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Dundee United 0-2 Partick Thistle

By Jim SpenceBBC Sport

Partick Thistle ended a run of six matches without a victory by beating Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United at Tannadice.

Stephen O'Donnell's drive gave Thistle the lead.

And an own goal by Jaroslaw Fojut stretched their advantage before the half-time interval.

United could not claw their way back into the match and their winless run is extended to four matches, further denting their European hopes.

Saturday's victory ensures the men from Maryhill now have a seven point cushion over the three sides below them in the Premiership table.

If their recent poor run of form had hit confidence levels in the Partick camp, it did not show in the opening 45 minutes as they bossed it against Jackie McNamara's United.

Lyle Taylor and James Craigen drew decent saves from keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak before the goal their play deserved arrived 10 minutes before the break - and it was a beauty.

Stephen O'Donnell celebrates his goal
Stephen O'Donnell handed Partick Thistle the lead with a brilliant curling shot in the first half

Lyle Taylor played a key role with a delightful back-heel that allowed O'Donnell to jink inside from the right and curl a cracker past United goalkeeper Cierzniak from 20 yards.

Much to the disgust of the home fans, Thistle doubled their lead before half time.

A Partick corner caused panic in the home box and the ball took a touch off Ryan McGowan and then Fojut before it found its way beyond Cierzniak.

The two-goal lead was no more than the visitors deserved, with United having failed to test Paul Gallacher in the Partick goal.

Their best chance had fallen to Nadir Ciftci but the striker was unable to control and finish from just a few yards out.

The second half was a dour affair in drizzling rain, with little inventiveness and a series of injury stoppages punctuating play.

Stuart Bannigan almost made it three for Thistle, whipping a low shot just wide after the 70 minute mark.

The hosts never looked like scoring and even when Henri Anier was given a clear sight of the goal at the death, he blasted well over the bar from six yards out.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 2Dillon
  • 16McGowanBooked at 12mins
  • 5Fojut
  • 3Dixon
  • 6Paton
  • 21TelferSubstituted forAnierat 52'minutes
  • 24Spittal
  • 17ErskineSubstituted forBilateat 76'minutes
  • 18Dow
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 4Souttar
  • 8Rankin
  • 10Muirhead
  • 19Bilate
  • 22Connolly
  • 30Anier
  • 51Zwick

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Gallacher
  • 8Bannigan
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forMcDaidat 69'minutes
  • 11Lawless
  • 7Craigen
  • 18Osman
  • 14Elliott
  • 29TaylorSubstituted forDoolanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Booth
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Stevenson
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 28McDaid
  • 40Basalaj
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
6,517

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 0, Partick Thistle 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 0, Partick Thistle 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

  4. Post update

    Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Henri Anier (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Dow (Dundee United).

  9. Post update

    James Craigen (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Mario Bilate replaces Chris Erskine.

  14. Post update

    Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Sean Dillon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Kallum Higginbotham because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

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