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St Johnstone Vs Dundee MATCH THREAD
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On Sunday, Dundee will travel the short distance to Perth to take on St.Johnstone at McDiarmid Park in the SPFL Premiership and here we have everything you need to know about the hosts.

Match Info

FIXTURE: St.Johnstone v Dundee

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership

DATE: Sunday 23rd October 2016

KICK-OFF: 12.00pm

VENUE: McDiarmid Park

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1884

STADIUM: McDiarmid Park

CAPACITY: 10,696

PITCH SIZE: 105m x 69m

MANAGER: Tommy Wright

CHAIRMAN: Steve Brown

NICKNAME: The Saints

MASCOTS:                Brogan the Beagle

CLUB COLOURS: Royal blue and white

HONOURS: Scottish Cup Winners 2013/14

RECORD WIN: 13-0 v Tulloch, Perthshire Cup, 17th September 1887

CLUB WEBSITE: http://www.perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk

Getting to the Ground

The full address of McDiarmid Park for Sat-Nav is McDiarmid Park, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2SJ.

McDiarmid Park is situated out with Perth city centre on the Crieff Road just before B&Q. The easiest way to get to the stadium is by car as there is on site parking. Follow signs for Inverness. After you pass Broxden roundabout, take the next slip road signposted for Crieff and Crianlarich. Turn right at the roundabout and the stadium is further along on the left hand side, just past the roundabout at B&Q. 

Head to Head v St.Johnstone

LEAGUE: Won 54, Drawn 36, Lost 45

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 1

LEAGUE CUP: Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 3

TOTALS: Won 66, Drawn 40, Lost 49

Last Five Dundee v St.Johnstone Matches

12/02/2016 | Home | Premiership | Won 2-0 | 4,876 | Hemmings (2)

27/11/2015 | Away | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 4,598 | Wotherspoon / Hemmings

15/08/2015 | Home | Premiership | Won 2-1 | 6,176 | McPake, Hemmings / MacLean

25/04/2015 | Home | Premiership | Lost 0-2 | 6,530 | Swanson, Davidson

11/04/2015 | Away | Premiership | Lost 1-0 | 6,386 | Graham

Last Meeting

Dundee’s last encounter with St Johnstone saw the Dark Blues dominate proceedings with a comfortable 2-0 win. Kane Hemmings turned home a rebound after Greg Stewart’s effort was saved by Alan Mannus. The striker, who was red-hot in front of goal for the home side, doubled Dundee’s lead after being played through by Gary Harkins and finishing with ease past Mannus.

The visitors were on a poor run of form. Ten weeks had gone by without the Saints recording a win.

The Dens Park surface had to endure a lot of rainfall during the day of the match and was playing very heavy by the time kick off had arrived. Both players adapted to the conditions, especially Dundee who had the best chance inside 15 minutes when Hemmings broke clear through on goal but couldn’t put the hosts ahead as his effort was wide of the mark. He didn’t keep quiet though. In the 21st minute, Dundee took a more than deserved lead. Stewart fired a venomous shot on Alan Mannus’ goal that the Saints’ number one could only parry into the path of Hemmings who made no mistake from five yards out.

Stewart and Hemmings were running riot and Mannus had to make sure he was on his toes on numerous occasions with the Dark Blues’ forwards looking sharp.

Kane Hemmings was at it again after the break after he doubled his and Dundee’s goal tally when he blasted past Mannus in the 51st minute. Gary Harkins robbed the ball from Swanson’s possession and played through Hemmings who finished with supreme confidence.

This would be the final score in a game that was never in doubt of a Dundee win.

Dundee: Bain, McGinn, O’Dea, Konrad, Holt, Ross, McGowan, Harkins (Extabeguren 86’), Loy (Low 81), Stewart, Hemmings

Booked – O’Dea, Stewart

St. Johnstone: Mannus, Shaughnessy, Fisher, Anderson, Scobbie, Swanson, Lappin, Davidson, Wotherspoon (Craig 60), MacLean (Sutton 69’), Cummins (Kane 69’)

Booked: Fisher, Swanson, Davidson, Cummins

St.Johnstone’s Season So Far

St.Johnstone have had a decent start to their 2016/17 season. They’ve only lost three of their nine games so far this season and occupy the 5th spot on 14 points in the SPFL Premiership, just three points behind Hearts in third.

Let’s have a look at their opening few games in detail.

They kicked things off with an away trip to Elgin in the newly formatted league cup where they ran out convincing 1-3 winners and followed up this result in the next round with a 3-0 win at home to Falkirk who threatened promotion from the SPFL Championship last season. Next up was Brechin at Glebe Park where the Saints would have to hold out for a 1-1 draw and their final league cup group stage match was against Stirling Albion who were the visitors to McDiarmid Park but the hosts made no mistake and hit Albion for four in a straight forward 4-0 win which saw the Perth side through to the knockout stages.

