Scottish Premiership
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Scottish Premiership: Dundee 1-1 Partick Thistle

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Dens Park
Partick Thistle ace Gary Fraser (2nd right) celebrates after giving his side the lead against Dundee.
Partick Thistle ace Gary Fraser (2nd right) celebrates after giving his side the lead against Dundee.

An initially lacklustre Dundee fought back to draw against Partick Thistle, but missed a penalty in the process.

Gary Fraser's 20-yard strike found the top left corner to give the Jags an early lead but Craig Wighton rolled in a nice equaliser after the break.

Thistle's Danny Seaborne conceded the penalty on the hour-mark and goalkeeper Scott Fox was sent off in the aftermath following a tussle with Paul McGowan.

However, sub goalkeeper Paul Gallacher saved Gary Harkins' spot-kick.

So a great chance missed by Paul Hartley's men to get their first Premiership win, but Alan Archibald's Thistle deserved their point on their excellent first-half showing alone.

Eager not to lose momentum from their impressive victory over Ross County on Wednesday, Thistle quickly made a bee-line for the Dundee goal.

Scotland under-21 international Bannigan had already missed, criminally, with a header from six yards before Fraser silenced the home support.

The former Bolton midfielder picked up from where he left off after hitting the net midweek.

Here, the 20-year-old collected the ball from Steven Lawless 20-yards out and smashed the ball high into the top left corner, leaving Letheren with no chance.

James McPake crucially blocked another Jags chance and the visitors continued to come forward despite the loss of left-back Jordan McMillan to injury.

The foot of Welsh 'keeper Letheren denied Bannigan following a bit of dithering by Paul McGinn.

Dundee struggled to create, Peter MacDonald going closest with a free-kick, as frustration grew on and off the Dens Park pitch.

On it, home midfielder Paul McGowan got nutmegged by Jags right-back Stephen O'Donnell and the former St Mirren man was not happy.

Dundee's Craig Wighton (2nd left) is hoisted into the air as he celebrates his equaliser.
Dundee's Craig Wighton (2nd left) is hoisted into the air as he celebrates his equaliser.

Off it, the Dark Blues fans were able to count on one finger the amount of clear chances they had created, and boos rang out when referee Craig Charleston blew the half-time whistle.

The introduction of 17-year-old Craig Wighton soon changed that.

Jim McAlister burrowed through a few challenges on the edge of the box and Dundee-born Wighton kept his cool to roll the ball past on-rushing keeper Fox.

Then it all kicked off.

At a set-piece, Thistle defender Seaborne brought down McPake in the box for a penalty. But in the fall-out, Fox tussled with McGowan and referee Charleston saw enough to dismiss the goalkeeper.

Substitute keeper Gallacher immediately made himself a hero by saving Harkins' penalty with his trailing leg.

Peter MacDonald and McGowan both went close to winning it for Dundee but the draw was a fair result.

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Letheren
  • 19McGinn
  • 3DyerSubstituted forIrvineat 45+2'minutes
  • 20McAlister
  • 5McPake
  • 4Konrad
  • 11Ferry
  • 29HarkinsSubstituted forBoyleat 78'minutes
  • 9MacDonald
  • 21TankulicSubstituted forWightonat 45'minutes
  • 18McGowan

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 6Davidson
  • 12Bain
  • 15Stewart
  • 17Benedictus
  • 23Boyle
  • 33Wighton

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1FoxBooked at 61mins
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 16McMillanBooked at 15minsSubstituted forKeenanat 15'minutes
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forElliottat 69'minutes
  • 6BalatoniBooked at 59mins
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 60mins
  • 18Osman
  • 22Fraser
  • 10Stevenson
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forGallacherat 62'minutes
  • 8Bannigan

Substitutes

  • 5Muirhead
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 28Duggan
  • 30Keenan
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
6,453

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Partick Thistle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Partick Thistle 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Christie Elliott.

  4. Post update

    Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  7. Post update

    Gary Irvine (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dale Keenan (Partick Thistle).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McPake (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Martin Boyle replaces Gary Harkins.

  12. Post update

    Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  18. Post update

    Gary Irvine (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

  20. Post update

    Penalty saved! Gary Harkins (Dundee) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.