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Partick Thistle 0-0 Kilmarnock

Partick Thistle's top-six hopes were dented and Kilmarnock's relegation fears heightened with a goal-less Scottish Premiership draw at Firhill.

New Killie signing Miles Addison almost marked his debut with a goal but the post kept out his header.

Kris Boyd had a tap-in ruled out for offside straight after the break before Mathias Pogba's angled drive was also chalked off.

And Boyd blasted a great chance over the crossbar with 15 minutes remaining.

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The Ayrshire side's advantage over bottom side Dundee United is reduced to five points, with the Tangerines winning away to St Johnstone and also having a game in hand against Thistle in midweek.

Killie manager Lee Clark said pre-match that he would be taking a "calculated risk" by starting Addison at the centre of defence when the Englishman was not 100% match fit, but the gamble almost paid off immediately.

Julien Faubert's fourth-minute free-kick found the ex-Peterborough man at the back post and he met it with a header that cracked off Tomas Cerny's near post.

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark
Appointed in mid-February, Clark is still looking for his first win as Kilmarnock manager

Fresh from signing a new one-year contract, Australian midfielder Ryan Edwards blasted Thistle's first opportunity way over as the Jags tried to respond to the early pressure from their visitors.

Freddie Frans - the Belgian centre-half that Thistle boss Alan Archibald said was pleased to be back "home" in Glasgow after being in his native country when the bombings happened last month - headed high above the target from Sean Welsh's corner.

Kilmarnock had two former Jags in their starting line-up in the shape of Conrad Balatoni and Kallum Higginbotham, and the home fans certainly made them as uncomfortable as possible by booing most of their touches.

Thanks largely to the industry and flair of David Amoo down the right-hand side, Thistle began to take control.

The former Carlisle winger tormented Lee Hodson and on one occasion delivered an inviting cross that Pogba could only nod wide of Jamie MacDonald's upright.

Both teams had a goal disallowed for offside at the start of the second half - Boyd disappointed for Killie after Rory McKenzie's header hit the bar, while Pogba was left deflated for the hosts.

Thistle would have been ahead had Edwards' close-range effort not been blocked; then Callum Booth - who has played every minute of competitive action for the Jags this season - watched his shot get deflected over.

Boyd, known as a clinical finisher throughout his career, spurned a brilliant chance to win the match for Killie when he ballooned Josh Magennis's cut-back over from eight yards.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2MillerBooked at 90mins
  • 13Frans
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 90mins
  • 5Booth
  • 7AmooSubstituted forElliottat 82'minutes
  • 19EdwardsSubstituted forFraserat 57'minutes
  • 6OsmanBooked at 84mins
  • 4Welsh
  • 11Lawless
  • 99PogbaSubstituted forDoolanat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 12Scully
  • 14Elliott
  • 15Dumbuya
  • 16Nesbitt
  • 22Fraser
  • 27Nisbet

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 27Hodson
  • 26Balatoni
  • 4Addison
  • 14O'Hara
  • 23Kiltie
  • 29Dicker
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forFrizzellat 79'minutes
  • 36Faubert
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forMagennisat 64'minutes
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 5Findlay
  • 8Henshall
  • 13Brennan
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 19Slater
  • 28Magennis
  • 39Frizzell
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,359

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Miles Addison (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Gary Miller (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Miller (Partick Thistle).

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock).

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

Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces David Amoo.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Miles Addison.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Adam Frizzell replaces Rory McKenzie.

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Mathias Pogba.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle).

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic31226376245272
2Aberdeen31205652341865
3Hearts31168752322056
4Motherwell32135144047-744
5St Johnstone32127134848043
6Dundee3191394747040
7Ross County32124164755-840
8Partick Thistle31108133138-738
9Inverness CT3199133843-536
10Hamilton3189143451-1733
11Kilmarnock3278173054-2429
12Dundee Utd3166193355-2224
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