PREVIEW | Saints v Dundee

We welcome Dundee to McDiarmid Park tomorrow in the fourth and final Tayside Derby of the 2018/19 season.

It's the third meeting between the sides in Perth this campaign and the first of five post-split fixtures between now and Saturday 18th May.

The three previous meetings this season have ended in victory for Saints, most recently a 2-0 victory at McDiarmid Park earlier this month courtesy of goals from Callum Hendry and Matty Kennedy.

Looking ahead to tomorrow's match, Saints boss Tommy Wright is looking for a reaction to the defeat against Kilmarnock last night out but says the previous three victories over Dundee this season don't matter tomorrow.

"We must do better than we did at Killie," the manager said.

"We were lethargic and didn't look like we had any sort of drive about us. So the players know that they must do better and this is a great game for us to come back into after the break.

"It's been a stop start season and ideally I'd like to have played sooner after the defeat at Rugby Park but we had a break because of the semi-final.

"The players are itching to get back and I'm sure the supporters are too. It's going to be a difficult game and the fact we've beaten them three times already this season means nothing. We have to put in a performance and if we do that I'm confident we'll come away with all three points."

Tomorrow's opponents are involved in a relegation dogfight while Saints sit 7th place in the table. However, the manager insists that his players will not be going into the game with nothing to play for.

"We can't slip into holiday mode," Tommy said, "we've still got five games to play and we want to take as many points as possible to ensure we secure 7th place come the end of the season.

"Dundee will be hungry and they'll bring a decent support with them to back their team. It's a big game for them and they're fighting for lives and people's jobs too - relegation has a big impact at a football club.

"We have a duty to ourselves and our supporters to put in performances over the final five games and finish the season strongly.

"The campaign isn't over yet and we can still make this a very good season for us."

On the injury front, the manager is boosted by the return to full training of Tony Watt and David Wotherspoon but he will be without the suspended Jason Kerr and the injured duo of Niall Keown and Drey Wright tomorrow.


You can watch The Manager and Liam Gordon's pre-match interviews over on Saints TV now!


Tomorrow's match is a 3PM kick-off at McDiarmid Park and the match will be shown LIVE on Saints TV to overseas subscribers. UK/Ireland subscribers will get live audio commentary of the match with the full replay and highlights available from midnight.

Co-commentator tomorrow is former Saints midfielder Paul Kane.