St Johnstone went into the Scottish Premier League winter break with victory against Tayside rivals Dundee.

Liam Craig fired in the goal which gave Saints the points in the 33rd minute.

Dundee suffered a blow soon into the second half when skipper Stephen O' Donnell was stretchered off with a serious knee injury.

Saints had more quality and threat about their play and Frazer Wright headed powerfully against the Dundee bar with 17 minutes left.

Steve Lomas's side consolidate their mid-table position while Dundee remain nine points adrift at the bottom of the division.

The only goal of the game came when Gregory Tade's low ball across the box spilled from Rab Douglas' grasp as he and Peter Pawlett collided and the impressive Craig slotted home from 10 yards.

St Johnstone were the dominant side territorially, but chances were few and far between for either team in a first half which lacked fluency.

Dundee's Iain Davidson headed over from a corner and, with the visitors' best chance of the half coming to nothing, Saints held the advantage at the end of a 45-minute spell in which they lost Callum Davidson to injury.

Tade went down under a challenge from Declan Gallagher just after the break, but the hosts' appeals for a penalty were waved away.

Then Rowan Vine whipped a shot wide of the visitor's goal after a quick free-kick from Dave Mackay caught the Dundee defence napping.

A Colin Nish shot on 68 minutes was deflected for a corner as Dundee tried to claw their way back into the match, and moments later, Steven Milne appeared to have a claim for penalty as he went down under a challenge in the box.

Wright nodded against the goal frame and Dundee came close shortly afterwards when Nicky Riley grabbed possession inside his own half and raced fully 50 yards to crack a powerful shot just over.

Deep into stoppage time Saints sub Nigel Hasselbaink had a good chance to double his team's advantage but his shot whipped across the face of Rab Douglas's goal from 14 yards.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Davidson (Scobbie - 35' )
  • 05 Wright
  • 18 McCracken
  • 07 Millar
  • 08 Davidson Booked
  • 10 Craig
  • 22 Pawlett Booked
  • 09 Tade (MacLean - 68' )
  • 23 Vine (Hasselbaink - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Tuffey
  • 26 Caddis
  • 33 Scobbie
  • 14 Moon
  • 11 Hasselbaink
  • 17 MacLean
  • 40 Steeves

Dundee

  • 01 Douglas
  • 02 Irvine
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 25 Toshney
  • 26 Easton
  • 04 O'Donnell Booked (McBride - 52' )
  • 06 Davidson
  • 07 Riley
  • 15 Milne (Baird - 82' )
  • 20 McAlister Booked
  • 24 Nish (Stewart - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 36 Baird
  • 05 McGregor
  • 08 McBride
  • 11 Conroy
  • 10 Baird
  • 23 Boyle
  • 27 Stewart
Ref: McKendrick
Att: 5,055

Match Stats

Shots

6 5

On target

2 1

Corners

4 4

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:52

Corner taken right-footed by James McAlister, save by Alan Mannus.

90:00 +0:40

Nigel Hasselbaink decides to take a short corner.

88:44

Kevin McBride challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David MacKay.

85:01

Steven MacLean takes a shot. Blocked by Lewis Toshney. Corner from left by-line taken by Liam Craig.

83:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Iain Davidson on Thomas Scobbie. Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Rab Douglas.

81:42 Substitution

Substitution Nigel Hasselbaink comes on in place of Rowan Vine.

81:42 Substitution

Substitution John Baird joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Milne.

77:16

David MacKay concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Riley. Brian Easton takes the direct free kick.

76:30

Nicky Riley fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin McBride takes the direct free kick.

76:04

Peter Pawlett delivers the ball, Lewis Toshney makes a clearance.

74:07

Shot by Nicky Riley from a long way out goes over the target.

73:14

Foul by Frazer Wright on Nicky Riley, free kick awarded. Kevin McBride restarts play with the free kick.

72:16

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Frazer Wright takes a shot.

