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Corner taken right-footed by James McAlister from the right by-line, save made by Alan Mannus.
Short corner taken by Nigel Hasselbaink from the left by-line.
Kevin McBride challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
Steven MacLean takes a shot. Blocked by Lewis Toshney. Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Iain Davidson on Thomas Scobbie. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Liam Craig, Rab Douglas makes a save.
(Dundee) makes a substitution, with John Baird coming on for Steven Milne. Rowan Vine goes off and Nigel Hasselbaink comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Nicky Riley. Brian Easton takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Nicky Riley. Direct free kick taken by Kevin McBride.
Peter Pawlett produces a cross, clearance made by Lewis Toshney.
Nicky Riley takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
Frazer Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Riley. Kevin McBride takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Frazer Wright takes a shot.
Corner from the left by-line taken by James McAlister, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
Peter Pawlett is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Rab Douglas takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by James McAlister. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
Murray Davidson fouled by Iain Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Steven MacLean is brought on as a substitute for Gregory Tade. Free kick crossed by Liam Craig.
Mark Stewart comes on in place of Colin Nish.
Colin Nish takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Scobbie. James McAlister takes the inswinging corner, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.
Gregory Tade gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Toshney. Free kick taken by Gary Irvine.
Murray Davidson challenges James McAlister unfairly and gives away a free kick. Murray Davidson receives a caution. Rab Douglas takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Iain Davidson results in a free kick. Chris Millar restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Rowan Vine misses to the left of the target.
James McAlister gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett. Booking for James McAlister. David MacKay takes the free kick.
Stephen O'Donnell goes off and Kevin McBride comes on.
Brian Easton produces a cross.
Gregory Tade concedes a free kick for a foul on Declan Gallagher. Stephen O'Donnell takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen O'Donnell on Peter Pawlett. Stephen O'Donnell goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
Nicky Riley sends in a cross, clearance by David MacKay.
Handball by Gregory Tade. Direct free kick taken by Declan Gallagher.
Liam Craig challenges Stephen O'Donnell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Irvine takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Declan Gallagher. Chris Millar restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Close range header by Gregory Tade misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen O'Donnell on Rowan Vine. Free kick crossed right-footed by David MacKay.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen O'Donnell on Murray Davidson. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.
Liam Craig concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen O'Donnell. Gary Irvine takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Milne by Frazer Wright results in a free kick. Gary Irvine takes the direct free kick.
Peter Pawlett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rab Douglas. Rab Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
Iain Davidson produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Davidson on Nicky Riley. Thomas Scobbie replaces Callum Davidson. James McAlister restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Liam Craig from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Dundee.Assist on the goal came from Peter Pawlett.
The ball is crossed by David MacKay.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Nicky Riley. Direct free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
Effort on goal by Liam Craig from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Peter Pawlett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Easton. Declan Gallagher takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Nicky Riley, clearance by David McCracken.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicky Riley. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Millar produces a cross, clearance made by Brian Easton.
Peter Pawlett fouled by Gary Irvine, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig.
Centre by Nicky Riley, blocked by Gregory Tade. Corner from the right by-line taken by James McAlister, Declan Gallagher takes a shot. Clearance by David McCracken.
Foul by Callum Davidson on Nicky Riley, free kick awarded. James McAlister takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Milne by David McCracken results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Declan Gallagher.
David MacKay produces a cross.
Foul by Stephen O'Donnell on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
Effort by Iain Davidson from a long way out goes over the target.
David MacKay crosses the ball.
Liam Craig produces a cross. Handball decision goes against Gary Irvine. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from left wing, clearance by Brian Easton.
Gary Irvine sends in a cross, save by Alan Mannus.
The official flags Colin Nish offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
Rowan Vine delivers the ball, save by Rab Douglas.
Lomas determined to avoid complacency
Steve Lomas has warned his St Johnstone players that Tayside neighbours Dundee will be "fighting for their lives" when they visit McDiarmid Park on Wednesday.
The Dees have struggled in their return to the top flight this season and are nine points behind second-bottom Ross County and without an SPL win in six matches.
The Northern Irishman, though, is not reading anything into Dundee's struggles.
"We are not stupid enough not to realise that if we don't put in a performance then we won't win," Lomas told Press Association Sport.
"It is a local derby, Dundee will bring a good support with them and they will be fighting for their lives so we have got to be careful about complacency. We will have to be at our best.
"One thing you can't guarantee in the SPL is three points, the league has shown that.
"Dundee were in a difficult position in the summer, not knowing if they were coming up to the SPL or not which was a nightmare for their manager.
"He has also been hampered by injuries which has affected team selection.
"But they still have good players like Colin Nish and Nicky Riley.
"However, we have to look after ourselves and make sure that complacency doesn't come in.
"We are at the end of a tough period of games over a short space of time and it will be down to who wants it most."
The former Manchester City and West Ham midfielder, pleased with the news that Aberdeen agreed to extend Peter Pawlett's loan deal by three weeks, is hoping to give the Saints fans a home win to enjoy before the winter break.
However, defender Steven Anderson will again be missing with his knee injury.
He said: "Our priority is to get the win at home before the break then the players can rest their legs for a week or so.
"As I have often said, I have been happy with our performances this season.
"The most glaring thing, though, over the last six to eight games is that we haven't been converting our chances.
"If we had nine or 10 points more on the board then I don't think anyone could grumble."
Dundee manager Barry Smith wants to see a drastic improvement from his players at St Johnstone.
The SPL's bottom club went down 3-1 to Aberdeen at Dens Park last Saturday with what was their poorest performance since coming back into the SPL.
And Smith is asking his men for a reaction when they travel to McDiarmid Park in a bid to start the new year on a high.
Smith said: "We know we let ourselves down. It was way below what we can do and that was the most disappointing thing about it.
"So we have to be much better against St Johnstone than we were in the Aberdeen game. That goes without saying.
"That's everybody's aim and it's up to us to go out there and make sure that we are much improved.
"It's good to have a game to look forward to so quickly after the Aberdeen match. There's not much of a wait at all.
"We can try to rectify things by giving a much better display and hopefully getting the three points."
Dundee know the second half of the season is going to be vital in their ongoing efforts to stay up following promotion after a seven-year exile.
The Dark Blues have suffered back-to-back home defeats including the Boxing Day loss at the hands of Celtic.
But Smith insists they can still make up the ground on their nearest rivals to stay in the top-flight.
He said: "It was always going to be difficult but our aim is still the same.
"We're all in this together and the main thing is that we stay in the SPL.
"To do that we have to make sure we get enough points on the board which we can still do.
"One good thing is that we have a great spirit among the lads in the dressing-room which is important.
"They all get on really well together and want the same thing.
"It's always good to win in the SPL, no matter whether it's new year, November of February.
"The boys have been good in training since the Aberdeen defeat and are really looking forward to the St Johnstone game to try and put things right."
Dundee striker Steven Milne could come back into contention after missing the past few games through a stomach muscle injury.
But long-term absentees Davide Grassi (knee), Jamie McCluskey (Achilles), Carl Finnegan (knee) and Mark Kerr (knee) are all still sidelined.
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