Scottish Premiership
St Johnstone2Dundee1

Scottish Premiership: St Johnstone 2-1 Dundee

Media playback is not supported on this device

Highlights: St Johnstone 2-1 Dundee

St Johnstone moved up to fourth in the Scottish Premiership after seeing off a lacklustre Dundee at McDiarmid Park.

Steven Anderson broke the deadlock when he drifted in at the back post to get his boot to Liam Craig's free-kick.

Danny Swanson doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Kevin Gomis brought down Steven MacLean.

Michael Coulson's header hit the bar as Saints sought a third, before Rory Loy gave Dundee late hope with a penalty after Yordi Teijsse was bundled over.

Although they were under the cosh in the opening proceedings, it was Dundee who had the first real opportunity of the game, but Teijsse's effort from Paul McGowan's fine pass was poor and straight at Zander Clark in the Saints goal.

The home keeper was again called into action when he parried a Tom Hateley free-kick behind for a corner.

Dundee striker Fassail el Bhaktaoui was not having the best of days and, when he took a knock on his calf just before half-time, manager Paul Hartley decided to make the change with Michael Duffy the replacement.

Swanson was posing a real threat for Saints down the left hand side and forced a save out of Scott Bain in the visitors' goal early in the second half.

Just after the hour mark the home side deservedly made the breakthrough.

Craig floated a free-kick deep into the Dundee box and Saints captain Anderson volleyed the ball high into the roof of the net.

Danny Swanson scores a penalty
Danny Swanson scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-0

The hosts then doubled their advantage when referee Andrew Dallas pointed to the spot after a challenge by Gomis on MacLean.

Swanson stepped up and blasted the ball home, piling more misery on the Dundee fans who made the short trip to Perth.

The influential Swanson had teased the Dundee defence all afternoon and in the move of the game he set up Coulson for a header that came back off the crossbar with Bain rooted to his line.

With two minutes left Dundee pulled one back when Teijsse was pushed to the ground by Anderson and substitute Loy sent Clark the wrong way from the spot.

Despite a spirited onslaught, Saints held on for victory with Dundee - who have now lost five in a row - remaining at the bottom of the table.

Manager reaction

St Johnstone's Tommy Wright: "It would have been a travesty if they had equalised. We totally dominated the game. I'm really pleased with how we played, how we moved the ball, but in the last few minutes we put ourselves in a position we shouldn't have been in.

"He (Swanson) is a key player for us, he knows that, and we do give him the freedom when the ball is in the opposition half to go and play as he sees it."

Dundee's Paul Hartley: "It's a reality check in terms of where we are. We're in a fight just now and we can't get away from that. We've not got enough points, not good enough. We have to all take responsibility. We've got to start doing our talking on the pitch.

"I'm frustrated how we played today. I'm angry, in the second half we didn't perform whatsoever.

"We've got a strong enough squad and on our day we can compete with anybody. But just now it's not happening for us."

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 12Clark
  • 24Easton
  • 6Anderson
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 19Foster
  • 11SwansonSubstituted forPatonat 89'minutes
  • 26Craig
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 33mins
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 9MacLean
  • 25KaneSubstituted forCoulsonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannus
  • 4Alston
  • 7Millar
  • 17Coulson
  • 18Paton
  • 23Gordon
  • 29Cummins

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 3HoltBooked at 23mins
  • 6O'Dea
  • 55GomisBooked at 75mins
  • 11Williams
  • 18McGowan
  • 4Vincent
  • 17RossSubstituted forWightonat 63'minutes
  • 7HateleySubstituted forLoyat 76'minutes
  • 19Teijsse
  • 20El BakhtaouiSubstituted forDuffyat 42'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Loy
  • 10Duffy
  • 12Mitchell
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 30Kerr
  • 33Wighton
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,646

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 2, Dundee 1.

Full Time

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

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory Loy (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Paul Paton replaces Danny Swanson.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Dundee 1. Rory Loy (Dundee) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Dundee. Yordi Teijsse draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

Attempt saved. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Michael Coulson (St. Johnstone) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Michael Coulson replaces Christopher Kane.

Foul by Richard Foster (St. Johnstone).

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Rory Loy replaces Tom Hateley.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Dundee 0. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Kevin Gomis (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty St. Johnstone. Steven MacLean draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Kevin Gomis (Dundee) after a foul in the penalty area.

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yordi Teijsse (Dundee).

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Yordi Teijsse (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Hateley (Dundee).

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone).

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

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin Gomis (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Nick Ross.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 1, Dundee 0. Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Craig following a set piece situation.

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Williams (Dundee).

Attempt blocked. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic87102681822
2Aberdeen9531178918
3Hearts9522167917
4St Johnstone105231310317
5Rangers94321111015
6Inverness CT102441318-510
7Ross County10244814-610
8Kilmarnock102441020-1010
9Motherwell92341114-39
10Hamilton91531115-48
11Partick Thistle91441014-47
12Dundee10136916-76
View full Scottish Premiership table

Top Stories