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Dundee 2-3 St Mirren: Cody Cooke hat trick in vain

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Highlights: Dundee 2-3 St Mirren

St Mirren face a Scottish Premiership relegation play-off against Dundee United, despite earning a last-day victory over 10-man Dundee.

Hamilton Academical's win over St Johnstone settled the play-off issue, but the Paisley side did their bit.

Sub Cody Cooke's second-half hat-trick won it at Dens Park and stretched their unbeaten run to six matches.

Cammy Kerr had given relegated Dundee the lead before Darren O'Dea saw red, with Scott Wright levelling at 2-2.

Oran Kearney's St Mirren meet Dundee United at Tannadice on Thursday, with the return in Paisley three days later.

St Mirren battle back after nervy start

The 2,500 St Mirren fans who made their way to Dens were in full voice from the off but Kearney's men looked nervous as the hosts seized control and took the lead in 14 minutes. Kenny Miller and Paul McGowan linked brilliantly to release captain Kerr, who slid in and hammered the ball high into the net.

However, with 20 minutes gone Dundee, as they have done so often this season, gave their opponents a lifeline. Defender O'Dea, playing his last game before taking up a coaching role at Motherwell, took a bad touch and after Brad Lyons nicked the ball the Irishman clipped him. It was a clear goalscoring opportunity and referee Alan Muir had no option but to reach for the red card.

The visitors offered little in the first half but Kearney threw on Cooke for defender Mateo Muzek at the break and he made the difference.

Eight minutes after the restart, it was all square when Cooke nodded in at the back post following great work by Paul McGinn. And the Englishman then grabbed his second within seven minutes, slotting home after a poor attempted clearance from keeper Jack Hamilton.

Danny Mullen then had an effort saved by Hamilton that looked easy to score before Dundee substitute Scott Wright collected a sublime cross-field pass from Ethan Robson and beat Vaclav Hladky to make it 2-2.

St Mirren refused to roll over though as Cooke completed his hat-trick and sealed the win with a shot that Hamilton should have done much better with.

Cody Cooke
Cody Cooke's back-post header got things started for St Mirren

Nerves of steel needed - analysis

St Mirren secured the win they needed but it was not enough and they now go into a battle with Dundee United, where they will require nerves of steel as well as a fair amount of courage and determination.

Credit has to go to Oran Kearney for making the switch at half-time, with Cooke staking a firm claim for a start in Thursday night's first leg at Tannadice. The St Mirren boss will, however, know they will need two top class performances to retain their place in the Premiership.

For the Dens Park men, this summer could prove to be one of big changes. A permanent manager will be appointed and many of the squad are likely to exit, but they will be expected to gel quickly to mount a promotion challenge.

Club chairman John Nelms says they have over 100 applicants for the job and that alone is an indication of the size of the club.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Hamilton
  • 5Kusunga
  • 15McGowan
  • 6O'DeaBooked at 22mins
  • 2Kerr
  • 16RobsonBooked at 54mins
  • 52RobertsonSubstituted forMulliganat 70'minutes
  • 3Ralph
  • 18McGowanBooked at 18mins
  • 20MillerSubstituted forWrightat 65'minutes
  • 21NelsonSubstituted forCurranat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Wright
  • 24Meekings
  • 27Curran
  • 31Dieng
  • 42Anderson
  • 53Cameron
  • 54Mulligan

St Mirren

  • 1Hladky
  • 2McGinn
  • 15Baird
  • 16PopescuBooked at 79mins
  • 3MuzekSubstituted forCookeat 45'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 7MagennisSubstituted forErhahonat 70'minutes
  • 8Flynn
  • 4McGinn
  • 14LyonsSubstituted forHodsonat 23'minutes
  • 18Mullen
  • 23McAllister

Substitutes

  • 9Nazon
  • 20Cooke
  • 21Hodson
  • 26Holmes
  • 33Corbu
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 39Erhahon
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
5,595

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home4
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 2, St. Mirren 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 2, St. Mirren 3.

Foul by Ethan Robson (Dundee).

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

Booking

Cody Cooke (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Cody Cooke (St. Mirren).

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

Foul by Mihai Popescu (St. Mirren).

Ethan Robson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Booking

Mihai Popescu (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Wright (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mihai Popescu (St. Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 2, St. Mirren 3. Cody Cooke (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Flynn.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 2, St. Mirren 2. Scott Wright (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ethan Robson following a fast break.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Genséric Kusunga (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Ethan Erhahon replaces Kyle Magennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Josh Mulligan replaces Finlay Robertson.

Attempt saved. Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Scott Wright replaces Kenny Miller.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee).

Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Lee Hodson (St. Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, St. Mirren 2. Cody Cooke (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Hodson (St. Mirren).

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Dundee).

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Jesse Curran replaces Andrew Nelson.

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Ethan Robson (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ethan Robson (Dundee).

Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Ralph (Dundee).

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37266575195684
2Rangers37239581255678
3Kilmarnock371810948301864
4Aberdeen371971155431264
5Hibernian3714121150371354
6Hearts37156164148-751
7St Johnstone38157163848-1052
8Motherwell38156174656-1051
9Livingston381111164244-244
10Hamilton3896232875-4733
11St Mirren3888223466-3232
12Dundee3856273178-4721
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