St. Johnstone progressed to the Semi-finals of the Premier Sports Cup last night with a 2-0 away win over Dundee at Dens Park.
[Shaun Rooney celebrates St. Johnstone's victory]
Here are the talking points from the Perth side's deserved victory in Dundee:
Key Performances Help Saints Through
Saints didn't play to their best yesterday and there were definitely some hairy moments for Callum Davidson's side but at the end of the day, some key players came up trumps for St. Johnstone on the night.
Callum Booth was excellent throughout, proving a real attacking threat and once again his commitment shone through, with a desire to win the ball more than his opponent setting with a slide tackle before setting up Ali Crawford for the 2nd goal.
[St. Johnstone's second goal]
Zander Clark once again proved why he deserves to be in and around the Scotland team, coming up clutch for Saints with 3 or 4 top top saves throughout the 90. He organised his defence well and without him in-between the sticks - it could have been a very different score line.
[Booth and Clark put in stand-out performances]
Shaun Rooney had a great game on the right flank, getting into some dangerous areas in the first half - prior to James Brown's injury, which meant he had to drop into the back 3. He held up well in defence when asked and looked comfortable there.
[Rooney puts Saints 1-0 up]
He opened the scoring on 70 minutes after Chris Kane resurrected a poor Liam Craig corner, the ball then dropped for Rooney who poked it home through a crowd of bodies. When Saints need a goal who else was going to come up big?
David Wotherspoon had a solid - if not spectacular - game, with flashes of quality throughout, Efe Ambrose had a faultless performance and was crucial in creating the second goal, Ali Crawford looked really good - putting in a cracking goal to top his match off and Chris Kane did what he does, chasing down and causing problems for the back line.
It was a gritty performance from the team as a whole and Callum Davidson's side got the job done!
St. Johnstone Are Off to Hampden.. AGAIN!
Following Wednesday's 2-0 triumph over Dundee, St. Johnstone are now in the Semi-finals of the Premier Sports Cup at Hampden along with Rangers who snuck past Livingston 2-0 at Ibrox. Celtic take on Raith Rovers this evening, whilst Dundee United face Hibernian. The winners will be into the hat for tonight's draw.
[Callum Davidson celebrates the victory]
This will be St. Johnstone's FIFTH trip to Hampden of the calendar year - as well as a third consecutive Semi-final - as Callum Davidson maintains his unbeaten record in domestic cup competitions since joining the club. His side will certainly fancy their chances no matter who they are drawn against!
A Great Travelling Support
There were 1307 St. Johnstone fans in attendance for the game and they were in full voice throughout the game, drowning out the few home fans that were at the game.
The away fans were excellent and got behind the team when it mattered most and when the goals went in the stand erupted, especially after the 2nd goal.
However, a fan did throw a 'flare' on the pitch which will likely get the club fined. To make matters even worse Leigh Griffiths - who got dogs abuse for the entire 90 minutes - decided to run the length of the pitch and kick this pyrotechnic into the away stand at the St. Johnstone fans. Simply unacceptable and he will likely face a ban.
[Leigh Griffiths kicks a "Smoke bomb" back into the crowd]
The Saintees went back up the road happy at the end of the day, with our name in the hat for the next draw.
Overall, St. Johnstone got the job done. They took the chances they had, they batted everything away that came at them and in the end got the result which was probably deserved. That is now 5 matches won in a row against the 'Dee without conceding a goal!