporters of Dundee, having previously been sponsors of the club. Interestingly, Richard Kilcullen of Kilmac spoke of the importance that Dens Park should be in the stadiums name in ‘what will be the last years as the home of Dundee Football Club.’ A delighted John Nelms told the official Dundee website: “We are always looking for new unique revenue streams and this is a fantastic opportunity for the club and it makes it even better that it is with Richard and Kilmac who are and have been lifelong supporters of the club.” Richard Kilcullen of Kilmac was equally ecstatic about the deal. “It’s an honour to sponsor the stadium. We really feel it takes our already great relationship with the club to another level,” said Richard. “We realise the importance to the fans to keep Dens Park in the name in what will be the last few years as the home of Dundee Football Club.” Dens Park has been the home of Dundee since 1899 when they moved from Carolina Port. The club hope to move into a new stadium at Camperdown for the 2020/21 season.
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    St Johnstone: The View From The Opposition

    St Johnstone are all but safe and despite a not reaching the top six, they can play out the remainder of their matches without the stress of looking over their shoulder with the fear of being dragged into the bottom two. The teams only met just over a month ago when The Saints basically dismantled a lacklustre Dundee team 4-0, in what can only be described as a horror show for the Dens Park faithful but utter delight for the travelling away fans. This time around, we will hopefully see a more experienced Dundee team on the field as they prepare to drag themselves away from the bottom two places. We caught up with St Johnstone Fans in the lead up to Saturdays match about their recent soon-to-be departures from the club, their feeling on 'that' incident last time around and most importantly, who will leave the ground with the points. We have only recently locked horns at Dens. St Johnstone ran over an out of sorts Dundee team that day 4-0. What was your take on that match? What a brilliant day that was! That’s the sort of performance we know we can get from this group of players, we just haven’t seen it enough this season - hence our position in the league. Some of the Dundee defending that day might also be some of the worst I’ve seen in some time. As the game wore on, the gap between the midfield and defence was huge which allowed us to be a little more direct, which really worked in our favour. We can’t speak about that match without the incident at the end. My opinion is, emotions were riding high and it was basically handbags at dawn. How did you see it? Just handbags really. I can understand McCann’s frustration, however, no need for the slap but when red mist descends.... I thought the 2 match bans were harsh, although McCann’s has now been reduced. Despite sometimes it seemed that you might have been dragged into a wee scuffle near the bottom of the table, The Saints have knuckled down to get the points on board to ensure that never happened. You will now fight Motherwell for seventh place. With them reaching the Scottish Cup Final, can you see them having one eye on that and your team leapfrogging them? Think a lot of credit has to go to Tommy Wright once again for steering us clear of any relegation battle, which looked likely at one stage. Here’s hoping they take their eye off the ball a little bit, but I can’t see it happening. They went up to Pittodrie the week before the League Cup Final and ran out easy 2-0 winners so I can’t see it being any different this time. This week has seen Steven MacLean join Hearts on a pre-contract. Is this a blow to see him leave? Absolutely. First and foremost, he is a club legend and is absolutely adored by Saints fans. After all, he’s a Scottish Cup winner. He’s a player I feel has embodied everything we’ve been about the last few years. I think his experience will be a big loss - you can see the impact he had on Stevie May and Chris Kane. However, and I may be proved wrong in time but from what we’ve seen the majority of this season, he isn’t good enough anymore. Whether or not letting him go is the right decision...we’ll see. One thing that irked me about this transfer was that this was announced with him holding up a Hearts scarf. I always feel that this should be left until the players time at the club he is transferring from has come to an end. Do you hold the same feelings? In this instance, Steven MacLean can do what he wants. But generally, yeah. Shows a real lack of respect to current employers and photo shoots aren’t urgent and can wait until the player has moved on. Allan Mannus has also signalled that his time is up in Perth. Will it be tough for someone to fill his boots? Absolutely, I may be slightly biased, but I feel he’s been the most underrated keeper in the league in recent times. He's made some vital saves at vital times - one that sticks in my mind is against Motherwell in 2014. Think we’d won once in 6 and Motherwell were 1-0 at the time, he saves one-on-one, Michael O’Halloran goes up the other end and scores and we win 2-1. We then go on to win 5 of next 6, only dropping points at Dens! Hopefully Zander Clark can really kick on now, and maybe even see young Mark Hurst step up as a back up. What injury worries have St Johnstone got leading up to Saturdays match? From the top of my head, Chris Kane, Denny Johnstone, David McMillan and Callum Hendry are all missing - leaving Steven MacLean as our only fit senior striker. We’re also without Stefan Scougall and Blair Alston. Unsure on Brian Easton situation but imagine he’ll miss out too. Thankfully, we should see a different Dundee team. We will have McGowan and Kamara back so we will actually have a midfield! Will your fans travel from Perth expecting the same as last time? Who do you think will win? I certainly hope not! Dundee are a different team defensively with those two in midfield, so I imagine it’ll be a lot lot closer this time. If I had to pick one team, on recent form I’d choose Saints, but, that’s exactly when we’ll see a 5-0 Dundee win!
  23. UWTB1893

