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Motherwell 0-0 Partick Thistle

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Fir Park

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 0, Partick Thistle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 0, Partick Thistle 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Luke Watt.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Neil McLaughlin replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces David Wilson.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mark O'Brien (Motherwell).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dom Thomas (Motherwell).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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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