Scottish Premiership
Dundee2St Johnstone1

Dundee 2-1 St Johnstone

Dundee's James McPake celebrates
James McPake opened the scoring for Dundee

First-half goals from James McPake and Kane Hemmings set up Dundee for three points against their Tayside rivals.

McPake grabbed his second goal in two games as he volleyed the home side ahead from a Nicky Low corner.

The excellent Low set up Kane Hemmings for the second, finding the striker's head with a fine cross.

Steven MacLean brought Saints back into it, but there was to be no equaliser as Dundee recorded only their second home win over St Johnstone since 2008.

Kevin Thomson and Rory Loy failed to recover from knocks suffered in the Dundee derby, so Paul McGowan and Low started for the home side.

Saints club captain Dave Mackay returned to the heart of the defence, with Chris Millar and MacLean also included.

The home side were quickly on the attack but Greg Stewart's volley at the back post failed to trouble Alan Mannus in the Saints goal.

St Johnstone had a penalty shout turned down when Michael O'Halloran tumbled under a challenge by Paul McGinn, but referee Kevin Clancy waved away the claims.

The home side responded by taking the lead after 15 minutes. Low swung in a corner from the left and McPake acrobatically twisted to send a left-foot volley high into the top left-hand corner of the goal.

Gary Harkins and McGinn came close to adding a second before Scott Bain denied Saints an equaliser with a magnificent one-handed save from a Graham Cummins volley.

Paul Hartley's side doubled their advantage before the break. Low found space down the left and sent in an inch-perfect cross for Hemmings, who cushioned a header into the back of the net.

Eight minutes into the second half, Saints clawed their way back into the game when MacLean knocked the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box after a good run and cross by O'Halloran down the right.

Dundee striker Kane Hemmings celebrates
Kane Hemmings scored Dundee's second goal against St Johnstone at Dens Park

Nick Ross then missed two golden opportunities to regain the two-goal advantage for Dundee. His first effort was saved by Mannus when clean through, then the midfielder had a fresh air shot from just six yards out with the goal gaping.

St Johnstone introduced John Sutton and Simon Lappin but failed to make the breakthrough with the home side collecting all three points.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 5McPakeBooked at 63minsSubstituted forKonradat 65'minutes
  • 3Holt
  • 17Ross
  • 18McGowan
  • 8LowSubstituted forMeggattat 74'minutes
  • 29HarkinsBooked at 88mins
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forTankulicat 79'minutes
  • 7StewartBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 4Konrad
  • 6Meggatt
  • 11Ferry
  • 12Mitchell
  • 21Tankulic
  • 28Carreiro

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 2Mackay
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24Easton
  • 7Millar
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 21mins
  • 26CraigSubstituted forLappinat 62'minutes
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forKaneat 78'minutes
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forSuttonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lappin
  • 5Wright
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 15McKay
  • 16Caddis
  • 25Kane
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
6,176

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 2, St. Johnstone 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 2, St. Johnstone 1.

Chris Millar (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

Attempt saved. Chris Millar (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Gary Harkins (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Millar (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

Attempt missed. John Sutton (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Daryll Meggatt.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Luka Tankulic replaces Kane Hemmings.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane replaces Steven MacLean.

Paul McGinn (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone).

Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Daryll Meggatt replaces Nicky Low.

Attempt saved. Nick Ross (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. John Sutton replaces Graham Cummins.

Booking

Greg Stewart (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Greg Stewart (Dundee).

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Thomas Konrad replaces James McPake because of an injury.

Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McPake (Dundee).

Booking

James McPake (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Simon Lappin replaces Liam Craig.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Brad McKay (St. Johnstone) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 2, St. Johnstone 1. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael O'Halloran.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by James McPake.

Foul by Nick Ross (Dundee).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts4400105512
2Celtic4310104610
3Aberdeen33005149
4Dundee42119547
5Hamilton31114224
6Ross County411245-14
7Dundee Utd411247-34
8Partick Thistle403124-23
9Motherwell410326-43
10St Johnstone402268-22
11Inverness CT402236-32
12Kilmarnock4022410-62
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