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Inverness CT 0-0 Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless applauds the fans after the game
Thistle will be happier with the point

Neither Inverness Caledonian Thistle nor Partick Thistle could make a breakthrough with both still searching for their first victory of the season.

Steven Lawless came closest for the visitors with a confident drive just after an hour that Owain Fon Williams superbly touched on to the bar.

The main threat from the hosts came from Danny Williams, who twice went close with rising drives.

But, despite both sides pushing for a winner, the game ended in stalemate.

Inverness have only one goal in three games, Thistle none, which suggest firepower may be an issue, although both sides will feel they had chances to win this game.

John Hughes' side have been weakened by injury and again didn't name a full complement of substitutes.

The main impact of that is an almost unrecognisable back four from last season, although they stood firm in the end.

It was makeshift centre half Ross Draper who had the first opportunity.

Greg Tansey released Danny Williams on the left, the ball was recycled, Draper thrust from deep, got on the end of a one two and just couldn't find the finish as Tomas Cerny advanced to snuff out the danger.

It was competitive and fairly even throughout, but the visitors came very close to an opener midway through the first half.

Lawless did well on the left, his ball across just evaded David Amoo, Sean Welsh arrived at the back post, but his header skimmed the crossbar and over.

Welsh then found space in a central area, drove into space and lashed one a few yards over the bar.

Alan Archibald's side were hampered by the loss of new striker Mathias Pogba through injury early on.

Caley Thistle's Ryan Christie is held off by Thistle's Liam Lindsay
Ryan Christie was unable to unlock a Thistle defence featuring young defender Liam Lindsay

His replacement, Kris Doolan, fired a fierce low effort from distance that Fon Williams touched round the post.

At the opposite end, Dani Lopez is a striker who needs a break of some sort.

It's arguable he's not getting the service, but the ball doesn't seem to stick and the support remain to be convinced at this early stage.

Meanwhile, Caley Thistle had Fon Williams to thank as Fon Williams superbly touched a Lawless shot on to the bar and away.

The game ebbed and flowed with both sides generating pressure but just lacking that clinical edge to convert.

Williams came within a whisker of scoring for Inverness when he seized on Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo's blocked shot and fired marginally wide.

New home signing Iain Vigurs almost made an immediate impact form the bench. His long-range free kick arrowed low towards Cerny's right-hand post, but the goalkeeper did well divert it away.

Williams again went close, and perhaps should have done better, when Ryan Christie released him, but the midfielder, playing left back, hesitated slightly then had his effort blocked by Cerny.

Mbuyi Mutombo almost stole the points right the end when he got round Cerny, but a Thistle defender came across and nodded clear as a goal looked increasingly likely.

Goals win games and, for both sides, finding the net is proving problematic.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2Raven
  • 14Devine
  • 8Draper
  • 19Williams
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 16TanseyBooked at 63mins
  • 20Polworth
  • 17HornerSubstituted forVigursat 64'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 22Christie
  • 7Lopez Robles

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 3Tremarco
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 27Vigurs
  • 34Brown
  • 37Sutherland

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Miller
  • 13Frans
  • 17Lindsay
  • 5Booth
  • 11Lawless
  • 6OsmanBooked at 34mins
  • 8BanniganBooked at 48mins
  • 4Welsh
  • 7AmooSubstituted forWilsonat 76'minutes
  • 99PogbaSubstituted forDoolanat 18'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Seaborne
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Stevenson
  • 12Scully
  • 18Wilson
  • 19Hendry
  • 22Fraser
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
3,141

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home5
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Partick Thistle 0.

Danny Devine (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

Gary Miller (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dani López (Inverness CT).

Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Danny Williams.

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

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

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dani López (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces David Amoo.

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Iain Vigurs replaces Lewis Horner.

Booking

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Dani López (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dani López (Inverness CT).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Horner (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts33008449
2Celtic32106247
3Aberdeen22003036
4Dundee31117434
5Dundee Utd31114314
6Ross County31113304
7Motherwell310214-33
8St Johnstone302156-12
9Inverness CT302112-12
10Partick Thistle302102-22
11Hamilton201102-21
12Kilmarnock301228-61
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