In the league, Saints got off to a steady start as they welcomed Aberdeen on the opening day where both sides cancelled each other out and shared the points in a 0-0 draw.

It was back to league cup duty and Saints kept up their good domestic form by seeing off Hearts at McDiarmid Park in a 3-2 win in which Danny Swanson scored the pick of the goals.

St.Johnstone then travelled to Motherwell and took away all three points with a 1-2 win against the Steelmen but their unbeaten start in the league was to come to an end when Celtic were the visitors to Perth and came out as 2-4 winners. They would bounce back though and win two of their next three games but after the home game against Hearts, Saints were dumped out of the league cup by Aberdeen at Pittodrie after losing 1-0.

Since then the Perth side have won one, drawn one and lost one.

It’s been a typical St.Johnstone season so far, consistently steady and it’s this sort of form that has seen them almost over-achieve in seasons of late.

It’ll be a tricky test for the Dark Blues who have struggled so far this season and currently sit bottom of the SPFL Premiership so The Dee will no doubt have to be at their best to take something from Tommy Wright’s side. 

Top Scorers

DUNDEE: Loy 2, O’Hara 2, El Bakhtaoui 1, Holt 1, Low 1

ST.JOHNSTONE: MacLean 3, Swanson 3, Anderson 1, Craig 1, Cummins 1

Tickets

Ticket Office: 01382 889966 (Option 1)

St. Johnstone vs. Dundee – Sunday, October 23rd – 12

Dundee take on St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park this Sunday.

The match is pay at the gate and kicks off at 12.

Prices will be as follows:

Adults – £23

Over 65s – £13

13-18 year olds – £12

Accompanied kids aged 12 and under – free of charge

Turnstile 11 will offer a family deal of 1 adult and up to two kids aged 12 and under for £16.  One additional adult in the family group £16

Ambulant disabled and wheelchairs will be accommodated in the north end of the West Stand at a cost of £14 including a carer and should be booked via the Dundee FC Ticket Office.  A limited number of accessible parking spaces for visiting supporters are available and should be booked via Dundee FC Ticket Office at the same time as booking ambulant/wheelchair access

Supporters Information

DFC supporters will be accommodated in the North Stand behind the goal.

Entry by turnstiles 8 – 11

Turnstile 11 will be admission for families only.

In the event that the North Stand reaches capacity then turnstiles 5, 6 & 7 will be opened in the West Stand.

Disabled patrons should enter the stadium at the fire door beside turnstiles 5 6 & 7 in the West Stand.

Car/Coach parking as always will be on the west side of the all-weather pitch.

Supporters must note that the exit slip on to the motorway will be closed and not in use. This will add to the time taken to clear traffic from the Stadium grounds. Please be patient!

All exiting traffic will be via the north exits onto Glasgow Road.  Stewards and Police will be on duty to control and direct. Please follow their instructions.

Dundee FC supporters are advised that due to circumstances beyond the control of St Johnstone FC, the traffic gate normally used by the away team support to egress onto the adjacent trunk road will not be in operation and supporters are asked to exercise patience at the end of the game as stewards and Police clear the car park via the other available exits

Coaches will be held back for a short time before being allowed to exit. 

McDiarmid Park is a No Smoking Stadium. This include the use of E-cigarettes.

Supporters are reminded that it is an offence to attempt to enter the Stadium whilst drunk and indeed it is also an offence to attempt to bring alcohol into the Stadium

Likewise it is an offence to attempt to bring into the Stadium any kind of controlled container or pyrotechnic device. In the interests of everyone’s safety, supporters may be asked to submit to search prior to entry.

How To Watch

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Sunday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Monday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV on Friday.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game.

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The Dark Blues lost 2-1 at McDiarmid Park in today’s lunchtime match. Steven Anderson put St Johnstone ahead after an hour, with Danny Swanson adding the second from the penalty spot. Rory Loy’s penalty pulled a goal back for the Dee, but Saints held on for a win they deserved for their second half performance.

Dundee made two changes from last week. Darren O’Dea returned from injury, replacing Kosta Gadzhalov in central defence, and Nick Ross came in for the injured Mark O’Hara in midfield. Saints’ only change was David Wotherspoon starting instead of Blair Alston.

The match got off to a slow start and never really picked up in a first half during which neither side looked sharp enough to deserve the lead or lift the fans from their seats.

