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Partick Thistle 1-1 Dundee United

By Craig TurnbullBBC Scotland

Farid El Alagui's first goal for Dundee United was not enough to secure victory in a pulsating encounter against Partick Thistle at Firhill.

It was a mesmerising run from full-back Andrew Robertson that gave El Alagui a simple tap-in to open his account.

Before that, Thistle had hit the post through Conrad Balatoni and Lyle Taylor had dragged an effort wide.

But Gary Fraser eventually restored parity in the second half; firing low and hard into the bottom corner.

Both sides headed into the match on the back of unenviable form as United were without a win in six, while Thistle had not won in four, and the hosts are still in the relegation play-off place without a home win in the league this season, while the visitors missed the chance to go fourth.

The desperation and urgency for three points seemed to manifest itself throughout this encounter, with plenty of chances at both ends but not the conviction in front of goal to match.

Partick Thistle midfielder Fraser fizzed a shot towards the target from distance, but United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak parried to safety.

Thistle almost went ahead through an unlikely source in Balatoni, but his header drifted narrowly wide, before he then hit the post moments later.

The visitors had claims for a penalty waved away by referee William Collum when Stuart Armstrong appeared to be blocked by Jordan McMillan in the box.

That seemed to spur United into the action, and particularly Robertson, whose boundless energy, creativity and imagination caused Thistle numerous problems.

The full-back showed good skill; twisting and turning, before angling a shot that look destined for the bottom corner, which Paul Gallacher tipped round the post.

But Robertson was relentless and eventually his effort and desire was rewarded. Gary Mackay-Steven played the ball into the path of the full-back, and the 19-year-old took the ball 30 yards, skipping past Lee Mair, before cutting the ball back for El Alagui, who fired into the empty net for his first United goal.

Jackie McNamara's men could have extended the lead as El Alagui had two efforts saved by Gallacher, before Taylor dragged a shot wide at the other end, which brought an end to frenetic opening.

The second half continued in the same vein as incisive play between Mark Wilson, Mackay-Steven and Armstrong created another shooting chance, which the midfielder dragged wide from the edge of the area.

But Partick Thistle were never out the game and, although they did not fashion too many clear-cut chances, there was always the belief they could salvage something from this match, especially when substitute Kris Doolan almost stabbed home from close range.

However, Thistle's pressure finally paid off as Fraser fired into the bottom corner via a deflection to equalise for the hosts.

Alan Archibald's men continued to push for that elusive first home win of the season but United stood firm and took a share of the spoils after John Rankin drilled a late free kick wide.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 16McMillanSubstituted forO'Donnellat 58'minutes
  • 3Taylor-Sinclair
  • 22Fraser
  • 15Mair
  • 6Balatoni
  • 14Elliott
  • 10BuabenBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCraigenat 83'minutes
  • 21TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 23HigginbothamSubstituted forDoolanat 60'minutes
  • 8BanniganBooked at 30mins

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Muirhead
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Lawless
  • 17Moncur

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 16WilsonBooked at 61mins
  • 26Robertson
  • 8Rankin
  • 20Souttar
  • 3Good
  • 10ArmstrongSubstituted forDowat 79'minutes
  • 6Paton
  • 29El AlaguiSubstituted forGrahamat 66'minutes
  • 21CiftciSubstituted forGauldat 66'minutes
  • 11Mackay-Steven

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 9Graham
  • 12Watson
  • 18Dow
  • 19Gauld
  • 25McCallum
  • 27Gomis
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,748

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

    John Souttar (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Prince Buaben.

  11. Post update

    Brian Graham (Dundee United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lee Mair.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Ryan Dow replaces Stuart Armstrong.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul Paton.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 1. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Mackay-Steven.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23203056124463
2Aberdeen24143735221345
3Motherwell2314273430444
4Inverness CT2211472921837
5Dundee Utd2498740281235
6St Johnstone239593126532
7Hibernian2477102127-628
8Kilmarnock2575133041-1126
9St Mirren2466122440-1624
10Ross County2464142943-1422
11Partick Thistle25410112239-1722
12Hearts2555152244-225
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