70:33

Corner taken right-footed by James McAlister from the left by-line, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.

69:23

Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

69:23 Booking

Booking Peter Pawlett goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

68:42

James McAlister gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

66:55

Free kick crossed by Liam Craig.

66:55 Substitution

Substitution Gregory Tade leaves the field to be replaced by Steven MacLean.

66:55

Iain Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson.

63:57 Substitution

Substitution Mark Stewart joins the action as a substitute, replacing Colin Nish.

62:55

Colin Nish takes a shot. Thomas Scobbie gets a block in. Corner taken by James McAlister, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.

62:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gregory Tade on Lewis Toshney. Direct free kick taken by Gary Irvine.

61:31

Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

61:31 Booking

Booking Booking for Murray Davidson for unsporting behaviour.

61:23

James McAlister fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick.

59:29

Iain Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gregory Tade. Direct free kick taken by Chris Millar.

58:50

Shot by Rowan Vine from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

57:06

Free kick taken by David MacKay.

57:06 Booking

Booking The referee shows James McAlister a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

56:58

James McAlister concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Pawlett.

51:57 Substitution

Substitution Stephen O'Donnell goes off and Kevin McBride comes on.

49:24

Brian Easton sends in a cross.

48:52

Unfair challenge on Declan Gallagher by Gregory Tade results in a free kick. Stephen O'Donnell takes the direct free kick.

46:16

Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

46:16 Booking

Booking Stephen O'Donnell goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

46:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Stephen O'Donnell.

45:40

The ball is crossed by Nicky Riley, clearance by David MacKay.

45:13

Gregory Tade is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Declan Gallagher.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:07

Liam Craig challenges Stephen O'Donnell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Irvine takes the free kick.

42:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Declan Gallagher. Chris Millar takes the free kick.

41:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Craig, Gregory Tade produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

40:43

Stephen O'Donnell concedes a free kick for a foul on Rowan Vine. David MacKay crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

39:14

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.

38:14

Liam Craig challenges Stephen O'Donnell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Irvine takes the direct free kick.

36:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Milne by Frazer Wright. Direct free kick taken by Gary Irvine.

35:38

Peter Pawlett concedes a free kick for a foul on Rab Douglas. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

34:39

Iain Davidson has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

33:51

James McAlister takes the direct free kick.

33:51 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Scobbie is brought on as a substitute for Callum Davidson.

33:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Riley by Callum Davidson.

32:03

Assist by Peter Pawlett.

32:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Craig - St J'stone 1 - 0 Dundee Liam Craig gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Dundee.

30:27

The ball is crossed by David MacKay.

28:24

Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Nicky Riley results in a free kick. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.

23:34

Effort from inside the area by Liam Craig misses to the right of the goal.

22:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Pawlett on Brian Easton. Free kick taken by Declan Gallagher.

21:29

Nicky Riley sends in a cross, clearance made by David McCracken.

20:23

The offside flag is raised against Nicky Riley. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

18:05

A cross is delivered by Chris Millar, Brian Easton manages to make a clearance.

15:36

Gary Irvine concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Pawlett. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from right wing.

14:49

The ball is crossed by Nicky Riley, blocked by Gregory Tade. James McAlister takes the outswinging corner, Declan Gallagher takes a shot. Clearance by David McCracken.

14:23

Callum Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Riley. Free kick taken by James McAlister.

13:51

David McCracken challenges Steven Milne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Declan Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.

13:11

David MacKay produces a cross.

12:33

Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Stephen O'Donnell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David MacKay.

11:09

Shot on goal by Iain Davidson from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

8:04

David MacKay delivers the ball.

7:10

Liam Craig sends in a cross. The referee penalises Gary Irvine for handball. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from left wing, clearance made by Brian Easton.

6:45

Gary Irvine sends in a cross, save by Alan Mannus.

3:42

The referee blows for offside against Colin Nish. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

3:11

The ball is swung over by Rowan Vine, save by Rab Douglas.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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