Dundee 2-1 Saints

Last updated : 06 March 2013 By Stuart Gillespie

This shouldn't have happened. We absolutely dominated the first half but could only manage one goal, then were made to pay for those misses in the second half when Dundee scored twice in the space of 10 minutes. It's a woeful result to the bottom club in the league and gives them hope they can perhaps scramble to safety. The top six may be gone but we could well get ourselves involved a relegation battle after all.

For the second midweek running Saints rang the changes. Graham Carey, Dougie Imrie, Lewis Guy, Kenny McLean and Sam Parkin all came in for starts. Out went Paul Dummett, Steven Thompson, Esmael Goncalves, John McGinn and Gary Teale. A chance to rest players and also to give a few the opportunity to stake their place for a cup final spot? Perhaps - but based on the result few of those that came in can have any complaints if they are left out.

The one exception is Imrie, who scored his third goal of the season after 20 minutes. Before that Parkin and McGowan had failed to take advantage of good chances through poor finishing and good goalkeeping and the onslaught continued until half time, Guy among those who tried and failed to score. Even early in the second we looked OK, Parkin having another chance to double the lead.

But then it all went wrong. The hosts had put Nicky Riley and Ryan Conroy on at the break and could sense an equaliser. After a bit of pressure it came midway through the half when John Baird went on a fine run and shot past Craig Samson. Conceding to a former Buddie was bad enough but losing a goal to an ex Morton man was even worse and happened 10 minutes later, Jim McAlister scoring from close range. There was little by way of a Saints response - despite a triple substitution - and so we manage the unthinkable of losing to a team managed by John Brown.

A terrible result but a real surprise when we wasted so many opportunities. Hopefully this does not provide Dundee with the impetus required to push on and make things problematic in the league - and hopefully we're not so wasteful in front of goal against Dundee United on Saturday or at Hampden later in the month.

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