In the early stages Saints were moving marginally more smoothly, but without penetrating a capable Dark Blue defence. The nearest the home side came to an early breakthrough was when Steven MacLean peeled off beyond the far post to head Brian Easton’s deep cross back across goal, but Scott Bain grabbed the ball to snuff out the danger.

Dundee gradually stepped up their game, pressing more effectively in midfield and for a few minutes showed some promise with some neat passing. The Dee passed up a great chance at the end of their best move of the half after 12 minutes. With only keeper Zander Clark to beat from 12 yards Yordi Teijsse shot straight at the goalie after Paul McGowan had raced into the penalty area on the end of a clever pass from Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

When Liam Craig handled just outside Saints’ penalty area Clark had to push Tom Hateley’s free kick round the post for a corner. After this brighter spell from Dundee the match swung back in Saints’ favour, without the hosts ever looking really convincing.

Murray Davidson caused a scare in the Dee penalty area when defensive hesitation allowed him to steal the ball but his pass flew across goal without finding a Saints player. The Dark Blues raced to the other end, with Danny Williams bursting into the box, creating space for El Bakhtaoui to have a go, only for his shot to be deflected for a corner.

After that flurry of excitement the game drifted disappointingly to the half time whistle. Danny Swanson, who was Saints most creative and dangerous player, tried a shot from 20 yards that Bain took easily, and that was the only noteworthy incident in the last 15 minutes of the half.

Shortly before half time Faissal El Bakhtaoui, who had been guilty of losing possession too often, needed treatment and was replaced by Michael Duffy.

The Dark Blues started the second half in promising fashion, putting Saints’ defence under pressure with James Vincent and Tom Hateley both having shots blocked. Nothing came of this spell, however, and the match soon settled back into a scrappy battle with neither defence looking in any trouble.

Ominously for Dundee the midfield and forwards couldn’t hold the ball and the Dundee defence was having to work harder than their hosts. There was little direct threat on the Dee’s goal, though Swanson had a fierce shot from 20 yards that Scott Bain had to gather at the second attempt.

After looking solid in defence for the first hour the Dark Blues’ defence conceded a bad goal from a set piece. Liam Craig’s free kick from the right found Steven ANDERSON running in unmarked at the far post, and the Saints’ captain scored with a well taken volley.

The Dark Blues couldn’t afford to concede the first goal when they are going through this poor spell and never looked like saving the game. St Johnstone’s defence was always well organised, and the midfield pressing meant that Dundee invariably ended up turning backwards or losing the ball.

The harder the Dee chased an equaliser the more space Saints had to play and go for a second goal. That came from the penalty spot, though the award was softer than a half boiled egg. Kevin Gomis and Steven MacLean both went up for a cross, both missed, and Mr Dallas pointed to the spot. Danny SWANSON scored, and the points looked safe for Saints.

Michael Coulson nearly added a third goal straight after coming off the bench, but his looping header from Swanson’s dinked cross came back off the crossbar.

Dundee tried hard to get back into the game, but Saints held them off comfortably and looked more likely to pick the Dee off on the break and score again. It was something of a surprise when the normally reliable home defence gave the Dee some hope by conceding a daft penalty after 87 minutes. Anderson used both hands to push Yordi Teijsse in the back as they challenged for a long throw. Rory Loy had come on for Tom Hateley, and he scored emphatically from the penalty spot.

In the three minutes of injury time Dundee camped out in the Saints’ half. The ball pinged around the home penalty area a few times, but apart from an O’Dea header that was hacked out of the six yard box, St Johnstone’s defence always looked in control of the situation. That very late charge was the only time in the match that St Johnstone were under any real pressure, and they held on for a win they deserved. They did not play fluent or exciting football today, but they were able to stop Dundee creating any real danger, especially in the second half, and calmly took advantage of the mistake which gave them the vital opening goal and turned the match decisively in their favour.

St Johnstone 4-4-2

Clark
Foster, Shaughnessy, Anderson ©, Easton
Craig, Wotherspoon, Davidson, Swanson (Paton 88)
Kane (Coulson 79), MacLean

Unused subs: Mannus (gk), Alston, Millar, Gordon, Cummins.

Goals: Anderson (61), Swanson (74 pen).

Booked: Davidson (simulation).

Dundee FC 3-5-2

Bain
Gomis, O’Dea ©, Holt
Hateley (Loy 75), McGowan, Vincent, Ross (Wighton 62), Williams
El Bakhtaoui (Duffy 41), Teijsse

Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Etxabeguren, Gadzhalov, Kerr.

Booked: Holt (foul on Davidson), Gomis (foul on MacLean).

Goal: Loy (87 pen).

Attendance: 3,646.

Referee: Andrew Dallas. Assistants: Graham Chambers, Andy Milne. Fourth official: Willie Collum.

Report: James Christie.

  




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