FT: Dundee 0-4 St Johnstone

Saints scramble in opener with Murray Davidson's shot deflected in by Jordan Piggott in the 24th minute.

Chris Kane makes it 2-0 after 37 minutes with Meekings caught on the ball.

Blair Alston and Kane again find the net early in the second half.

Dundee very, very poor all game.

Lewis Spence off injured with Piggott making his debut in his place.

Dundee XI: Parish, Kerr, Caulker, Leitch-Smith, O'Hara, Aurtenetxe, Murray, Deacon, Meekings, Curran, Spence.

St Johnstone XI: Mannus, Tanser, Alston, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Millar, Davidson, MacLean, Kerr, Kane, Craig.

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  1. It's cold, it's wet, it's miserable at Dens Park. Can Dundee brighten the mood for home fans at Dens? Let's find out, we've got a game on.

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  2. Some enforced changes for Neil McCann but he's made a couple by choice, too. Here's the starting XI:

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  3. Dundee: Parish, Kerr, Caulker, Leitch-Smith, O'Hara, Aurtenetxe, Murray, Deacon, Meekings, Curran, Spence.

    Subs: Ferrie, Kusunga, O'Dea, Moussa, El Bakhtaoui, Lambert, Piggott.

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  4. Looks like a four at the back with O'Hara and Spence in the centre of midfield. Whether Leitch-Smith is right up top with Murray is a question, though. He might be in the hole where suspended Paul McGowan usually plays. Curran is likely to be on the right, Deacon on the left.

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  5. The players are out and we're almost ready to go...

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  6. The match kicks off.

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  7. 1 - It's a wet one at Dens Park, demonstrated by Cammy Kerr's slide tackle that almost took him into the Derry.

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  8. 2 - Dundee starting the game in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Leitch-Smith in behind Murray up top. Deacon is left wing with Curran on the right.

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  9. 5 - A few 'oohs' there as Elliott Parish almost passes straight to a St Johnstone player. Finds a team-mate, however. First effort of note as MacLean smashes a volley well over.

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  10. 7 - Bit shaky from Dundee there - O'Hara loses it in the middle of the park and eventually Aurtenetxe sclaffs a clearance out.

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  11. 9 - Corner St Johnstone - looked a Dundee ball, that.

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  12. 10 - Parish is out to punch the corner, though. Maybe could've caught it but no chances taken with a slippery ball.

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  13. 13 - Been a positive start for St Johnstone. They're making the most of the play so far, Dundee finding it difficult to get the ball up the pitch without it coming straight back.

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  14. 14 - Another corner for St Johnstone...

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  15. 14 - ...takes a couple of goes at it but eventually the Dark Blues clear.

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  16. 16 - Dangerous for Dundee. Meekings gives away a free-kick just outside the D...

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  17. 17 - ...Craig takes it but Parish gathers comfortably.

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  18. 17 - Lewis Spence is getting treatment in the middle of the park. Doesn't look good.

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  19. 18 - Dundee sub: Jordan Piggott makes his debut in place of Spence.

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  20. 22 - Again Saints threaten, this time Caulker heads out Craig's free-kick. Yet another corner, though...

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  21. GOAL! Dundee 0-1 St Johnstone. Davidson scores.

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  22. 23 - Not like that hasn't been coming. It's been all St Johnstone.

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  23. 24 - And up the other end, Dundee should score. Eventually it falls to Deacon but his effort is blocked.

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  24. 25 - That Saints goal might be an own goal, by the way. It was a real scramble and annoyingly there's a big pole that blocked my view.

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  25. 27 - Yellow card for Deacon after fouling on the edge of the area. Dangerous again for Saints.

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  26. 27 - Off the post! Scott Tanser curls the free-kick on to the upright. Let off for Dundee.

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  27. 28 - Dundee break well through Curran before Deacon has a run and shot. Straight at Mannus, though.

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  28. 31 - Half an hour in and it's pretty much been all St Johnstone. Dundee have been as bad as the weather.

