ST JOHNSTONE boss Tommy Wright doesn’t expect a backlash following the bad-tempered scenes at the end of his side’s 4-0 win at Dundee.

Tempers flared at the final whistle and SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan will review referee Craig Thomson’s match report.

But Wright absolved Zander Clark from blame after his substitute keeper intervened in a touchline spat involving Tayside gaffer Neil McCann and Saints kit man Manny Fowler.T

he Perth manager said: “I spoke to the referee and the match delegate after the game and they had no problems with our behaviour.

“In fact, we have had praise over the weekend about how restrained we were.”

Television footage highlighted McCann putting a hand on Clark’s face during an unseemly tussle beside the visitors’ dug-out.

The giant goalie stepped in and grabbed the Dens chief by the shoulder.

There were further angry exchanges en route to the dressing room when McCann and assistant Graham Gartland reacted to Wright’s celebration in front of the travelling fans.

The former Sky pundit later dismissed his scuffle with Clark as “handbags” and insisted: “There was no slap, punch or anything like that.”

Wright said: “We have been vindicated by the footage of what happened after the game.

“It quite clearly shows we were the ones trying to restrain things and weren’t the aggressors in any of it.

“Zander did put his hand on Neil’s shoulder, but he was acting as a peacemaker and trying to keep him away from our kit man.

“I’m not sure what triggered it. They had a go at Steven MacLean during the match and I had a go back at them.

“But it was nothing, par for the course, really.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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