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Partick Thistle 2-0 Motherwell

Partick Thistle ended Motherwell's impressive winning streak with a dominant display at Firhill.

Two second-half goals from Lyle Taylor helped give Alan Archibald's side some breathing space in the battle to avoid a relegation play-off.

It was a stuttering display from the visitors, who created few chances and had Stuart Carswell sent off late on.

Defeat leaves Well in the play-off spot, three points below Ross County but 10 clear of St Mirren.

Victory takes Thistle seven points above the Steelmen, with County visiting St Mirren on Monday evening.

The swirling wind in the west end of Glasgow made play tricky from the start but it was really no excuse for the poor fair on show in a fairly forgettable first half.

Lyle Taylor scores for Partick Thistle against Motherwell

Motherwell had scored 11 goals in the three wins which preceded their trip to Firhill and it took just a minute for them to create the first chance.

John Sutton pounced on a slack Abdul Osman pass back but his six-yard effort crept just wide of Scott Fox's right-hand post.

A sign of things to come? No.

A succession of poor passes and wild shots were punctuated by half-chances for Ryan Stevenson and Taylor as the home side finished strongest before a welcome break.

It was a warning that Motherwell should have heeded, because the Jags effectively killed the game off in a seven-minute spell at the start of a pulsating second half.

The on-loan Scunthorpe forward nodded in his first after Stuart Bannigan headed a free-kick back across goal.

Keith Lasley and Kallum Higginbotham
Motherwell were send best at Firhill

And before Motherwell had time to regroup, Thistle were all over them again.

Callum Booth crossed from the left and Taylor turned in at the second attempt after his initial effort had been blocked.

Motherwell were stunned but could not find any way out of their own half.

Instead of defending their lead, the Jags tried to capitalise further on their dominance.

Stevenson watched his low drive skip just wide and Booth headed narrowly past from a corner.

Motherwell's misery was complete just before the final whistle when substitute Carswell was given his marching orders for a second booking.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 6BalatoniBooked at 72mins
  • 5Booth
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 18Osman
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11Lawless
  • 10Stevenson
  • 29TaylorBooked at 71minsSubstituted forDoolanat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 12Gallacher
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Wilson
  • 28McDaid
  • 30Keenan

Motherwell

  • 1Long
  • 18Law
  • 45Laing
  • 6McManus
  • 44Straker
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forThomasat 67'minutes
  • 14LasleyBooked at 71minsSubstituted forCarswellat 76'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 48Pearson
  • 19Erwin
  • 77McDonald
  • 9SuttonSubstituted forMooreat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Carswell
  • 5Ramsden
  • 12Twardzik
  • 15O'Brien
  • 20Kerr
  • 22Moore
  • 26Thomas
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
5,003

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Motherwell 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Motherwell 0.

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

Foul by Josh Law (Motherwell).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

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

Booking

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Anthony Straker (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Stuart Carswell replaces Keith Lasley.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Moore replaces John Sutton.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Booking

Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

Dom Thomas (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Dom Thomas replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

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

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

Josh Law (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Motherwell 0. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic31234464154973
2Aberdeen31205651272465
3Inverness CT32167944331155
4Dundee Utd31154125246649
5St Johnstone33146132932-348
6Dundee321111104443144
7Hamilton33127144248-643
8Partick Thistle33108154138338
9Kilmarnock31108133340-738
10Ross County3297163656-2034
11Motherwell3394203357-2431
12St Mirren3263232256-3421
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