Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 1-0 Partick Thistle

A stoppage-time winner from Paul McGowan lifted Dundee into the top half of the Premiership after a dour contest with Partick Thistle at Dens Park.

Gary Harkins waltzed his way into the penalty area to set up his team-mate for a tap-in at the back post.

The visitors were on top during the first 45 minutes, threatening from a series of set-pieces.

But it needed a good save from Jags keeper Scott Fox to keep out an Alex Harris free-kick before half-time.

Dundee move two points clear of Tayside rivals St Johnstone, having stretched their unbeaten league run to seven matches, while Thistle have now lost their last four outings.

Harkins' late demonstration of skill was the only real moment of magic in a flat afternoon from both sides.

Thistle got off to the brighter start and striker Lyle Taylor should have had them in front in six minutes, spinning to fire in a shot from 10 yard only to steer it wide.

Striker Paul Heffernan made his debut for Dundee in a game of few chances
Experienced striker Paul Heffernan made his debut for Dundee in a game of few chances

Jim McAlister then had a great chance for Dundee latching on to a neat Harris through ball, but Fox was smartly off his line to block.

Thistle though were the livelier side and, after several half-chances, Callum Booth went close on when he powered a header over from a Stuart Bannigan corner.

On the stroke of half time Harris hit a powerful 25-yard free kick which seemed net-bound but Fox leapt to his right to turn the shot away.

The visiting goalkeeper did not reappear for the second half - with Paul Gallacher replacing his injured colleague, while Harkins was introduced after the interval along with Dark Blues team-mate Willie Dyer.

Paul Heffernan, making his debut for the hosts, flashed a shot wide after an hour but both sides were struggling to create clear-cut chances.

With the game seemingly petering out, Harkins suddenly burst into life, shuffling past two Thistle defenders on the left side of their box to square a pass for McGowan, who had the simple task to stab home from four yards.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 5McPake
  • 26GadzhalovSubstituted forHarkinsat 45'minutes
  • 2IrvineSubstituted forDyerat 46'minutes
  • 4Konrad
  • 48McGinn
  • 47Harris
  • 20McAlister
  • 18McGowanBooked at 90mins
  • 49HeffernanSubstituted forWightonat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Letheren
  • 3Dyer
  • 8McBride
  • 16Clarkson
  • 24Black
  • 29Harkins
  • 33Wighton

Partick Thistle

  • 1FoxSubstituted forGallacherat 45'minutes
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 6Balatoni
  • 13Frans
  • 5BoothBooked at 59mins
  • 18Osman
  • 8BanniganBooked at 6mins
  • 28McDaid
  • 22FraserSubstituted forStevensonat 74'minutes
  • 14ElliottBooked at 90mins
  • 29TaylorSubstituted forDoolanat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Stevenson
  • 11Lawless
  • 12Gallacher
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 21Richards-Everton
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
5,560

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by James McPake.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Partick Thistle 0. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Harkins.

Booking

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

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Jim McAlister (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle).

Thomas Konrad (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Dundee).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by James McPake.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by James McPake.

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

Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).

Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Wighton (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Stevenson replaces Gary Fraser.

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

Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

Alex Harris (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Paul Heffernan.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

Paul Heffernan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

Hand ball by Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Jim McAlister (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Heffernan (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic24183348133557
2Aberdeen24163541212051
3Inverness CT25163637231451
4Dundee Utd24143748331545
5Hamilton2612593932741
6Dundee269983838036
7St Johnstone25104112227-534
8Kilmarnock2595112632-632
9Partick Thistle2567123232025
10St Mirren2653182143-2218
11Motherwell2553171849-3118
12Ross County2536162451-2715
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