Dundee 0
St Johnstone 0
League (First Division)

0 - 0
St Johnstone 

League (First Division)
Saturday, March 15th, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,634
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
John McCormack

Starting Eleven
1. Gary McGlynn
2. Barry Smith
3. Robbie Raeside
4. Craig Tully
5. Paul Tosh
6. Iain Anderson
7. Dariusz Adamczuk
8. Gary McKeown
9. Hugh Robertson
10. Lee Power
11. Jerry O'Driscoll

12. George Shaw
14. Kevin Magee
15. David Winnie

George Shaw for Lee Power
Kevin Magee for Hugh Robertson

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

T. M. McCurry (Glasgow) (Referee)
D. Somers (Cumbernauld) & W. J. Murray (Evanston) (Assistants)

Match Report

Source unknown.

George O'Boyle helped Saints fight out a Dens draw then admitted that the title race couldnbe all done and dusted - and on the way to Perth.

In the battle of the top two, the under-strength Saints troops left the field to chants of 'champions' from the stands.

The point leaves them 11 clear at the top and ever nearer to the title, while Dundee crashed to third place behind Airdrie and ahead of St Mirren, with only goal difference separating all three.

Northern Ireland star O'Boyle was always a danger and afterwards claimed: "It might not be over but we have taken an important step today.

"We never came here looking for a draw but the way it worked out with injuries and suspensions, we are very happy.

"The fans did us proud. They sang all the way because they knew how important this game was.

"Our defence played extremely well considering we had teenagers all across the back line.

"We are not champions yet but if we win our three home games, it should be enough."

Saints took the field minus their skipper Jim Weir, top scorer Roddy Grant and internationals Attila Sekerlioglu and Nick Dasovic. But it was the runaway leaders who left Dens Park happier with their share of the spoils.

The noisy travelling army from Perth were intent on making it a carnival atmosphere inside the ground.

But there was no repeat of their 7-2 victory last time. Dundee were dealt an early blow as Lee Power had to leave the field for stitches after only 18 minutes.

George Shaw replaced the injured striker and Dundee were saved by the woodwork one minute later, with Philip Scott thundering a 25-yard shot off the post.

Despite the early scare, the Dark Blues fought back and may have had a penalty when teenager Jerry O'Driscoll was felled by Saints keeper Alan Main. But with the home fans screaming for a spot kick referee Mike McCurry waved away all claims.

As the pace became more frantic, Philip Scott raced through the Dundee defence on a great run before skying his effort into the stand.

O'Boyle headed over before half-time and Paul Tosh and Leigh Jenkinson were booked after a verbal exchange.

In the second half Jenkinson came close to a spectacular opener from 25 yards and O'Driscoll headed wide with Saints' goal gaping. Then Main dived to save a George Shaw shot after neat football by the home forwards. Iain Anderson came close with a 30-yard piledriver as Dundee pressed.

A minute later, Anderson had to receive treatment after a nasty head clash with John McQuillan.

Then the Dundee man was booked for his efforts. Saints' YTS striker Kieran McAnespie was almost the hero. But he was denied a winner with a wonder save by Gary McGlynn.

Delighted Saints boss Paul Sturrock said: "If someone had told me before the game we would get a point, I would have been pleased.

"I was unhappy with how we used the ball but it is results that matter now."

Dundee gaffer John McCormack said: "I will not concede the title. There are still 21 points to play for.

"I would have liked to have pegged St Johnstone back. But I was not disappointed with the performance."

Squad Statistics (as at March 15th, 1997)

1996-97 All Time
Gary McGlynn (GK)19 9 - 9 -
Robbie Raeside24 394394
Barry Smith23 37 - 58 -
Craig Tully21 19 - 24 -
Gary McKeown26 19 - 803
Hugh Robertson21 111111
Dariusz Adamczuk27 351592
Iain Anderson19 3567310
Paul Tosh23 33713527
Jerry O'Driscoll18 18102411
Lee Power24 136136
Kevin Magee (sub)25 251251
George Shaw (sub)28 23613245

League Table (as at March 15th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Whilst it would have obviously been preferable to have won both the back to back fixtures against Morton, it was good to bounce back from the disappointment of the Scottish Cup exit with a fully merited three points from the league meeting four days later.

What was equally as heartening was the way the crowd got behind us to help us record an important victory.

Unfortunately, the team were not able to continue the good work at East Fife. We only have ourselves to blame for what was undoubtedly a case of two points dropped. Chances were made, but we didn't take them and that was the top and bottom of us failing to leave Methil with maximum points.

I am actively looking to add to the playing staff. However, it isn't a case of just trying to bring in a new face purely for the sake of freshening up the squad. What I want is to enhance the team by bringing in players of better quality. That is not to say I am unhappy with the means at my disposal, but obviously a fresh face would be a boost as we enter the final straight of the promotion race.

Nonetheless, we remain in second place and that means promotion is still in our own hands. Many, however, will view the visit of leaders St. Johnstone as a make or break fixture. I couldn't disagree that it is a very important game, but like all league games, there are only three points at stake.

So what I want to see is our players go out and express themselves and extend our excellent form at home.