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Partick Thistle 0-0 St Johnstone

St Johnstone avoided a sixth straight Scottish Premiership defeat but remain behind hosts Partick Thistle after grinding out a draw at Firhill.

The Glasgow side adapted better to difficult conditions created by the icy rain and strong winds in Glasgow.

But, without the injured Kallum Higginbotham, Thistle again lacked a creative spark in front of goal.

Saints had the best chance of the game only for Lee Croft to fire straight at goalkeeper Scott Fox.

It meant that the Perth side missed the opportunity to leapfrog their hosts.

However, Saints will probably be content to have extended their unbeaten run at Firhill to eight games since August 2008.

Despite playing both Brian Graham and James McFadden up front, they certainly appeared to have avoiding another league defeat as a priority in a season that is threatening to unravel.

Manager Tommy Wright was able to restore Frazer Wright to the heart of the defence and Chris Milllar to his midfield in place of Scott Brown and Gary Miller.

However, the return of the experienced pair struggled to change what has become a characteristically stodgy style of play.

St Johnstone and Partick Thistle players
Neither side could make the breakthrough at Firhill

The tactic of lumping long diagonal balls forward was doing little to help recent - and potentially creative - Saints signing McFadden escape from the anonymity that has shrouded the former Scotland striker for some years.

It did almost pay dividends, however, as the visitors looked intent on providing an early test for Thistle debutant Frederic Frans, who replaced the suspended Danny Seaborne.

Straight from kick-off, Dave Mackay's high ball forced a nervous header from the 6ft 4in Belgian and Graham fired into the side netting.

Thereafter, Thistle were the ones mastering the blustery conditions - and their opponents.

Bereft of Higginbotham, though, they once again failed to make the most of their studied build-up play.

Indeed, as the first half came to a close, it was Saints who came close as Croft raced clear only to fire lazily against the body of the advancing Fox.

Graham also unforgivably headed well wide when found in acres of space in front of goal by a Croft corner.

It was back to the same old routine after the break, with the Jags peppering the visitors' penalty box without fashioning a clear-cut chance.

Saints occasionally threatened on the break against a Thistle defence in which former Lierse man Frans had slotted in confidently.

In fact, it was they who came close to snatching an unlikely victory when Murray Davidson's header from a Simon Lappin header forced a goal-line save from Fox.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 16McMillanBooked at 89mins
  • 8Bannigan
  • 7Craigen
  • 18Osman
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forMcDaidat 86'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forEcclestonat 71'minutes
  • 14ElliottBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 10Stevenson
  • 12Gallacher
  • 17Carroll
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
  • 26Lindsay
  • 28McDaid

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 5Wright
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 22CroftBooked at 75minsSubstituted forWotherspoonat 78'minutes
  • 18Davidson
  • 7Millar
  • 4Lappin
  • 17McFaddenSubstituted forO'Halloranat 71'minutes
  • 14GrahamBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 8McDonald
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 19Miller
  • 20Brown
  • 29O'Halloran
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
3,090

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, St. Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, St. Johnstone 0.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Eccleston (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone).

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Attempt saved. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Brian Graham (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Steven Lawless.

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David Wotherspoon replaces Lee Croft.

Booking

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Brian Graham (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Chris Millar (St. Johnstone).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Lee Croft (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Frazer Wright (St. Johnstone).

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Michael O'Halloran replaces James McFadden.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Nathan Eccleston replaces Kris Doolan.

Attempt saved. James McFadden (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Attempt saved. Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Croft.

Brian Graham (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton117221971223
2Inverness CT11722158723
3Dundee Utd117131913622
4Kilmarnock10622148620
5Aberdeen116141715219
6Celtic95222071317
7Dundee114431413116
8Partick Thistle103251313011
9St Johnstone11317714-710
10St Mirren112271018-88
11Motherwell11218619-137
12Ross County11128928-195
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