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Summary

  1. Kane Hemmings with early goal for Dundee
  2. David Wotherspoon equalises for St Johnstone
  3. Saints go five games unbeaten
  4. Dundee's fifth 1-1 draw in six games

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Okay folks, I'll sign off now. Thank you for your company this evening. Make you join us again tomorrow for another busy Saturday in Scottish football.

It's the Scottish Cup third round, so we should get an upset or two...

A draw is probably a fair reflection of the game. I'm just disappointed with the way we started. At times we passed it well but not often enough. The second half was disjointed but that might have been down to the amount of rain."

Tommy WrightSt Johnstone manager

St Johnstone definitely had more muscle in midfield but their forwards had a bit of an off night, with Steven MacLean very quiet. Michael O'Halloran set up the equaliser with a great run but he didn't contribute much after that. 

Dundee have a few lively players in attack and midfield but do they lack an enforcer in the middle of the park? Someone who can throw his weight around and help protect the back four. I guess that's the role of Kevin Thomson, the skipper who missed out tonight through injury.

I thought we started brilliantly and we showed we're a good outfit on our day. I'm really pleased with the players' effort. We've been to Tynecastle and now that's another good result at a hard place to go."

Paul HartleyDundee manager

We'll have more live action tomorrow, starting with Rangers v St Mirren in the Petrofac Training Cup semi-final. That one will be live across BBC Radio Scotland, the BBC Sport website and BBC ALBA.

In the Premiership, we have:

Aberdeen v Ross County

Motherwell v Hearts

Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle

Dundee Utd v Hamilton

St Johnstone maintain their record of scoring in every league game this season. No other top flight side has managed that.

The first half was packed full of action, with two good goals and a horrible sleet shower thrown in. The second half was just horrible...

Murray Davidson wins a header for St Johnstone
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FULL-TIME

St Johnstone 1-1 Dundee

It's Dundee, so it's a draw. Five of their last six matches have ended with this scoreline. Saints miss the chance to move third in the table, while the visitors edge up to sixth place.

There's nothing coming off for anyone out there as play deteriorates. Late drama looks highly unlikely as a once promising match fizzles out.

We're into three minutes of stoppage-time in Perth.

Joe Shaughnessy gets his head to a free-kick as Chris Millar shells it long into the Dundee box but the Saints defender can only steer the ball well wide from 16 yards.

We're into the final five minutes and tempers are starting to fray, with a few tasty tackles going in. Will we get a winner or are Dundee heading for yet another draw?

Ricardo Calder unsettles the home defence with a strong run and he pokes the ball on to Greg Stewart, who takes aim with a curling shot from the edge of the box. However, the effort is weak and easily snaffled up by Allan Mannus.

St Johnstone's top-scorer Steven MacLean has been very quiet this evening and he's off for an early bath as we get a look at Craig Thomson. The 20-year-old will take over in midfield, with Michael O'Halloran joining John Sutton in attack.

Saints win a free-kick to the right of the penalty box and goalkeeper Scott Bain punches clear from David Wotherspoon's whipped delivery. The midfielder is then booked for kicking the ball away after a foul is given against him.

Dundee make their last change as Nicky Low makes way for Ricardo Calder. The teenage sub is on loan from Aston Villa and he can really shift.

David Wotherspoon is wincing again but this time in frustration as his curling shot flashes wide of the far post. The Saints midfielder did well to drift past a couple of tackles in the box but the strike didn't match that good work.

A couple of changes to report. John Sutton replaces Chris Kane in the St Johnstone attack, while Dundee defender Tomas Konrad is on for a limping Julien Etxabeguren.

Ouch!

David Wotherspoon is wincing in pain as Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain clatters into his shins when sliding out to gather the ball. He'll be fine...

Midway through the second half and it's all gone rather quiet. I'm sure home manager Tommy Wright would like to see Michael O'Halloran get on the ball a bit more. He's a player that can make things happen with his pace and direct style.

Michael O'Halloran and Kevin Holt
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Dundee boss Paul Hartley is first to shuffle his pack, bringing on Gary Harkins for Nick Ross. When he's in the mood, Harkins is a real game-changer.

Defenders are on top right now as the chances dry up. That might have something to do with the more benign conditions but it's certainly less entertaining.

Saints striker Chris Kane is very late in a challenge with Julien Etxabeguren, catching the Spaniard on the toes, which is never nice but always worse on a cold, wet night. Referee Alan Muir keeps his cards in his pocket as he serves out a warning.

Much like the first half, play is whizzing from one end to the other at a rapid rate of knots. It's been an absorbing contest but if I had one gripe it would be set-pieces; corners and free-kicks have been of a low standard so far.

It's Loy v Anderson round two, with the Saints defender making a vital block from the Dundee striker's low cross in a busy penalty box.

Rory Loy goes down in a tangle with Steven Anderson on the edge of the penalty box. The visiting fans cry in hope of a spot-kick but the foul goes against the Dundee striker.

KICK-OFF

The game is back up and running as St Johnstone start the second half. The rain and sleet has gone off but it will still be very squelchy under foot.

It's been lively and we've had two good goals. More of the same please.

"Saints are one of the few teams that can still win the treble," an optimistic fan tells roving BBC Scotland reporter Brian McLauchlin at McDiarmid Park. He also claims to have been following the club for "100 years", so he might not be entirely serious...

If you ask people who the best St Johnstone player is, you'll get a lot of different answers. They are a real team."

Craig PatersonBBC Sportsound pundit

But the visitors' lead didn't last long as David Wotherspoon crashed in a powerful shot to level matters.

David Wotherspoon celebrates his equaliser
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Quick recap. Dundee got off to a flyer at McDiarmid Park, with Kane Hemmings drilling home an excellent strike.

Kane Hemmings opens the scoring for Dundee
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HALF-TIME

St Johnstone 1-1 Dundee

All square at the interval. Should we be surprised with draw specialists Dundee in town?

Just a few minutes remaining in the first half as play rages from end to end, without either goalkeeper being seriously tested.

Steven Anderson gives Allan Mannus and the home fans a real fright with a woeful back-pass. The goalkeeper manages to just get there ahead of Kane Hemmings to hack the ball clear.

This is a good spell for St Johnstone and Paul McGinn does well to head clear under pressure from Chris Kane at the back post. 

CLOSE!

Saints midfielder Murray Davidson runs on to a Joe Shaughnessy cross to thunder a volley over the top from near the penalty spot. Dundee boss Paul Hartley won't be happy at the room Davidson had there.

St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean has a shot from 25 yards and it's not one of his best efforts as the ball slithers wide on the slick surface.

Dundee striker Greg Stewart darts between a couple of opponents to find room for a shot on the edge of the penalty area but the effort is skewed wide of the target.

Good news. BBC Radio Scotland commentator Rob Maclean is back on air, sounding smooth as ever, after those technical issues.