PREVIEW | Saints v Dundee

Saints welcome Dundee to McDiarmid Park tomorrow in the third of four matches in 10 days for Tommy Wright's men.

It's the third meeting in the Ladbrokes Premiership between the Tayside rivals this season with Saints coming out on top on the previous two occasions.

Dens Park was the scene for our last away league win when Liam Craig and Scott Tanser were on target in a 2-0 victory in December, while Tony Watt netted the winner way back in August at McDiarmid Park when Saints came out 1-0 winners.

Speaking to the club's official website ahead of tomorrow night's match, the manager said he is expecting a reaction from his players as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of Saturday's defeat to Motherwell which ended the club's top six hopes.

"We want to get back to winning ways again," Tommy said.

"I thought after the St Mirren victory we would be capable of going on a run. That win should have given the players the confidence to kick on.

"Then we had the disappointment of Saturday which ended our top six chances and it was a difficult afternoon.

"We were well in the game and had the two best opportunities with the penalty miss and Kano's chance. Then after 70 minutes we found ourselves a goal behind.

"The most disappointing thing about that was the reaction from the players to going behind. Nobody wanted to make things happen and there was almost an acceptance of defeat.

"The players need to react better to those situations. The pride and desire to get back into the game should be there but it was lacking on Saturday.

"This is the perfect game for us to bounce back and make sure we don't let this season drift away. They're fighting for their lives and will bring a good crowd up. Plus, it's a derby, so there should be no problem for the players to get motivated."

Tommy is determined to ensure his players finish the season strongly starting with three points against the league's bottom club tomorrow.

"We've got to improve and we know that," he said.

"We've not had a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves and we've been in training hard trying to prepare. Now we need to go out and put on a performance in front of our home fans tomorrow.

"It's important we finish the season strongly and try to pick up as many points as possible. Irrespective of our current form it's been a good season and we have improved.

"It's just the way that things have panned out that there is a negativity just now which is understandable in the run we're on."

In terms of team news, Tommy expects to make a few changes but is limited due to injuries to some first-team players.

"We're hindered a bit due to some injuries but I expect to make two or three changes," the manager said.

"It's then up to the players who come in to respond and stay in the team. I would probably liked to have made more changes but with the injury situation we're a bit limited.

"Blair is unlikely to be back until after the split. He may be fit enough for Saturday but given that it's been a groin injury and Kilmarnock play on a artificial pitch we probably wouldn't want to risk him.

"We've had youngsters step in and Jordan Northcott has come onto the bench in recent weeks and has been doing well in training.

"I don't see any players returning from injury before the split so we have what we have just now and I'll try to freshen things up as we aim to get the three points tomorrow."


It's a 7:45PM kick-off tomorrow night at McDiarmid Park and the match is LIVE on Saints TV. Overseas subscribers will be able to watch the match live while UK/Ireland subscribers will pick up live audio only with the full match replay and highlights to follow shortly after the match.

The co-commentator tomorrow night is former Saints defender and assistant manager Callum Davidson.