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  29. GOAL! Dundee 0-2 St Johnstone.

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  30. 37 - Kane gets the goal and it was all Dundee's doing. Aurtenetxe got caught on the ball and the ball was put across for Kane to finish.

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  31. 38 - Apologies, it was Meekings who got caught on the ball.

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  32. 40 - Close! Caulker almost sneaks round the back to meet Deacon's free-kick but Mannus puts it behind.

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  33. 41 - A-Jay Leitch-Smith hits the back of the net. Unfortunately the ball is nowhere near him.

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  34. 42 - Big call from Craig Thomson! Murray looks to be in and the last man slides in. No penalty says the ref, got the ball. Dundee fans not happy.

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  35. 45 - One minute added on.

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  36. Half-time.

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  37. Boos ring out from the home fans and no surprise. Dundee have been absolutely woeful.

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  38. Moussa about to come on for Dundee.

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  39. Cammy Kerr is the man replaced.

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  40. Second half under way.

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  41. 46 - Dundee setting up very attacking this half with Moussa up front with Leitch-Smith. Murray is on the left and Deacon on the right. Curran has gone to right-back.

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  42. 47 - Deacon wins a corner...

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  43. 49 - Three corners later and Dundee have a free-kick...in the corner...

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  44. 50 - ...a call for handball outside the box before Moussa tries to cross but puts it straight out. Better so far this half from Dundee.

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  45. 54 - And then back to rubbish again as England cap Steven Caulker passes straight out of play.

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  46. 55 - Close! Saints after a third following O'Hara's poor clearance but the cross is just out of reach for Kane as Parish claims it.

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  47. 57 - Even the simplest of passes are difficult for the Dark Blues today as another pass goes straight out, this time from O'Hara.

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  48. Attendance: 5,336.

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  49. 58 - Decent effort from Leitch-Smith but his header is saved by Mannus.

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  50. 60 - O'Hara powers a header goalwards from Aurtenetxe's corner but it ends up well wide.

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  51. GOAL! Dundee 0-3 St Johnstone. Alston.

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  52. 64 - Dundee cut wide open as Chris Kane runs clear. Parish saves but Alston fires in the rebound.

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  53. Dundee sub: El Bakhtaoui is on for Simon Murray.

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  54. GOAL! Dundee 0-4 St Johnstone. Kane.

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  55. 65 - It's all going to pieces for Dundee. Kane again gets the better of the defence but this time finds the top corner on the stretch.

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  56. 67 - Dundee's attacking set-up this half has backfired spectacularly. Wide open for Saints to get at them whenever they want.

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  57. 72 - 'Easy, easy, easy' cry the St Johnstone fans. They're not wrong.

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  58. 73 - St Johnstone sub: Wotherspoon is on for Alston.

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  59. 74 - Off the line! Chaos in the Dundee box after Kane lifts it over Parish. Eventually Dundee, just about, clear.

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  60. 75 - Piggott is in the book after a late tackle on Craig. Talking to for Tommy Wright, too, after some verbals with Graham Gartland.

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  61. 76 - Wotherspoon is in the book too for pulling back El Bakhtaoui. Murray Davidson gets a yellow too for a bad tackle seconds later.

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  62. 78 - El Bakhtaoui sums up Dundee with a cross-field pass that splits two team-mates.

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  63. 79 - St Johnstone sub: Chris Millar off for Kyle McClean.

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  64. 82 - A proper old-fashioned scramble in the penalty area eventually drops for Mannus to pick up. Everything coming up St Johnstone.

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  65. 84 - El Bakhtaoui decides to do it all himself, running from halfway but his shot is speculative at best and flies well over.

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  66. 88 - Bit of a stoppage as Meekings is down with a head knock.

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  67. 90 - Two minutes added on. Two more minutes for the remaining Dundee fans to endure.

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  68. Full-time

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  69. Horrendous showing from Dundee. Lucky it was only four.

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  70. Bit of a barny in the dugouts at the end of the game with McCann and Tommy Wright going at it.

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