Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Dundee 0-2 St Mirren

John Sutton (right) opened the scoring for the visitors
Sutton (right) opened the scoring for the visitors

St Mirren forgot all about their Scottish Championship struggles to stun Dundee in the Scottish Cup.

Veteran striker John Sutton slotted the visitors ahead at Dens Park, shooting past Scott Bain on 25 minutes.

Jack Baird doubled the Paisley side's lead, forcing the ball in from close range five minutes into the second half.

Dundee seldom looked like finding a way back, with Stevie Mallan impressive in the Buddies' midfield.

Mallan a summer signing target for Dundee boss Paul Hartley, is now subject of a bid by Barnsley.

It was a terrific performance from the team at the foot of the Championship and for St Mirren there was the rare experience of going off to an ovation from the travelling support.

There were chances at both ends and Marcus Haber rattled the post early on for Dundee, but it was Jack Ross' side who went ahead after 25 minutes.

Sutton composed himself around 18 yards out after a fine break and released a shot which went in low at Bain's left post.

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Scottish Cup highlights: Dundee 0-2 St Mirren

It was the only goal of the first 45 minutes but there were chances galore. The best fell to Dundee forward Faissal El Bakhtaoui with a header just four yards out but he put it past the post.

And Dundee were frustrated by the performance of new Saints goalkeeper Billy O'Brien, on loan from Manchester City, who produced a series of fine saves.

For St Mirren, the goals apart, the highlight was a remarkable run by Mallan who killed the ball which plummeted from the sky with a sublime touch and set off on a solo which include a nutmeg and the beating of four Dundee players before being stopped inside the box with a desperate tackle.

Baird made it 2-0 early in the second half. Mallan took a corner with which Dundee failed to deal and the ball found its way back to Mallan. He made a run along the by-line and cut the ball back for the onrushing Baird to side foot home right in front of the delighted fans from Paisley.

What Saints need to do now is translate their cup form into league business - and quick.

What the managers said

St Mirren's Jack Ross: "I'm really pleased for the players because they have come in for criticism for large parts of this season. I want them to enjoy it. They proved they are good players.

"Now we will work hard at replicating that kind of performance for league games.

"Stevie Mallan deserves this interest in him. Today he responded to the platform he had. The situation may develop towards the end of the window. If we keep him, then fantastic."

Dundee's Paul Hartley: "That was just a lacklustre performance. We've not got any excuses because the best team won.

"We were off it all over the pitch. It's the same team that beat St Johnstone 3-0 here. It's not acceptable."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 3Holt
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 30Kerr
  • 18McGowan
  • 7HateleySubstituted forDuffyat 58'minutes
  • 20El BakhtaouiSubstituted forWilliamsat 58'minutes
  • 14O'Hara
  • 33Wighton
  • 21Haber

Substitutes

  • 4Vincent
  • 10Duffy
  • 11Williams
  • 12Mitchell
  • 17Ross
  • 27Curran
  • 55Gomis

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 3Irvine
  • 15Baird
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 42MagennisSubstituted forWhyteat 74'minutes
  • 23Fjelde
  • 20Storie
  • 29McAllisterSubstituted forMcAthersonat 90+2'minutes
  • 10MallanBooked at 14mins
  • 17Morgan
  • 9SuttonSubstituted forClarksonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 4Webster
  • 7Clarkson
  • 18Mclear
  • 35Whyte
  • 36O'Keefe
  • 40McAtherson
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
3,622

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, St. Mirren 2.

Full Time

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

Kostadin Gadzhalov (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Clarkson (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Cameron McAtherson replaces Kyle McAllister.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Darren Whyte.

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Dundee).

Paul Fjelde (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paul Fjelde (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. David Clarkson replaces John Sutton.

Foul by Michael Duffy (Dundee).

Craig Storie (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Darren Whyte replaces Kyle Magennis.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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

Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Craig Storie (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Cameron Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren).

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Jack Baird (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stephen Mallan.

Mark O'Hara (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Danny Williams replaces Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Michael Duffy replaces Tom Hateley.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) header from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

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

Attempt missed. Paul Fjelde (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Kostadin Gadzhalov.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, St. Mirren 2. Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Cameron Kerr.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee 0, St. Mirren 1.

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