Scottish Premiership
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Dundee United 0-2 Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle ended a run of six matches without a victory by beating Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United at Tannadice.

Stephen O'Donnell's drive gave Thistle the lead.

And an own goal by Jaroslaw Fojut stretched their advantage before the half-time interval.

United could not claw their way back into the match and their winless run is extended to four matches, further denting their European hopes.

Saturday's victory ensures the men from Maryhill now have a seven point cushion over the three sides below them in the Premiership table.

If their recent poor run of form had hit confidence levels in the Partick camp, it did not show in the opening 45 minutes as they bossed it against Jackie McNamara's United.

Lyle Taylor and James Craigen drew decent saves from keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak before the goal their play deserved arrived 10 minutes before the break - and it was a beauty.

Stephen O'Donnell celebrates his goal
Stephen O'Donnell handed Partick Thistle the lead with a brilliant curling shot in the first half

Lyle Taylor played a key role with a delightful back-heel that allowed O'Donnell to jink inside from the right and curl a cracker past United goalkeeper Cierzniak from 20 yards.

Much to the disgust of the home fans, Thistle doubled their lead before half time.

A Partick corner caused panic in the home box and the ball took a touch off Ryan McGowan and then Fojut before it found its way beyond Cierzniak.

The two-goal lead was no more than the visitors deserved, with United having failed to test Paul Gallacher in the Partick goal.

Their best chance had fallen to Nadir Ciftci but the striker was unable to control and finish from just a few yards out.

The second half was a dour affair in drizzling rain, with little inventiveness and a series of injury stoppages punctuating play.

Stuart Bannigan almost made it three for Thistle, whipping a low shot just wide after the 70 minute mark.

The hosts never looked like scoring and even when Henri Anier was given a clear sight of the goal at the death, he blasted well over the bar from six yards out.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 2Dillon
  • 16McGowanBooked at 12mins
  • 5Fojut
  • 3Dixon
  • 6Paton
  • 21TelferSubstituted forAnierat 52'minutes
  • 24Spittal
  • 17ErskineSubstituted forBilateat 76'minutes
  • 18Dow
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 4Souttar
  • 8Rankin
  • 10Muirhead
  • 19Bilate
  • 22Connolly
  • 30Anier
  • 51Zwick

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 8Bannigan
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forMcDaidat 69'minutes
  • 11Lawless
  • 7Craigen
  • 18Osman
  • 14Elliott
  • 29TaylorSubstituted forDoolanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Booth
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Stevenson
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 28McDaid
  • 40Basalaj
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
6,517

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

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

Attempt missed. Henri Anier (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Attempt saved. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Ryan Dow (Dundee United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

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

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Mario Bilate replaces Chris Erskine.

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

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

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

Sean Dillon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Kallum Higginbotham because of an injury.

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

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

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

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

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) header from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Charlie Telfer.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

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

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee United 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dundee United 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Goal!

Own Goal by Jaroslaw Fojut, Dundee United. Dundee United 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

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

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 0, Partick Thistle 1. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic25193352133960
2Aberdeen26183547212657
3Inverness CT28165742291353
4Dundee Utd27144949381146
5Hamilton29125123940-141
6Dundee2810993939039
7St Johnstone27115112427-338
8Kilmarnock2797112935-634
9Partick Thistle2777133535028
10Ross County2756162852-2421
11St Mirren2863192246-2421
12Motherwell2763182051-3121
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