St Johnstone will give Dundee full respect

Tommy Wright wasn't happy with Murray Davidson.

Bottom of the league Dundee will get the full respect of high-flying St Johnstone, Paul Paton has pledged.

The Perth men extended their unbeaten start to the Premiership campaign with a hard-fought draw against Hibs and are sitting third in the table, two points off the lead.

Next up are the winless Dark Blues at Dens Park.

“We know Dundee have some class in their side with players like Scott Allan,” said Paton. “They’ve not started well but I’m sure Neil McCann will turn it around in time.”

Meanwhile, Saints boss Tommy Wright wasn’t impressed with Paton’s fellow central midfielder Murray Davidson, who came off at half-time on Saturday.

“Murray said he was fit but he has been ill,” said Wright.

“I’m not happy he’s had to go off after 45 minutes because you can’t tell your manager you’re fit then go off half-way through a game.

“It wasn’t the head injury, he’s been ill but he told us he was fine.

“We have had to make a forced substitution so I’m not happy with that.

“It worked out OK because Liam (Craig) came on and set up the goal, but we still wasted a sub on someone who wasn’t fit when they said they were.

“The one thing I am happy with, though, is the result and the fact we move out of this weekend still unbeaten.”