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2011-12

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2011-12

Following the release of so many players at the end of the previous season, Danny Lennon set about rebuilding his squad, claiming that this time he would be looking for quality rather than quantity as he had done last time out.
The quality was certainly found with the arrival of Stephen Thompson from Burnley and Gary Teale from Sheffield Wednesday. Both recent Scottish internationalists with vast experience.
Also arriving were Nigel Hasselbaink, Graeme Smith, Dutch full back Jeroen Tesselaar and a return for two former loan players in Paul McGowan and Graham Carey, both on permanent deals.
With the build up progressing smoothly and things looking positive, the preparations were dealt a blow with the resignation of assistant manager Iain Jenkins, for personal reasons.
Tommy Craig was brought in as first team coach bringing a massive amount of experience to the club.
As the season progressed, Saints were praised for playing an attractive passing game, but they still found goals hard to come by, despite Steven Thompson scoring 15 times.
Highlights of the season were a draw at Ibrox and a great Christmas Eve win over Rangers at Greenhill Road.
Despite losing out in the early rounds of the cup competitions, the league provided much entertainment culminating in an eighth place finish, the highest league position for 22 years.
The major improvment from previous seasons was turning what would have been defeats last season into draws this time round. A fact proved by the creation of a new club record of 16 league draws in the campaign.
If we can only turn these draws into wins next season!
The season ended on an emotional note with the final game in the stripes for Hugh Murray after fifteen seasons in the top team. His final game was at Grenhill Road against Inverness at the start of May. He was given a great and so well deserved ovation by the fans.

Competitive Results

Premier League

 

25-07-2011

Dunfermline Athletic

East End Park

0-0

 

30-07-2011

Aberdeen

Greenhill Road

1-0

Hasselbaink

06-08-2011

Dundee United

Tannadice

1-1

Thompson

13-08-2011

Motherwell

Greenhill Road

0-1

 

20-08-2011

Hibernian

Easter Road

2-1

Thompson Thomson

28-08-2011

Celtic

Greenhill Road

0-2

 

10-09-2011

St Johnstone

Greenhill Road      

0-0

 

17-09-2011

Hearts

Tynecastle             

0-2

 

24-09-2011

Kilmarnock

Greenhill Road      

3-0

McGowan2 Hasselbaink

01-10-2011

Inverness C.T.

Caledonian Stadium

1-2

McAusland

15-10-2011

Rangers

Ibrox      

1-1

Thompson

22-10-2011

Hibernian

Greenhill Road      

2-3

McGowan2

29-10-2011

St Johnstone

McDiarmid Park     

1-0

McLean

05-11-2011

Hearts

Greenhill Road      

0-0

 

19-11-2011

Dunfermline Athletic

Greenhill Road      

2-1

McLean Hasslebaink

26-11-2011

Celtic

Celtic Park             

0-5

 

03-12-2011

Inverness C.T.

Greenhill Road      

1-2

Thompson

10-12-2011

Aberdeen

Pittodrie 

2-2

McLean Carey

17-12-2011

Motherwell

Fir Park  

1-1

Goodwin

24-12-2011

Rangers

Greenhill Road      

2-1

Mooy McGowan

28-12-2011

Dundee United

Greenhill Road      

2-2

Thompson Carey

02-01-2012

Kilmarnock

Rugby Park            

1-2

Mair

14-01-2012

Hearts

Tynecastle             

2-5

McGowan Thompson

21-01-2012

Celtic

Greenhill Road      

0-2

 

28-01-2012

Inverness C.T.

Caledonian Stadium

0-0

 

11-02-2012

Motherwell

Greenhill Road      

0-0

 

18-02-2012

Dundee United

Tannadice             

0-0

 

25-02-2012

Aberdeen

Greenhill Road      

1-1

Hasslebaink

03-03-2012

Hibernian

Easter Road          

0-0

 

17-03-2012

St Johnstone

Greenhill Road      

0-3

 

24-03-2012

Dunfermline Athletic

East End Park        

1-1

Thompson

31-03-2012

Kilmarnock

Greenhill Road

4-2

Thompson2 Thomson Hasslebaink

07-04-2012

Rangers

Ibrox      

1-3

McGowan

21-04-2012

Dunfermline Athletic

Greenhill Road      

4-4

Thompson3 Hasslebaink

29-04-2012

Hibernian

Greenhill Road      

1-0

McLean

02-05-2012

Kilmarnock

Rugby Park            

2-0

McGowan Thompson

05-05-2012

Inverness C.T.

Greenhill Road      

0-1

 

12-05-2012

Aberdeen

Pittodrie 

0-0

 

Scottish Cup

07-01-20124th RndHamilton AcciesGreenhill Road0-0-
17-01-2012ReplayHamilton AcciesNew Douglas Park1-0Carey
04-02-20125th RndRoss CountyGreenhill Road1-1Thompson
14-02-2012ReplayRoss CountyVictoria Stadium2-1Teale Hasslebaink
10-03-20121/4 FinalHeartsTynecastle2-2Carey OG
21-03-2012ReplayHeartsGreenhill Road0-2-

League Cup

23-08-20112nd RndMortonCappielow4-3Thompson2 Teale Hasselbaink
20-09-20113rd RndSt JohnstoneMcDiarmid Park2-0Goodwin OG
25-10-20111/4 FinalAyr UnitedGreenhill Road0-1-

 

Top scorers

 

League

Scottish

Cup

League

Cup

Total

Thompson

13

1

2

16

McGowan

8

-

-

8

Hasslebaink

5

1

1

7

McLean

4

-

-

4

Carey

2

2

-

4

Thomson

2

-

-

2

Goodwin

1

-

1

2

Teale

-

1

1

2

McAusland

1

-

-

1

Mooy

1

-

-

1

Mair

1

-

-

1