Partick Thistle 1-1 Dundee United

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.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic2320304463
2Aberdeen2414371345
3Motherwell231427444
4Inverness CT221147837
5Dundee Utd249871235
6St Johnstone23959532
7Hibernian247710-628
8Kilmarnock257513-1126
9St Mirren246612-1624
10Ross County246414-1422
11Partick Thistle2541011-1722
12Hearts255515-225
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