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Dundee 2-2 St Mirren: 10-man hosts come from behind twice to earn draw

Max Anderson was sent off for Dundee with 21 minutes remaining
Max Anderson was sent off for Dundee with 21 minutes remaining

“Umpteen clubs” have enquired about Jamie McGrath but no new bids have been made, says St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin, after the midfielder scored in the Scottish Premiership draw at Dundee.

The Irishman restored St Mirren’s lead with a disputed penalty after Joe Shaughnessy’s own goal cancelled out Eamonn Brophy’s early opener.

But Jason Cummings tapped home a second leveller for Dundee on their top-flight return and the hosts held on despite Max Anderson’s red card with 20 minutes remaining.

“He’s a great player, our player and long may that continue,” Goodwin said of McGrath. “But we’re no different to any club out there.

“Our players have valuations, if those are met and a player indicates that he would like to talk to these teams, we’re not in the habit of standing in players’ way to go. As long as we get the figure we think Jamie is worth.”

Both St Mirren and Dundee played with tempo and pace in an entertaining contest, which came to life after four minutes when Curtis Main flicked on for Brophy to smash St Mirren in front.

The new strike partnership combined well throughout, and both set up one another for further chances in the first half, but Dundee goalkeeper Adam Legzdins made two fine stops.

Cummings, who replaced the injured Danny Mullen after 17 minutes, was denied by Jak Alnwick before Shaughnessy deflected the ball past his own goalkeeper under pressure from Jordan McGhee and Charlie Adam. The latter was booked for his celebration.

A level game at the break was fair, and Dundee were left fuming when Jay Henderson went down under contact from Cummings, and referee Craig Napier pointed to the spot.

Dundee boss James McPake was shown a yellow card for his protests, but he was powerless as the prolific McGrath rolled the ball into the right-hand corner to put St Mirren 2-1 in front.

But Dundee always looked a threat, and produced the best move of the game to get themselves level. Anderson found Jordan Marshall with a sweeping pass up the left, and the full-back squared for Cummings to tap home.

Twenty-year-old Anderson, who was outstanding to this point, showed his naivety when he chopped down Brophy as he prepared to race into the Dundee half on the counter.

That moment of madness left his team-mates up against it for the final 20 minutes, but they responded with some excellent last ditch defending.

However, St Mirren will be disappointed they did not find a winner as both Main and Scott Tanser squandered headed chances from close-range as they pushed hard to snatch victory.

Man of the match – Eamonn Brophy

The industrious forward was lively and linked well with new striker partner Main, and produced a fine opening goal
The industrious forward was lively and linked well with new striker partner Main, and produced a fine opening goal

What did we learn?

St Mirren will feel they should have won, especially having had a man advantage for the final 20 minutes. Goals were hard to come by last season, but Brophy and Main took turns to drop deep and create space in behind for the other to run into.

Their partnership brought the opening goal and further chances and Jim Goodwin will hope it will prove fruitful this campaign. New signing Scott Tanser’s delivery from left-back was another positive, but the fact they lost their composure in attack after Anderson’s sending off was disappointing.

As for Dundee, they can be pleased with their point given the circumstances. They showed good grit to survive the final 20 minutes and plenty of quality before that, hauling themselves level twice.

Adam and Anderson – before his sending off – showed good composure in midfield and they created plenty of opportunities. Mullen’s injury looked serious, which is a blow, but Cummings looked sharp when he came on.

What they said

Dundee manager James McPake: “We should’ve had all three [points]. If you’re taking in isolation, the penalty incident, then that’s why I think we should’ve had all three. The game might’ve been different.

“You see the reaction from my players after that. I’m delighted with my players, put it that way.”

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: “Coming away from home on the opening day of the season in normal circumstances, a point would’ve been pleasing.

“But because Dundee were down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes, I’m a little bit frustrated we didn’t penetrate them better and create more clear cut opportunities. All in all I think a point is probably fair.”

What’s next?

Dundee face a trip to Celtic next Sunday (15:00 GMT) as they look to build on a positive start, while St Mirren are at home to Hearts 24 hours earlier.

Player of the match

AlnwickJak Alnwick

with an average of 5.99


  1. Squad number35Player nameCummings

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  2. Squad number1Player nameLegzdins

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  3. Squad number23Player nameSheridan

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  4. Squad number26Player nameAdam

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  5. Squad number3Player nameMarshall

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  6. Squad number14Player nameAshcroft

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  7. Squad number6Player nameMcGhee

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  8. Squad number18Player nameMcMullan

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  9. Squad number5Player nameSweeney

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  10. Squad number10Player nameMcGowan

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  11. Squad number19Player nameRobertson

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  12. Squad number16Player nameElliott

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  13. Squad number24Player nameAnderson

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  14. Squad number9Player nameMullen

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St Mirren

  1. Squad number1Player nameAlnwick

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  2. Squad number10Player nameMain

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  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGrath

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  4. Squad number9Player nameBrophy

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  5. Squad number3Player nameTanser

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  6. Squad number22Player nameFraser

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  7. Squad number18Player nameDunne

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  8. Squad number6Player namePower

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  9. Squad number20Player nameDennis

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  10. Squad number12Player nameHenderson

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  11. Squad number16Player nameErhahon

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  12. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy

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  13. Squad number2Player nameTait

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  14. Squad number11Player nameKiltie

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Legzdins
  • 16ElliottSubstituted forSweeneyat 39′minutes
  • 14Ashcroft
  • 6McGhee
  • 3Marshall
  • 24AndersonBooked at 69mins
  • 19RobertsonSubstituted forSheridanat 58′minutes
  • 26AdamBooked at 44mins
  • 18McMullanBooked at 42mins
  • 9MullenSubstituted forCummingsat 17′minutes
  • 10McGowan


  • 5Sweeney
  • 11McDaid
  • 17McCowan
  • 20Panter
  • 21Lawlor
  • 23Sheridan
  • 35Cummings

St Mirren

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Alnwick
  • 22Fraser
  • 4ShaughnessyBooked at 40mins
  • 18Dunne
  • 12HendersonSubstituted forTaitat 74′minutes
  • 7McGrath
  • 6Power
  • 3Tanser
  • 16ErhahonSubstituted forKiltieat 72′minutes
  • 10Main
  • 9BrophyBooked at 42minsSubstituted forDennisat 79′minutes


  • 2Tait
  • 5McCarthy
  • 11Kiltie
  • 14MacPherson
  • 20Dennis
  • 23Erwin
  • 26Lyness

Craig Napier


Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Dundee 2, St. Mirren 2.

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

  3. Offside, St. Mirren. Kristian Dennis tries a through ball, but Curtis Main is caught offside.

  4. Attempt missed. Richard Tait (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kristian Dennis with a cross.

  5. Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Dundee).

  6. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Cillian Sheridan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (St. Mirren).

  9. Ryan Sweeney (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Richard Tait (St. Mirren).

  11. Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  12. Attempt blocked. Scott Tanser (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Offside, St. Mirren. Alan Power tries a through ball, but Richard Tait is caught offside.

  14. Substitution, St. Mirren. Kristian Dennis replaces Eamonn Brophy.

  15. Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

  16. Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Paul McMullan (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Foul by Scott Tanser (St. Mirren).

  19. Attempt saved. Scott Tanser (St. Mirren) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie McGrath with a cross.

  20. Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Curtis Main with a cross.

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