St Johnstone 2
Dundee 0
League (First Division)

St Johnstone 

2 - 0


League (First Division)
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 4,307
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Sheerin (53)
Steven Milne (86)

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Main
2. Stuart McCaffre
3. Kevin Rutkiewicz
4. Gary Irvine
5. Liam Craig
6. Martin Hardie
7. Chris Millar
8. Paul Sheerin
9. Collin Samuel
10. Gavin Swankie
11. Steven Milne
Robert Douglas .1
David Cowan .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Craig McKeown .4
Eddie Malone .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Eric Paton .7
Chris Pozniak .8
Rhian Dodds .9
Mark Gilhaney .10
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .11

12. Euan Mclean
14. Andrew Jackson
15. Derek Holmes
16. Kevin Moon
17. Alan Morgan
Ludovic Roy .12
Eddie Mearns .14
David O'Brien .15
Colin McMenamin .16
Robert Davidson .17

Derek Holmes for Collin Samuel (69)
Kevin Moon for Gavin Swankie (69)
Alan Morgan for Martin Hardie (75)
Colin McMenamin for Frédéric Daquin (63)
Robert Davidson for Chris Pozniak (82)
David O'Brien for Colin McMenamin (90)

Kevin Rutkiewicz (34)
Collin Samuel (42)
Chris Millar (43)
Gavin Swankie (57)
Stuart McCaffrey (62)
David Cowan (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Iain Brines (Referee)
Gordon Middleton & Alan Hogg (Assistants)

Match Report

Two second half goals from Saints gave the Perth side all three points as Dundee's goal drought continued for another week. A great goal from Paul Sheerin and a late strike from ex Dee. Steven Milne saw Dundee slip to a 2-0 defeat.

Alex Rae made the bold decision to change his tactics and went with a 4-5-1 formation that matched up to the home sides own 4-5-1 set up. Three changes were made from last weekends 3- O defeat to Livingston. New loan arrival Rhian Dodds went straight into the starting line up after joining the club from Kilmarnock on Thursday. David Cowan and Freddie Daquin both joined Dodds replacing Bob Davidson and David O'Brien who dropped to the bench and Paul McHale who Alex Rae revealed after the match has picked up a calf injury and will be out for 2-3 weeks.

Cowan started at right back with Eric Paton moving into central midfield next to Dodds and Chris Pozniak. A smaller than usual travelling support made the short journey to Perth and it was Dundee who had the first chance.

Less than a minute in and Dundee had won a corner. Daquin delivered and it was Craig McKeown who headed wide. A lot of the build up pre match was focussed around ex Dee Gavin Swankie and his first appearance in light blue against his old side. Dundee fans were quick to let Swankie know what they thought of his move to St. Johnstone and the winger was involved in Saints first push forward.

Swankie got away for Eddie Malone down the right but when he cut into the box the left back perfectly timed his challenge and nicked the ball away from the winger. Dundee's second chance of the afternoon came from another set piece after Paton had found Gilhaney on the left with a lovely lifted ball out wide.

Malone found the head of McKeown for the second time but a foul gave Saints a free kick. Lone striker Mickael Antoine Curier was next to head wide from a set piece and it was looking like that was the only way Dundee would end their goal drought.

Saints tested Douglas when Steven Milne played Collin Samuel away on the right but the Trinidad strikers shot from a tight angle was an easy take for the Dundee keeper. Gary Mackenzie then had the ball in the wrong net but the referee saw something no one else seemed to and saved the big defenders blushes.

Swankie delivered a free kick from the left and under pressure from Martin Hardie a flick on header from MacKenzie beat keeper Douglas. The home side thought they had taken the lead and after little protest from Dundee it came as a shock when whistler lain Brines awarded a free kick to The Dark Blues.

MacKenzie had a chance at the right end next when Paton crossed from yet another set piece but the defenders header was over. Dundee new boy Rhian Dodds then had the best chance of the half and had it not been for the experienced Saints keeper Alan Main he could have put Dundee one up..

A Chris Millar loose pass gave Gilhaney the ball on the edge of the box. The winger turned and found Daquin in the area, but the Frenchman first time shot was miss hit and headed into the path of Dodds. Main was down well to push away the new boys effort inside the six yard box.

Dundee's last chance of the half came from a free kick again but this time one in a shooting position. Curier hammered it low but after hitting the wall it was little danger to Main's goal.

Both sides had good chances early in the second period before Saints broke the deadlock 53 minutes in. A good passing move ended with Daquin skipping into space on the right but just as the winger seemed to be in a great position his shot was well off the mark. A minute later a Liam Craig cross caused all sorts of problems in the Dundee box and Mackenzie threw himself to the ground to block Chris Millar's shot at the back post. Dundee's defence didn't keep Saints at bay for much longer though as a Paul Sheerin curling shot gave the home side the lead.

Martin Hardie spread the ball to Sheerin on the edge of the box and after turning backwards and forward he found himself in space and picked his spot in the top corner of the net beautifully

Dundee chucked on Colin McMenamin and straight away the striker seemed to inject some urgency in the Dens Park side. Some nice passing moves came to nothing and Mark Gilhaney had a shot from distance which was well held by Alan Main before the game dipped again.

McMenamin headed over from a corner before Dundee introduced Bob Davidson in place of Pozniak. Three minutes later though the game was all but over when Steven Milne got on the ball just outside the box.

Millar played the ball through the Dundee defence and as McKeown fouled Saints sub Holmes ex Dee Milne was on it like a shot and fired the ball past Douglas.

Dundee had one last chance when Gilhaney crossed from the left but McMenamin couldn't make proper contact and fired over. McMenamin's game was over slightly before the final whistle however and after turning awkwardly was carried off and replaced by David O'Brien for the final moments.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 27th, 2008)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 9 - 142 -
David Cowan26 7 - 21 -
Gary Mackenzie22 9 - 701
Eddie Malone23 10 - 381
Craig McKeown23 4 - 4 -
Eric Paton30 102102
Chris Pozniak27 9191
Rhian Dodds28 1 - 1 -
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 1032112
Frédéric Daquin30 7 - 443
Mark Gilhaney23 10 - 10 -
David O'Brien (sub)24 9 - 332
Colin McMenamin (sub)27 10 - 226
Robert Davidson (sub)22 6 - 5311

League Table (as at September 27th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.