St Mirren 1 - 2 Dundee

Match info: Scottish Premier at St Mirren Park

Date: 20/04/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: Craig Thomson Att: 4,002

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

St Mirren

Steven Thompson 52



Jim McAlister 40
Carl Finnigan 81

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: April 20 2013, 18:48 BST

Post-match reaction to Dundee's 2-1 victory over St Mirren.

John Brown: Delighted with his side
John Brown: Delighted with his side

Dundee interim boss John Brown guided his club to another crucial win in their fight for survival before insisting he's ready to lead them on a full-time basis.

The Dee's 2-1 win in Paisley over St Mirren ensures their bid to beat the Clydesdale Bank Premier League drop will linger on until next week's home fixture with Hearts.

But the late winner struck by Carl Finnigan - back in action after almost a year out injured - will do wonders for the squad's morale and raises hopes they can pull of an unlikely escape act.

Brown has now lost just two of his eight games in charge since replacing former manager Barry Smith on a temporary basis and when asked if he'd like the post permanently, Brown replied: "Absolutely. Dundee is a big club. I had a great playing career here in my early years and the Dundee fans have always given us great backing. So I would love the opportunity."

The Dark Blues travelled to Renfrewshire knowing anything short of a win would relegate them from the top flight after just one season but they have now closed the gap on Saints to 10 points with four games remaining.

Jim McAlister put Dundee ahead five minutes before the break after Marc McAusland's slip but Steven Thompson levelled seven minutes into the second period when he thudded home a header at the back post.

But after losing skipper Jim Goodwin following two needless bookings, Saints found it harder to repel their desperate visitors, who finally struck eight minutes before the end with Finnigan heading in off the underside of the bar.

St Mirren still hold the balance of power and could relegate Dundee next week should they beat Hibernian away but Brown could not hide his pride after notching up the third win of his short reign.

"We had to win the game but overall we deserved it," he said. "These guys have been criticised all season and labelled First Division players. In the games that I have been in charge, they have proved that they are a match for every Premier League team we have played.

"Carl has had a hellish season with injuries but if we can get him sharpened up he is a big asset. He's been out for 11 months but it was a great finish.

"His goal tells other teams that we are not going to stop playing until the last minute. For their effort and commitment, they deserve a rub of the green.

"Everyone keeps writing us off but it's now out of our control. It's about what St Mirren do. But we've showed we're not a laughing stock."

Saints manager Danny Lennon admitted his team's chances had been hurt by the red card dished out by referee Craig Thompson to Goodwin.

He said: "Jim is an important and experienced player for us but he put himself and the team in a difficult position and Craig ran out of patience with him."

The Buddies boss was impressed by their opponents' fight and hopes they can replicate it next week and end their own relegation fears before panic sets in.

"Dundee brought a fighting spirit and desire and that's something I'm hoping my players can learn from in the last four games.

"When we bring our industry, it brings out our strengths. But when we don't, we are very ordinary. In fact we were below ordinary.

"We can look over our shoulder now and see Dundee have picked up good momentum but we are still in a very comfortable position ourselves."

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