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Partick Thistle 0-1 St Mirren

By Colin MoffatBBC Scotland

James Dayton scored early on his debut as St Mirren held on for a precious Premiership victory at Firhill.

The on-loan Oldham winger shot the visitors ahead on six minutes and Gary Teale's men were seldom troubled as they doggedly defended their lead.

In a dreadfully scrappy game, Partick Thistle dominated possession but lacked the imagination to break down opponents who were happy to sit deep.

The win lifts St Mirren above Motherwell to 10th spot in the table.

The Paisley side are now one point clear of the play-off place and seven better off than bottom side Ross County, although the teams below them have games in hand.

It is the second time St Mirren have won in the west end of Glasgow this season and this success was built on a solid performance from the back four, keeping their first clean sheet of the campaign.

The visitors, with captain Steven Thompson back after hernia surgery to lead the attack, started strongly, winning a couple of corners.

And from the second of those set-pieces the Buddies went ahead as a defensive header fell to Dayton in the penalty box and his scuffed shot from 16 yards found the bottom corner of the net.

Stung by the early goal, the home side began to dictate play, without creating too many clear openings.

The scores should have been level when Callum Booth, making his first Jags appearance after a loan switch from Hibs, delivered a fantastic curling cross from the left. Ryan Stevenson just had to get a touch right in front of goal but was a fraction out with the timing of his attempted header.

St Mirren kept a clean sheet for the first time in 31 matches
St Mirren kept a clean sheet for the first time in 31 matches

Kallum Higginbotham gathered the loose ball to tee up Stephen O'Donnell and the full-back's thumping strike was pushed away by Mark Ridgers.

St Mirren immediately launched a counter-attack, with full-back Jeroen Tesselaar carrying the ball all the way to the edge of the opponents' penalty area before laying it off for Kenny McLean to drag a shot wide.

Thistle were pressing again early in the second half but Ridgers had no trouble dealing with weak efforts from Steven Lawless and Higginbotham, while O'Donnell and Stevenson lashed efforts off target.

Alan Archibald's team had scored seven in their previous two outings but gave their support nothing to cheer in the final half hour as St Mirren central defenders Jim Goodwin and Marc McAusland coped comfortably with a succession of high, hopeful balls.

The visitors threatened from a late corner as Stevie Mallan's delivery was allowed to land in a busy penalty area and bounced an inch over so over the head of McAusland, with the home defence posted missing, but it had rarely looked like a second goal was necessary.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 5Booth
  • 18OsmanBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMcDaidat 74'minutes
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11LawlessBooked at 53mins
  • 10Stevenson
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forFraserat 63'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forEcclestonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 7Craigen
  • 19Eccleston
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 28McDaid
  • 30Keenan

St Mirren

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAusland
  • 6Goodwin
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 7McGinnBooked at 69mins
  • 13OsbourneSubstituted forKellyat 63'minutes
  • 31MallanBooked at 54mins
  • 17DaytonSubstituted forMclearat 70'minutes
  • 8McLean
  • 9ThompsonSubstituted forWyldeat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 11Wylde
  • 14Reilly
  • 16Ball
  • 28Kello
  • 30Baird
  • 32Mclear
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
3,864

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, St. Mirren 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, St. Mirren 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gregg Wylde.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Steven Thompson.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Nathan Eccleston replaces Kris Doolan.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the left.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Abdul Osman.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

  14. Post update

    Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Lewis Mclear replaces James Dayton because of an injury.

  17. Booking

    John McGinn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic22163343123151
2Aberdeen23153537211648
3Inverness CT23152634211347
4Dundee Utd23143646301645
5Hamilton2412393831739
6St Johnstone23103102024-433
7Dundee248883637-132
8Kilmarnock2384112330-728
9Partick Thistle2367103228425
10St Mirren2553172041-2118
11Motherwell2352161545-3017
12Ross County2225152044-2411
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