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League (First Division)
Paul Fenwick (25)
Paul Fenwick (67)
George Shaw (33)
Hugh Robertson (60)
Gary McGlynn .1
Barry Smith .2
Robbie Raeside .3
David Winnie .4
Paul Tosh .5
George Shaw .6
Dariusz Adamczuck .7
Iain Anderson .8
Hugh Robertson .9
Lee Power .10
Jerry O'Driscoll .11
Gavin Rae .12
Kevin Magee .14
Craig Tully .15
|Iwelumo for Dick (67)||
Gavin Rae for Paul Tosh
Kevin Magee for Iain Anderson
Lee Power (34)
Newspaper extract from Steve Bruce/The Courier.
Dundee's promotiom ambitions were dented last night as St Mirren stepped up their challenge for second top spot in Division One, writes Steve Bruce.
And that was cruel on the Dark Blues who-despite playing short-handed for the bulk of the match after striker Lee Power got himself sent off-made a real fist of it and actually led with 23 minutes remaining before slack defensive work allowed Saints to hit back and snatch a win which moved them to within two points of John McCormack's side with a couple of games in hand.
"The result is obviously disappointing but I thought there were a few plusses to come out of the match," said boss McCormack.
"Losing Lee made it difficult but the lads showed an excellent attitude and worked hard to get in front before we lost two bad goals.
"Lee is sick about what happened. He couldn't understand why he was ordered off but the referee saw things differently and you have to accept that."
The fact that league leaders St Johnstone had slipped up at East Fife only served to underline Dundee's sense of disappointment for, instead of Saints' lead over them being trimmed to nine points, last night saw it increased to 12 but McCormack still refuses to accept that the title issue is dead.
"We will lick our wounds and look to get back on the winning trail this weekend, he said.
The home side squandered a great chance when Ricky Gillies beat Gary McGlynn only to see his powerfully struck shot come back off the underside of the bar before deservedly taking the lead after 25 minutes through Paul Fenwick who got on the end of a mishit Tommy Turner shot and steered the ball home from an acute angle.
Dundee levelled eight minutes later when George Shaw nodded in after David Winnie had headed a Paul Tosh free kick back across goal.
Within 60 seconds of equalising the Dark Blues had their numbers depleted by the dismissal of Power who was red carded after he appeared to tread on Jim Dick after the pair clashed and had to be restrained and ushered from the park by teammates so angry was his reaction to the decision.
The Dens Parkers did remarkably well to overcome that setback and, although Jerry O'Driscoll missed a 57th minute spot-kick, took the lead on the hour mark through Hugh Robertson who drilled a free-kick through the Saints wall and into the bottom left hand corner of Alan Combe's goal.
However, midway through the half, the Buddies equalised when a looping Fenwick header from a Brian Hether stone corner gave McGlynn no chance.
And with 12 minutes remaining the home side secured the points with Turner nodding home the rebound after McGlynn had done wonders to turn a diving header from Fenwick on to the crossbar.
Referee Jim Fleming booked Dundee's Barry Smith and Robbie Raeside along with Saints pair Dick and Norrie McWhirter.
Attendance: 2407. St Mirren: Combe, Smith. Baker, McWhirter, Fenwick, Watson. Hether ston, Dick (Iwelumo 67), Gillies, Mendes, Turner. Monroe, Taylor. Subs not used:
Dundee: McGlynn, Smith, Winnie, Adamczuk Raeside, Tosh (Rae 85). Shaw, Anderson (Magee 45). O'Driscoll. Power, Robertson. Sub not used: Tully. Referee: J Fleming (Glasgow).
|Gary McGlynn (GK)||-||6||-||6||-|
|Kevin Magee (sub)||-||20||1||20||1|
|Gavin Rae (sub)||-||14||2||20||2|
No league table has been added for this season.