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Partick Thistle 3-0 Dundee United

By John BarnesBBC Scotland at Firhill
David Amoo headed Partick Thistle in front
David Amoo headed Partick Thistle in front in the first half

Partick Thistle leapfrogged Dundee United at the foot of the table with an impressive win at Firhill.

David Amoo headed in Callum Booth's deflected cross in the first half and Sean Welsh had a fine free-kick saved.

Daniel Seaborne and United's Scott Fraser hit the woodwork, but Mustapha Dumbuya's cross come shot made it two.

Thistle kept going forward for more as the visitors' confidence evaporated, and Stuart Bannigan added a third with a curling shot.

It was an excellent performance by Thistle and the result will have eased some of the pressure on manager Alan Archibald, whose position was coming under more scrutiny following the sacking of Jackie McNamara by United last weekend.

Thistle had only scored three goals this season in their previous 10 matches, but they comfortably doubled their tally.

Mathias Pogba had an early chance to claim his first goal for Thistle when he latched onto a corner kick at the back post six yards out, but he blasted his volley high over.

Of the Thistle starting line-up, only Amoo had scored this season and he claimed his second of the campaign to give the home side the lead.

A sweeping move down the left ended with Booth's cross deflected high inside the six yard box. Just when you thought it was one for United goalkeeper Luis Zwick to take comfortably, he was out jumped by Amoo who headed in from three yards.

United came close to an equaliser a few minutes later. Ryan Dow fired in a powerful right foot strike which was superbly saved by Tomas Cerny stretching to his right to turn it wide.

Partick Thistle's Mustapha Dumbuya (left) and Stuart Bannigan
Partick Thistle's Mustapha Dumbuya (left) and Stuart Bannigan both scored in the second half

Amoo should have added a second following a swift counter attacking move, but Zwick was up to the task this time by blocking the Thistle player's shot with his legs.

The United goalkeeper produced an even better save from Sean Welsh's 25-yard free-kick, touching it round the post.

From the resultant corner, Danny Seaborne's header hit the crossbar and bounced off the back of the leg of Zwick to trundle wide.

At the other end, the visitors also hit the woodwork with Scott Fraser's left foot volley from just outside the penalty area clattering back off Cerny's right hand post.

Thistle started the second half the way they finished the first and increased their lead courtesy of Dumbaya with a touch of good fortune.

The Sierra Leone international's intended low cross from the right eluded team mate Steven Lawless who tried to flick it, but the ball crept in at the back post beyond Zwick.

The Tannadice side were rarely seen as an attacking force in the second half and it was no surprise when Bannigan added a third for Thistle with a low right foot shot from a Pogba cross.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 15Dumbuya
  • 17LindsayBooked at 34mins
  • 3Seaborne
  • 5Booth
  • 6Osman
  • 8BanniganBooked at 86mins
  • 7AmooSubstituted forWilsonat 78'minutes
  • 4Welsh
  • 11LawlessBooked at 40minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 87'minutes
  • 99PogbaSubstituted forDoolanat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Miller
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Stevenson
  • 12Scully
  • 18Wilson
  • 19Edwards
  • 27Nisbet

Dundee Utd

  • 51Zwick
  • 12McGowanBooked at 75mins
  • 5MorrisSubstituted forDonaldsonat 7'minutes
  • 2Dillon
  • 24SparkSubstituted forConnollyat 62'minutes
  • 4Souttar
  • 8Rankin
  • 20Spittal
  • 22Fraser
  • 14Dow
  • 30BodulSubstituted forMurrayat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 15Murray
  • 16Telfer
  • 18Connolly
  • 21Szromnik
  • 27Coote
  • 28Donaldson
  • 29Taggart
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,675

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 3, Dundee United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 3, Dundee United 0.

  3. Booking

    Simon Murray (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Tomás Cerny (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Edwards replaces Steven Lawless.

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mustapha Dumbuya.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Mathias Pogba.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by John Rankin.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces David Amoo.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Booking

    Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).