Partick Thistle: Alan Archibald pleased with Jags' energy

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald was satisfied to open the season with a goalless home draw with Dundee United.

"We came up against one of the best attacking sides in the league and stood up to the test," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

"We kept passing it and were unlucky not to get a goal.

"If we're going to stay up, we need to make this a hard place to come and I thought the boys' energy and work-rate was outstanding."

The newly-promoted side caught the eye with some neat passing, while full-backs Stephen O'Donnell and Aaron Sinclair were a constant threat going forward and Scott Fox turned in a good goalkeeping performance.

United may have had the clearer openings but Sinclair, Gary Fraser and Ross Forbes all went close with shots and John Baird had a header tipped over by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

"A draw was probably a fair result but I thought we could have nicked it at the end with John Baird's header," added Archibald.

"I thought we knocked the ball about really well.

"It's a big pitch and we used it, the full-backs got high up the park - we worked on that all pre-season and they were a credit.

"Scott Fox made a couple of good saves and our young centre-halves Aaron Muirhead and Conrad Balatoni were outstanding against David Goodwillie, who is a quality striker.

"The back four were brilliant as a unit, there wasn't a failure."

The home fans were calling for a penalty late in the game when Callum Butcher, already on a booking, appeared to leave the ground with both feet in an attempt to make a tackle.

"I've seen it again and I thought it was a penalty," said Archibald. "It was a bit of a two-footed lunge."

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