Farid El Alagui's first goal for Dundee United was not enough to secure victory in a pulsating encounter against Partick Thistle at Firhill.

It was a mesmerising run from full-back Andrew Robertson that gave El Alagui a simple tap-in to open his account.

Before that, Thistle had hit the post through Conrad Balatoni and Lyle Taylor had dragged an effort wide.

But Gary Fraser eventually restored parity in the second half; firing low and hard into the bottom corner.

Both sides headed into the match on the back of unenviable form as United were without a win in six, while Thistle had not won in four, and the hosts are still in the relegation play-off place without a home win in the league this season, while the visitors missed the chance to go fourth.

The desperation and urgency for three points seemed to manifest itself throughout this encounter, with plenty of chances at both ends but not the conviction in front of goal to match.

Partick Thistle midfielder Fraser fizzed a shot towards the target from distance, but United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak parried to safety.

Thistle almost went ahead through an unlikely source in Balatoni, but his header drifted narrowly wide, before he then hit the post moments later.

The visitors had claims for a penalty waved away by referee William Collum when Stuart Armstrong appeared to be blocked by Jordan McMillan in the box.

That seemed to spur United into the action, and particularly Robertson, whose boundless energy, creativity and imagination caused Thistle numerous problems.

The full-back showed good skill; twisting and turning, before angling a shot that look destined for the bottom corner, which Paul Gallacher tipped round the post.

But Robertson was relentless and eventually his effort and desire was rewarded. Gary Mackay-Steven played the ball into the path of the full-back, and the 19-year-old took the ball 30 yards, skipping past Lee Mair, before cutting the ball back for El Alagui, who fired into the empty net for his first United goal.

Jackie McNamara's men could have extended the lead as El Alagui had two efforts saved by Gallacher, before Taylor dragged a shot wide at the other end, which brought an end to frenetic opening.

The second half continued in the same vein as incisive play between Mark Wilson, Mackay-Steven and Armstrong created another shooting chance, which the midfielder dragged wide from the edge of the area.

But Partick Thistle were never out the game and, although they did not fashion too many clear-cut chances, there was always the belief they could salvage something from this match, especially when substitute Kris Doolan almost stabbed home from close range.

However, Thistle's pressure finally paid off as Fraser fired into the bottom corner via a deflection to equalise for the hosts.

Alan Archibald's men continued to push for that elusive first home win of the season but United stood firm and took a share of the spoils after John Rankin drilled a late free kick wide.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Partick Thistle

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 16 McMillan (O'Donnell - 58' )
  • 03 Taylor-Sinclair
  • 22 Fraser
  • 15 Mair
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 14 Elliott
  • 10 Buaben Booked (Craigen - 83' )
  • 21 Taylor Booked
  • 23 Higginbotham (Doolan - 60' )
  • 08 Bannigan Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 07 Craigen
  • 09 Doolan
  • 11 Lawless
  • 17 Moncur

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 16 Wilson Booked
  • 26 Robertson
  • 08 Rankin
  • 20 Souttar
  • 03 Good
  • 10 Armstrong (Dow - 79' )
  • 06 Paton
  • 29 El Alagui (Graham - 66' )
  • 21 Ciftci (Gauld - 66' )
  • 11 Mackay-Steven

Substitutes

  • 02 Dillon
  • 09 Graham
  • 12 Watson
  • 18 Dow
  • 19 Gauld
  • 25 McCallum
  • 27 Gomis
Ref: William Collum
Att: 3,748

Match Stats

Shots

12 14

On target

3 7

Corners

8 6

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 1.

90:00 +3:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 1.

90:00 +2:48

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +2:24 Booking

Booking Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:08

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle).

90:00 +2:08

John Souttar (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:12

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:12

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

85:23

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

82:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Prince Buaben.

82:06

Brian Graham (Dundee United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

81:33

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Mair.

79:51

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

79:31

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

78:36

Attempt missed. Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Ryan Dow replaces Stuart Armstrong.

77:18

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul Paton.

74:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 1. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

74:07

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Mackay-Steven.

70:06

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

69:52

Attempt saved. Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

67:44

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:44

Foul by Brian Graham (Dundee United).

65:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Ryan Gauld replaces Nadir Ciftci.

65:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Brian Graham replaces Farid El Alagui.

64:59

Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

64:37

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by John Rankin.

64:23

Attempt blocked. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:32

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60:17 Booking

Booking Mark Wilson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

60:11

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:08

Foul by Mark Wilson (Dundee United).

59:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Kallum Higginbotham because of an injury.

58:26

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

57:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Stephen O'Donnell replaces Jordan McMillan because of an injury.

57:03

Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle).

57:03

Mark Wilson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:33

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by John Rankin.

53:07

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

52:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:31

Delay in match Andrew Robertson (Dundee United) because of an injury.

46:30

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by John Souttar.

46:03

Attempt blocked. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:45

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

45:00

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 1.

45:00 +0:38 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 1.

45:00 +0:24

(Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:24

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dundee United).

43:40

Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

42:38

Foul by Mark Wilson (Dundee United).

42:38

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:07

Attempt missed. Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

39:36

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

33:50

Attempt blocked. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

33:20

Attempt saved. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:07

Attempt saved. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

31:42

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

31:42

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:22 Booking

Booking Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

29:12

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:12

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

28:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 1. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

25:45

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

25:24

Attempt saved. Andrew Robertson (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

24:11

Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

23:45

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stuart Armstrong.

22:09

Attempt missed. Paul Paton (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21:14

Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

20:53

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul Paton.

18:09

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

17:22 Booking

Booking Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

17:17

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:17

Foul by Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle).

11:37

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United).

11:37

Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:16

Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

10:32

Attempt saved. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

9:50

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United).

9:50

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:05

Mark Wilson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:05

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

5:52

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:52

Foul by Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle).

4:54

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Mair.

4:14

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:14

Foul by Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle).

1:44

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).

1:44

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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