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Aberdeen 0-0 Partick Thistle

Aberdeen moved to within seven points of Premiership leaders Celtic but a goalless draw with Partick Thistle all but ended the Dons' title hopes.

Lawrence Shankland had two early chances for the hosts but was too high with both.

Thistle's first-half substitute Lyle Taylor then missed two chances when clean through on goal.

Chances were at a premium after the break and Thistle created the better openings without managing to score.

It's a measure of how far the Dons have come under the stewardship of Derek McInnes that they remain unbeaten since October against teams other than the league leaders.

However, had Taylor shown more composure in front of goal then that record would have gone as the visitors created the better chances.

The Firhill club have now lost just one of their last five league matches ahead of their midweek meeting with Celtic.

Aberdeen handed Shankland a first starting appearance and the teenage striker quickly set about justifying the decision.

Shankland, who has scored 26 goals for the development side this season and claimed a double on his Scotland Under-21 debut against Hungary, was just inches away with a shot over the bar following Jonny Hayes' delivery.

The young striker also headed a Ryan Jack cross just over the top but those were rare moments of anxiety for the visitors in the opening period.

Alan Archibald's side quickly came to terms with their opponents and counter-attacked to good effect with Steven Lawless sending a hitch-kick volley narrowly wide.

Lyle Taylor had multiple chances to score for Partick Thistle
Lyle Taylor had multiple chances to score for Partick Thistle

The Thistle manager was forced into an early alteration as lone striker Kris Doolan picked up a hamstring injury and Taylor came on.

The tall frontman's physicality caused the Dons defence problems but he could not make the most of that strength after creating two golden chances.

Within a minute of coming on he ran away from Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor but Jamie Langfield raced from his goal to block.

Then, striker Taylor was left one-on-one with Langfield again only to dink the ball over the goalkeeper and just wide.

The real surprise was that the Dons continued to be slack in possession and vulnerable at the back against a hard-working Thistle side who never let them settle into their normally fluent style.

In fact, it was the visitors who went closest to scoring in a frantic second half when James Craigen broke clear.

The midfielder's shot from the edge of the area was tipped over the bar by Langfield.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 2LoganBooked at 76mins
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 25ShanklandSubstituted forMcGinnat 55'minutes
  • 8FloodSubstituted forPawlettat 55'minutes
  • 22Jack
  • 11Hayes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 10McGinn
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 20Brown
  • 28Daniels

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 5Booth
  • 7Craigen
  • 18Osman
  • 8BanniganBooked at 42mins
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forHigginbothamat 77'minutes
  • 10Stevenson
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forTaylorat 32'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gallacher
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Wilson
  • 29Taylor
  • 30Keenan
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
12,727

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Partick Thistle 0.

Attempt missed. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Kenny McLean.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Steven Lawless.

Booking

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

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

Attempt saved. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Craigen.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett replaces Willo Flood.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Lawrence Shankland.

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

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

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29223461144769
2Aberdeen30195650272362
3Inverness CT30166843311254
4Dundee Utd29144115043746
5St Johnstone31136122831-345
6Hamilton32127134247-543
7Dundee30101194141041
8Kilmarnock31108133340-738
9Partick Thistle3198143936335
10Ross County3187163556-2131
11Motherwell3184192855-2728
12St Mirren3163222251-2921
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