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Motherwell 0-0 Partick Thistle

Motherwell prepared for the Premiership play-off final against Rangers with a goalless draw against Partick Thistle.

Gary Fraser's shot saved by Well goalkeeper Dan Twardzik was the best effort of the first half.

Kallum Higginbotham and Calum Booth threatened for the Jags after the break.

John Sutton had two chances for the hosts in the second half, having a free-kick saved then firing wide from a promising position.

Second-bottom Motherwell's place in the final had been confirmed last weekend but it was only shortly before kick-off in Lanarkshire that Rangers secured their place by beating Hibernian 2-1 on aggregate.

Steelmen boss Ian Baraclough made nine changes to his starting line-up ahead of Thursday's first leg, Simon Ramsden and Conor Grant the only two players to keep their place.

Josh Law and Gary Fraser
Josh Law (left) could face brother Nicky in Motherwell's play-off final against Rangers

Thistle boss Alan Archibald also took the opportunity to rest players and gave 20-year-old Jack Hendry his debut with former Tamworth defender Ben Richards-Everton also making his first start for the club.

The home side started the match on the front foot with a number of crosses into the box but failing to cause the Thistle defence too many problems.

The Jags' best effort in the first half came from Fraser who warmed the palms of Twardzik from 25 yards.

The match had a typical end-of-season feel with lots of endeavour but few clear cut opportunities.

Motherwell captain for the day Sutton was denied by Fox from 22 yards with the goalkeeper diving low to his left to block the set-piece effort.

And with the clock ticking towards full-time the home side passed up what proved to be the best chance of the game.

Craig Moore evaded the attention of the Jags defence and cut the ball back towards Sutton. The striker looked destined to score but was leaning back and fired his shot wide.

Baraclough's men will hope for better in their double-header against Rangers, as the Fir Park side seek to avoid relegation and extend their 28-year stay in Scotland's top flight.

Partick Thistle players
Thistle players take the acclaim of the travelling fans at full-time

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 12Twardzik
  • 38Watt
  • 45LaingSubstituted forLawat 63'minutes
  • 5RamsdenSubstituted forO'Brienat 57'minutes
  • 44Straker
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forLeitchat 45'minutes
  • 4Carswell
  • 47Grant
  • 26Thomas
  • 9Sutton
  • 22Moore

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 15O'Brien
  • 18Law
  • 19Erwin
  • 21Leitch
  • 24Johnson
  • 34Mackin

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 24Hendry
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 5Booth
  • 23WilsonSubstituted forCraigenat 77'minutes
  • 22Fraser
  • 8Bannigan
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 82'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes
  • 14Elliott

Substitutes

  • 7Craigen
  • 12Gallacher
  • 18Osman
  • 28McDaid
  • 29Taylor
  • 33McLaughlin
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,711

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 0, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 0, Partick Thistle 0.

Attempt saved. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jack Hendry (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Luke Watt.

Attempt blocked. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Neil McLaughlin replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces David Wilson.

Attempt missed. Craig Moore (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ben Richards-Everton (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Mark O'Brien (Motherwell).

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mark O'Brien.

Foul by Dom Thomas (Motherwell).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jack Leitch.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Lyle Taylor replaces Kris Doolan.

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

Attempt saved. John Sutton (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Craig Moore (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Jack Leitch (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Josh Law replaces Louis Laing.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dan Twardzik.

Attempt saved. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Mark O'Brien replaces Simon Ramsden.

Attempt missed. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Luke Watt.

Attempt saved. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37285479176289
2Aberdeen37236857322575
3Inverness CT371981052371565
4St Johnstone37159133334-154
5Dundee Utd37165165556-153
6Dundee371112144654-845
7Hamilton38158155053-353
8Partick Thistle381210164844446
9Ross County38128184663-1744
10Kilmarnock38118194459-1541
11Motherwell38106223863-2536
12St Mirren3893263066-3630
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