Dundee 0
St Johnstone 1
League (First Division)


Dundee
0 - 1
St Johnstone 

League (First Division)
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,193
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Kelvin Jack (o.g.) (54)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Owen Coyle

Starting Eleven
1. Kelvin Jack
2. Stuart McCluskey
3. Bobby Mann
4. Lee Wilkie
5. Paul Dixon
7. Barry Smith
8. Garry Brady
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Scott Robertson
10. Simon Lynch
11. Tam McManus
Matthew Glennon .1
Steven Anderson .2
Kevin Rutkiewicz .3
Kevin Fotheringham .4
Goran Stanic .5
Ryan Stevenson .6
Darren Sheridan .7
John Henry .8
Paul Sheerin .9
Jason Scotland .10
Martin Hardie .11

Bench
12. Scott Murray
14. Colin Marshall
15. Callum MacDonald
16. Steven Craig
17. Bryan Deasley
Kevin Cuthbert .12
Jim Weir .14
Jamie Winter .15
Owen Coyle .16
Steve Milne .17

Substitutions
Callum MacDonald for Lee Wilkie (15)
Steven Craig for Kevin McDonald (53)
Bryan Deasley for Simon Lynch (68)
Steve Milne for John Henry (68)

Cautions
Stuart McCluskey (87)
Kevin Fotheringham (43)
Martin Hardie (79)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Toner (Referee)
Paul Cheyne & Andrew Aird (Assistants)


Match Report


An own goal from Kelvin Jack handed St Johnstone the points from a less than inspiring game. Bad as the result was, Lee Wilkie breaking down and leaving the action on a stretcher was what left the Dens support even more deflated.

Before kick off there was an impressive minute's applause in memory of Jimmy Johnstone.

After the Airdrie hammering Dundee had a much more familiar look to their line up and started the brighter of the contestants. Chief marksman Simon Lynch fired a shot from just inside the St Johnstone box and the rebound off a visiting defender fell to the feet of Barry Smith who had burst into the danger area, but his hooked shot flew high over the crossbar. Saints hit back but Scotland fired wide when one on one with Jack.

Midway through the first half most of the Dundee fans in the ground lost interest in the proceedings after witnessing Lee Wilkie collapse to the ground in agony. His departure on a stretcher in tears left everyone of a Dark Blue persuasion devastated.

Jason Scotland was clean through on Jack minutes on 21 minutes, but the Trinidad keeper did well to deny his fellow-countryman.

And Scotland was in again after the break, riding a challenge and driving in from an acute angle but Jack again denied him.

Dundee then enjoyed a short spell of possession and pressure with Brady swinging over three dangerous crosses in quick succession and from the last of these the home side came as close as they would all afternoon to taking the lead. The high ball eluded Glennon and was met with a cushioned header by Scott Robertson that sailed over the head of the Saints keeper, but was booted off the line by Kevin Fotheringham.

It proved to be a vital clearance because just two minutes later Saints had the lead.

Good work by an impressive Goran Stanic led to a corner kick and when Sheridan's ball came into the area, Kelvin Jack just two yards from goal jumped with Jason Scotland alongside him, but essentially unchallenged and he inexplicably fumbled the ball into the back of his own net for an own goal, much to the delight of the Perth support seated behind him. The Trinidad keeper sat forlornly for a few moments before deciding to pursue referee Kevin Toner, presumably in an attempt to convince the official he had been fouled, but he must have known his protests would be in vain.

Saints continued to enjoy the bulk of possession, but they created few clear chances, though Dundee equally lacked a cutting edge.

In 69 minutes Steven Milne came on against his former club, replacing John Henry with Martin Hardie moving back into midfield. Hardie had a chance to extend the lead when he got on the end of a Sheerin cross but his effort was well over the bar and moments later he was booked for one foul too many.

The final minutes saw Dundee pile forward and keeper Jack was up for the final corner of the match as they tried to grasp a point, but they never really threatened to score.

In injury time Kelvin Jack went upfield to see if he grab a goal from a corner kick, but it wasn't to be and he was left to reflect on his error that gave Saints the points they ultimately deserved.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at March 18th, 2006)


2005-06 All Time
Age
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 19 - 21 -
Paul Dixon19 321321
Bobby Mann32 384704
Stuart McCluskey - 15 - 15 -
Barry Smith32 38 - 4264
Lee Wilkie25 311357
Garry Brady29 34 - 1392
Kevin McDonald17 262262
Scott Robertson20 362462
Simon Lynch23 36183618
Tam McManus25 2764110
Callum MacDonald (sub)22 29 - 711
Bryan Deasley (sub)17 143143
Steven Craig (sub)25 164164






League Table (as at March 18th, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Our last two outings sum up our season perfectly. Having gone from the highs of beating Hamilton to reach the semi-final, came the lows of last week's defeat at Airdrie.

Obviously there were extenuating circumstances behind that result with none of the players who won against Hamilton involved.

However, that doesn't get away from the fact that too often this season, the players have been up for certain games, yet not for others.

The fact is that we have badly underachieved in the league and we must start showing the kind of form of which we are capable.

On our day, as we have proved in the games against St Mirren, we are good enough to beat the best, but unfortunately, on too many occasions, it hasn't been our day.

And although it may be a bit late in the day as far as promotion is concerned, I want to see us win as many points as possible.

I know that it is easier said than done, but the players must put the Scottish Cup on the back burner.

The plain truth is our league position is nowhere near good enough.

Out of the seven games that we have left, I want us to win at least five of them.

That starts today against my former club St Johnstone and, of course, in addition to the three points available, being a local derby, local pride is also at stake.

We haven't fared too badly against Saints drawing both games at Perth and edging home against them here at Dens by the odd goal in three.

But they are a good side that has improved of late.

Big Kevin James in defence and Danny Sheridan, who makes them tick in midfield, are two of their outstanding players.

And they don't lack firepower up front with Stephen Dobbie and Jason Scotland up front as well as Steven Milne possibly in line for a return after injury.

Therefore, we know it won't be easy, but if we apply ourselves in the right way, there's no reason why we can't repeat our win over them here earlier in the season.