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Partick Thistle 0-0 St Johnstone

By Clive LindsayBBC Sport at Firhill

St Johnstone avoided a sixth straight Scottish Premiership defeat but remain behind hosts Partick Thistle after grinding out a draw at Firhill.

The Glasgow side adapted better to difficult conditions created by the icy rain and strong winds in Glasgow.

But, without the injured Kallum Higginbotham, Thistle again lacked a creative spark in front of goal.

Saints had the best chance of the game only for Lee Croft to fire straight at goalkeeper Scott Fox.

It meant that the Perth side missed the opportunity to leapfrog their hosts.

However, Saints will probably be content to have extended their unbeaten run at Firhill to eight games since August 2008.

Despite playing both Brian Graham and James McFadden up front, they certainly appeared to have avoiding another league defeat as a priority in a season that is threatening to unravel.

Manager Tommy Wright was able to restore Frazer Wright to the heart of the defence and Chris Milllar to his midfield in place of Scott Brown and Gary Miller.

However, the return of the experienced pair struggled to change what has become a characteristically stodgy style of play.

St Johnstone and Partick Thistle players
Neither side could make the breakthrough at Firhill

The tactic of lumping long diagonal balls forward was doing little to help recent - and potentially creative - Saints signing McFadden escape from the anonymity that has shrouded the former Scotland striker for some years.

It did almost pay dividends, however, as the visitors looked intent on providing an early test for Thistle debutant Frederic Frans, who replaced the suspended Danny Seaborne.

Straight from kick-off, Dave Mackay's high ball forced a nervous header from the 6ft 4in Belgian and Graham fired into the side netting.

Thereafter, Thistle were the ones mastering the blustery conditions - and their opponents.

Bereft of Higginbotham, though, they once again failed to make the most of their studied build-up play.

Indeed, as the first half came to a close, it was Saints who came close as Croft raced clear only to fire lazily against the body of the advancing Fox.

Graham also unforgivably headed well wide when found in acres of space in front of goal by a Croft corner.

It was back to the same old routine after the break, with the Jags peppering the visitors' penalty box without fashioning a clear-cut chance.

Saints occasionally threatened on the break against a Thistle defence in which former Lierse man Frans had slotted in confidently.

In fact, it was they who came close to snatching an unlikely victory when Murray Davidson's header from a Simon Lappin header forced a goal-line save from Fox.


Partick Thistle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 16McMillanBooked at 89mins
  • 8Bannigan
  • 7Craigen
  • 18Osman
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forMcDaidat 86'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forEcclestonat 71'minutes
  • 14ElliottBooked at 78mins


  • 10Stevenson
  • 12Gallacher
  • 17Carroll
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
  • 26Lindsay
  • 28McDaid

St Johnstone

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 5Wright
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 22CroftBooked at 75minsSubstituted forWotherspoonat 78'minutes
  • 18Davidson
  • 7Millar
  • 4Lappin
  • 17McFaddenSubstituted forO'Halloranat 71'minutes
  • 14GrahamBooked at 44mins


  • 8McDonald
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 19Miller
  • 20Brown
  • 29O'Halloran
Calum Murray

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamSt Johnstone
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, St. Johnstone 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, St. Johnstone 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nathan Eccleston (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone).

  6. Post update

    Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  9. Booking

    Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

  13. Post update

    Brian Graham (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Steven Lawless.

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    Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  19. Post update

    Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).