St Johnstone 3-1 Dundee: Hosts claim first league win to down Dens Park side


Chris Kane
Chris Kane’s double set St Johnstone on their way to victory

A Chris Kane double inspired St Johnstone to their first home win in the Scottish Premiership this season as they eased by a poor Dundee side in Perth.

Kane’s first brace since a 2018 victory over the Dens Park outfit had the hosts in command at the break.

Stevie May added a third before Ryan Sweeney netted a consolation.

Dundee remain bottom of the table and without a win since being promoted to the top flight in the summer.

St Johnstone move up to eighth.

With Dundee manager James McPake serving a one-game suspension for a red card against Rangers last weekend, he would have found it an uncomfortable watch from the stand as St Johnstone put his team under pressure early on.

May should have done better with a free hit inside the box after a good run and cross by Michael O’Halloran. Then fellow striker Kane claimed for a penalty after going down in the box under the challenge of Lee Ashcroft.

The ball remained in the Dundee half for large spells but McPake’s side were getting up the park on occasion, without any end product. O’Halloran was the main threat for either side and his cross helped break the deadlock.

Given plenty of space on the right again, his teasing ball found Kane alone in the box, and he finished excellently beyond Dundee goalkeeper Adam Legzdins.

Kane then bundled May’s cross over the line as an eighth Premiership match without a victory beckoned for Dundee. The Dens Park side had not scored in six prior matches against St Johnstone and their recent Saints curse appeared to follow them to Perth.

Or perhaps it was an inability to defend crosses from the right. O’Halloran – given time to pick out a cross again – found May, who turned from provider to scorer as the contest was all but ended.

Dundee found a consolation through Sweeney’s header from a Paul McMullan cross, but it was too little, too late as a seventh-straight defeat to St Johnstone already loomed large.

Man of the Match – Chris Kane

Chris Kane
Kane netted twice and his all-round play caused the Dundee defence no end of issues.

What did we learn?

In a game of fine margins, a striker can prove key. Kane was the difference for St Johnstone, who scored with the game’s first two shots on target.

It was a scrappy affair but ultimately Dundee allowed St Johnstone too much time on their right flank and didn’t pick up their markers in the box at vital times.

Dundee haven’t won in eight league games, but manager McPake’s first two seasons in charge of the club have yielded two wins from the opening seven matches.

What they said

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson: “We asked the players to be a lot more clinical and we started with two strikers up top. It was great for them to get the goals.

“I am really pleased as we were really clinical. I am delighted with our performance.”

What’s next

The international break comes into play now, so St Johnstone aren’t back in action until October 16th at home to Livingston (15:00BST). Dundee host Aberdeen a few hours later (18:00BST).

Player of the match

ErhahonEthan Erhahon

Livingston

  1. Squad number32Player nameStryjek

  2. Squad number14Player nameBailey

  3. Squad number21Player nameMcMillan

  4. Squad number5Player nameFitzwater

  5. Squad number33Player nameOmeonga

  6. Squad number29Player namePenrice

  7. Squad number3Player nameLongridge

  8. Squad number6Player nameObileye

  9. Squad number17Player nameForrest

  10. Squad number22Player nameShinnie

  11. Squad number18Player nameHolt

  12. Squad number23Player nameHamilton

  13. Squad number2Player nameDevlin

  14. Squad number9Player nameAnderson

St Mirren

  1. Squad number16Player nameErhahon

  2. Squad number43Player nameRonan

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGrath

  4. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy

  5. Squad number5Player nameMcCarthy

  6. Squad number6Player namePower

  7. Squad number9Player nameBrophy

  8. Squad number3Player nameTanser

  9. Squad number22Player nameFraser

  10. Squad number44Player nameMillar

  11. Squad number10Player nameMain

  12. Squad number17Player nameMcAllister

  13. Squad number23Player nameErwin

  14. Squad number1Player nameAlnwick

Line-ups

St Johnstone

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Clark
  • 11O’HalloranSubstituted forMullerat 80′minutes
  • 19Rooney
  • 25Ambrose
  • 5Dendoncker
  • 24Booth
  • 21CrawfordSubstituted forMacPhersonat 59′minutes
  • 26CraigBooked at 79mins
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 89mins
  • 9KaneBooked at 21mins
  • 7MaySubstituted forMiddletonat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Devine
  • 12Parish
  • 13Bryson
  • 14Middleton
  • 16Muller
  • 17Vertainen
  • 18MacPherson

Dundee

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Legzdins
  • 14Ashcroft
  • 4FontaineSubstituted forSheridanat 45′minutes
  • 5Sweeney
  • 2Kerr
  • 10McGowan
  • 8ByrneSubstituted forMcCowanat 45′minutes
  • 6McGheeBooked at 50minsSubstituted forAndersonat 70′minutes
  • 3Marshall
  • 18McMullan
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 16Elliott
  • 17McCowan
  • 20Panter
  • 21Lawlor
  • 23Sheridan
  • 24Anderson
  • 48Lamb

Referee:
Greg Aitken

Attendance:
5,097

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