Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 0-2 St Johnstone

St Johnstone boosted their chance of a European spot with their second win over Dundee in fortnight, which moved them up to fourth in the Premiership.

Danny Swanson's second goal of the season gave the visitors the opener early in the second half.

Shortly after Dundee had striker Greg Stewart sent off, David Wotherspoon's shot deflected off Iain Davidson to increase Saints' lead.

The Perth side move above Dundee United, who face Celtic on Sunday.

Tommy Wright's men are now four points below Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who occupy the final Europa League play-off place, and two above United.

And, if Caley Thistle win the Scottish Cup final against Falkirk, fourth place will secure European football next season.

Swanson had returned to the Saints starting line-up and came close early on. After a clever nutmeg on Kevin Thomson at the left edge of the box Swanson curled a right foot strike just over the bar.

Miller was next to try his luck for the visitors as the home side failed to clear a corner kick. The full-back's volley looked goal bound until it was blocked by Thomas Konrad.

Jim McAlister and Chris Millar
Dundee and Saints were meeting for the final time this season

Saints had the better of the early period and it took Dundee until just after the half-hour mark before they forced Alan Mannus into a save.

Paul McGowan was the Dundee player who fired in a shot which took a wicked deflection and the goalkeeper had to stretch high to tip over.

That seemed to give the Dens Park men a lift and Greg Stewart sent in a driven cross which found no takers.

Paul McGinn then swung in a cross which Paul Heffernan failed to convert at the front post and Jim McAlister had a header comfortably saved by Mannus.

Dundee brought Iain Davidson to replace Konrad at the interval and he was called into action to show his defensive skills pretty quickly.

First he thwarted Brian Graham inside the box and then he cleared a Swanson cross at the front post.

But St Johnstone made the breakthrough courtesy of Swanson's terrific strike.

Dundee were reduced to 10 men when Stewart was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card.

Dundee forward Greg Stewart
Stewart's second booking was for simulation

Having been booked for a foul on Murray Davidson in the first half referee Craig Thomson gave the PFA Scotland player of the year nominee a second yellow for simulation after a challenge from Wright.

Chris Millar then fired an effort just wide of the target from 20 yards as the Perth side looked to utilise their one-man advantage.

However, Saints increased their lead when a Wotherspoon left-foot shot struck Davidson, who in his attempt to block diverted it into his own net.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4KonradSubstituted forDavidsonat 45'minutes
  • 5McPake
  • 3Dyer
  • 15StewartBooked at 63mins
  • 10Thomson
  • 18McGowan
  • 20McAlister
  • 49HeffernanSubstituted forTankulicat 57'minutes
  • 16ClarksonSubstituted forWightonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Letheren
  • 6Davidson
  • 21Tankulic
  • 24Black
  • 33Wighton
  • 47Harris
  • 48McGinn

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 5Wright
  • 3Scobbie
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 11SwansonSubstituted forCaddisat 86'minutes
  • 18DavidsonBooked at 69minsSubstituted forBrownat 81'minutes
  • 7Millar
  • 19Miller
  • 14GrahamSubstituted forO'Halloranat 72'minutes
  • 9MacLean

Substitutes

  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 17McFadden
  • 20Brown
  • 24Easton
  • 25Kane
  • 29O'Halloran
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
6,530

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home5
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, St. Johnstone 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, St. Johnstone 2.

Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

Gary Miller (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Willie Dyer (Dundee).

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luka Tankulic (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Caddis replaces Danny Swanson.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Scott Brown replaces Murray Davidson.

Attempt missed. James McPake (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frazer Wright (St. Johnstone).

James McPake (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone).

Luka Tankulic (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Miller (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Michael O'Halloran replaces Brian Graham.

Booking

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Goal!

Own Goal by Iain Davidson, Dundee. Dundee 0, St. Johnstone 2.

Foul by Jim McAlister (Dundee).

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces David Clarkson.

Attempt missed. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Greg Stewart (Dundee).

Greg Stewart (Dundee) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Dundee).

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Luka Tankulic replaces Paul Heffernan.

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, St. Johnstone 1. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brian Graham.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Dundee).

Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Jim McAlister (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Mackay (St. Johnstone).

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee 0, St. Johnstone 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Iain Davidson replaces Thomas Konrad.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dundee 0, St. Johnstone 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic33254470175379
2Aberdeen34235656292774
3Inverness CT331671045351055
4St Johnstone34156133132-151
5Dundee Utd32154135247549
6Dundee341111124547-244
7Hamilton34137144448-446
8Partick Thistle34118154339441
9Kilmarnock34108163650-1438
10Ross County34107174058-1837
11Motherwell3494213359-2631
12St Mirren3473242660-3424
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