    Hearts: The View From The Opposition

    Dundee are currently in the middle of an horrendous run of form at home which has seen five straight league defeats and the club teetering on the edge of the bottom two places in the table. Hearts away form isn't that much better either with only two wins on the road out of ten. Both teams are in need of a win. Hearts will be hoping to catch up on a resurgent Kilmarnock side in fifth place while Dundee are in dire need to ending their barren run of defeats at Dens and creating some breathing space between Partick Thistle and Ross County. In the lead up to Sundays game, we spoke to SPFL Blogger, Scotsman Sport online-writer and The Terrace Podcast editor-in-chief Craig Fowler to chat about his beloved Hearts. Hearts look destined for a third top six finish since promotion. This must have been the aim for the team at the start of the season but do you think that this term has been a disappointment for the club? Undoubtedly. It's hard to summarise expectations at the outset because of the whole Ian Cathro saga. As soon as Hearts lost to Peterhead in the Betfred Cup I think everyone knew it was going to be a tough season even if the club did the right thing, which they did, in binning the head coach. Probably the most disappointing aspect is that when Hearts finally did get on the right path - the clean sheet run, beating Hibs in the cup - it looked like the chance was really there to kick on and challenge Hibs for fourth place, but instead the two sides have gone in different directions, really. They've gotten better while Hearts have been weakened. Injuries have played a part but it goes back to the previous summer and how the squad was set up. There's a real imbalance and one or two key players being out causes the house of cards to come tumbling down. In the league you have also seen Hibs come out on top in the Edinburgh Derby with Hearts failing to find the net once. You did however get a win against them in the Scottish Cup which gave birth to Craig Leveins ‘Natural order’ comment. It must be tough to see a team you have normally dominated to have the upper hand? It's Hibs' best sequence of games against Hearts since the 1970s so there's absolutely no doubt this is tough to take. What's most troubling from a Hearts perspective is the general rejuvenation around Hibs. A couple of years ago Hearts were in the top flight averaging 16k a week while Hibs were in the second tier struggling to break 10k. Next season I wouldn't be too surprised if Hibs average a higher attendance than Hearts, which would be the first time that has happened for a long, long time. It's definitely the most positive I'm seen my Hibs supporting mates in years - probably a decade - while it's just a slog for Hearts fans right now. Steven Naismith was a massive coup for Hearts when you brought him in on-loan in January. Most clubs would love to have a forward line with a player of the calibre like him along with Kyle Lafferty. For any fans that have yet to see any Hearts matches, how has the signing worked out for the Jam Tarts? He's not quite lived up to the hype but I, for one, would still love to see him stick around for next season. He's lost a bit of the spark he once had - that little bit of explosiveness around the final third - but he's still technically and intelligently well ahead of most of his team-mates. He and Lafferty don't work particularly well in isolation because there's a lack of pace between the two, but they did link up well together in the recent win over Partick Thistle so there's perhaps more to come. Getting David Milinkovic fit again would be huge for the front three functioning well together. He's got that bit of pace and quickness that Hearts otherwise lack. I know you are in the process of watching every top flight match this season so you will have witnessed the good and bad that Dundee have produced. What’s your thoughts on our league position? Is it fully deserved or are you surprised? For a lot of the season I thought Dundee were in a false position and that it was only a matter of time before they figured things out and moved away from immediate danger of relegation. However, that was based on the assumption that they'd get a little bit more ruthless in the opposing penalty area and a bit more street-wise in their own. Seeing as that hasn't happened and we're now into the season's final quarter, I can't say I am surprised. You can knock the ball about with as much confidence as you like, but if you're poor in both boxes then there's only one thing that's going to happen. What players in our current team have impressed you and who should Hearts be weary of? Glen Kamara is probably the only Dundee player who has "impressed" me over the course of the season. If Neil McCann fancies another spectacular falling out with a first-team player, ala Scott Bain, I would love to see the defensive midfielder at Tynecastle. As for who Hearts should be wary of, Simon Murray didn't set the heather alight at Hibs and still managed to bag the winner in an Edinburgh derby. It would be typical of this season if he did likewise in a Dundee shirt. And vice-versa, what players should Dundee look out for in the Hearts team? Hard to say because it's always difficult to know who's going to play. Levein likes to chop and change his starting XI, often with little rhyme or reason. In attack, Lafferty is probably the only nailed-on starter if fit, so I'll have to plump for him. I'm not even a huge fan of the Northern Irishman, he's quite ungainly and a bit of a liability at times, and yet he's looking likely to be Hearts' first 20-goal season scorer since John Robertson. Football, eh? Dundee have went five home games without a win at home, only finding the net once and are in a battle to save their Premiership status. Can the Dark Blues end their run of bad form or will Hearts inflict more misery on the home support? While Dundee are on a terrible run at home, Hearts have been dreadful away from Tynecastle, where they are still undefeated. It's a problem that's been around for over a decade and means you can never be too confident going to watch the team away from home, even when they're good, which this team isn't. This one is a toss up.
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