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2012-13

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2012-13

With several top team players leaving at the end of the previous season, most notably Hugh Murray, Steven Thomson, Jeroen Tesselaar, Nigel Hasselbaink and Graeme Smith, Danny Lennon had to look for replacements for key positions.
In came Jon Robertson from Cowdenbeath, ex MK Don Lewis Guy and Sam Parkin from Queen of the South.
However, preparation were thrown into turmoil with the protracted saga of Rangers administration and pending liquidation, which cast a shadow over the whole of Scottish football and put a halt on many transfers as finances were assessed and re-assessed in an ever changing situation.
In the week before the season started, Saints signed former Rangers keeper Grant Adam as cover for Samson. Unfortunately in the first week of the season, Adam was badly injured in an U-20 match, prompting a return to Saints for former keeper Chris Smith who signed a short term deal on the eve of the 2nd match.
There was further injury woe in the third game of the season when Darren McGregor, who had fought back to fitness throughout the previous season following a cruciate ligament injury, damaged the cruciate in his other knee and faced another season of rehab.
On the back of losing McGregor Saints brught in defender Paul Dummett on loan from Newcastle United until January.
A steady start to the season saw Saints produce some fine football and earned great reviews for the style and flair throughout the team.
Some of the best performances were seen in the League Cup, leading to a semi final appearance against Celtic at Hampden. 
History was against Saints, having failed to find the net in their previous eight meetings, but led by new January signings Conor Newton and Esmael Goncalves, Saints triumphed 3-2 in a thrilling match. 
In mid March, another five goal thriller at the National Stadium saw Saints lift the League Cup for the first time in their history with goals from Goncalves, Thompson and Newton securing a 3-2 win.
With silverware in the boardroom, many felt that Saints could push on and improve on last seasons highest finish, but some poor dislpays in the run in meant that again, it wasn't until the last three games that safety was secuured, and that was by default as Dundee failed to reach their points target, whilst Saints tried their best to throw away all the good work with just two wins in fifteen games.

Competitive Results
Premier League

 

04-08-2012

Inverness C.T.

Greenhill Road

2-2

Guy McGregor

11-08-2012

Dundee

Dens Park

2-0

McLean Parkin

18-08-2012

Hibernian

Greenhill Road

1-2

Thompson

25-08-2012

Motherwell

Fir Park

1-1

Reilly

01-09-2012

Aberdeen

Pittodrie

0-0

 

15-09-2012

Heart of Midlothian

Greenhill Road

2-0

Goodwin Guy

22-09-2012

Kilmarnock

Rugby Park

1-3

McGowan

29-09-2012

Ross County

Greenhill Road

5-4

Thompson2 Guy McLean Parkin

06-10-2012

St Johnstone

McDiarmid Park

1-2

Guy

20-10-2012

Celtic

Greenhill Road

0-5

 

27-10-2012

Dundee United

Greenhill Road

0-1

 

03-11-2012

Hibernian

Easter Road

1-2

McLean

10-11-2012

Aberdeen

Greenhill Road

1-4

Thompson

17-11-2012

Heart of Midlothian

Tynecastle

0-1

 

24-11-2012

Dundee

Greenhill Road

3-1

Thompson2 Imrie 

28-11-2012

Ross County

Victoria Stadium

0-0

 

08-12-2012

St Johnstone

Greenhill Road

1-1

Dummett

15-12-2012

Celtic

Parkhead

0-2

 

21-12-2012

Motherwell

Greenhill Road

2-1

Thompson2

26-12-2012

Inverness C.T.

Caledonian Stadium

2-2

Imrie Thompson

30-12-2012

Dundee United

Tannadice

4-3

Dummett McAusland vanZanten Thompson

02-01-2013

Kilmarnock

Greenhill Road

1-1

McGowan

19-01-2013

Ross County

Greenhill Road

1-4

Thompson 

30-01-2013

Inverness C.T.

Greenhill Road

2-1

Goncalves Thompson

09-02-2013

Aberdeen

Pittodrie

0-0

 

16-02-2013

Hibernian

Greenhill Road

0-1

 

23-02-2013

St Johnstone

McDiarmid Park

0-1

 

27-02-2013

Heart of Midlothian

Greenhill Road

2-0

McGowan Carey

06-03-2013

Dundee

Dens Park

1-2

Imrie

09-03-2013

Dundee United

Greenhill Road

0-0

 

30-03-2013

Celtic

Greenhill Road

1-1

McGowan

20-04-2013

Dundee

Greenhill Road

1-2

Thompson 

11-05-2013

Aberdeen

Greenhill Road

0-0

 

   

Scottish Cup

01-12-2012 4th RndBrechin CityGreenhill Road2-0McLean Robertson
02-02-2013 5th RndSt JohnstoneGreenhill Road2-0Goncalves2
02-03-20131/4 FinalCelticGreenhill Road1-2Goncalves

League Cup

29-08-2012

2nd Rnd

Ayr United

Greenhill Road

5-1

Guy Thompson McGowan McLean Teale

25-09-2012

3rd Rnd

Hamilton Accies

Greenhill Road

1-0

Mair

30-10-2012

1/4 Final

Aberdeen

Pittodrie

2-2
4-2 pens

Parkin McLean
McLean Teale Goodwin McAusland

27-01-2013

Semi Final

Celtic

Hampden Park

3-2

Goncalves McGowan Thompson

17-03-2013

Final

Hearts

Hampden Park

3-2

Goncalves Thompson Newton

Top scorers

 

League

Scottish
Cup

League
Cup

Total

Thompson

13

-

3

16

Goncalves

3

3

2

8

McGowan

5

-

2

7

Guy

5

-

1

6

McLean

3

1

2

6

Imrie

3

-

-

3

McAusland

3

-

-

3

Parkin

2

-

1

3

Newton

2

-

1

3

Dummett

2

-

-

2

McGregor

1

-

-

1

Goodwin

1

-

-

1

Reilly

1

-

-

1

van Zanten

1

-

-

1

Carey

1

-

-

1

McGinn

1

-

-

1

Robertson

-

1

-

1

Mair

-

-

1

1

Teale

-

-

1

1