Scottish Premiership
St JohnstoneSt Johnstone1Partick ThistlePartick Thistle2

St Johnstone 1-2 Partick Thistle

By Scott DavieBBC Scotland at McDiarmid Park
Thistle celebrate Gary Miller's opening goal
Gary Miller (right) opened the scoring

Stunning first-half strikes from distance by Gary Miller and Steven Lawless made it two wins on the bounce for Partick Thistle.

Thistle failed to register a victory in their first 10 matches this season but certainly did not look short of confidence against St Johnstone.

Steven MacLean pulled one back from close range after the break.

But the Jags held on despite seeing out the dying stages with 10 men after captain Abul Osman was sent off.

Thistle looked like they could not buy a goal for most of this season and now it looks like they cannot stop scoring them.

A 3-0 win over Dundee United last time out actually doubled their tally for the season and brought a first win in 11 attempts.

The confidence gained from that result and performance was evident as the Jags played some attractive football and looked the more dangerous side for long spells.

That in itself was quite an achievement against a St Johnstone side in a rich vein of form coming into the match with the boost of manager Tommy Wright committing his long-term future to the club.

They initially looked a pale shadow of the side that took Aberdeen apart last time out, but the credit for that has to go to Alan Archibald's players in general and Miller in particular.

The full-back was handed a chance to face his former club because Mustapha Dumbuya was laid low by illness and he certainly made the most of the opportunity.

Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless (right) scored in Perth
Steven Lawless (right) scored Thistle's second goal at McDiarmid Park

His use of the ball was excellent going forward and never better than when he blasted his team into the lead in 28 minutes with a belter of a volley from 25 yards.

Saints probably feared as much when they saw his name on the team sheet, but it was still a stunning strike from someone who only scored once in three years at Perth.

Not that we had to wait for another marvellous goal as the lively Lawless lashed in a second from distance only six minutes later as reward for a fine first-half performance.

In response, the home side passed up a couple of half chances, while goalkeeper Tomas Cerny had to move sharply to push away a Dave MacKay curling free kick. That apart, Thistle defended diligently.

Until 49 minutes that is, when they allowed MacLean the freedom of the six-yard box to head in a Graham Cummins cross from the left for his ninth goal of the season.

Michael O'Halloran's introduction at the interval had certainly helped increase the home side's intensity and only a great Tomas Cerny save denied Liam Craig an equaliser.

Cummins then had a chance with a back-post header with nine minutes to go, but Cerny scurried across his goal to claw the ball away.

Miller then made a crucial tackle to deny MacLean a second goal after the striker had already rounded Cerny.

Osman was sent off for a second yellow card, having been cautioned for a foul in 66 minutes then walking after being booked for deliberate hand ball at the edge of the penalty area.

He now misses next week's visit from Hamilton Academical, when Archibald's side will look to continue their revival with a third straight league win.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 2Mackay
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24Easton
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forCaddisat 76'minutes
  • 8Davidson
  • 4LappinSubstituted forO'Halloranat 45'minutes
  • 26Craig
  • 9MacLean
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forSuttonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Anderson
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 16Caddis
  • 22Fisher
  • 25Kane
  • 29O'Halloran

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Miller
  • 17Lindsay
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 11mins
  • 5Booth
  • 7AmooSubstituted forFransat 87'minutes
  • 4Welsh
  • 6OsmanBooked at 86mins
  • 8BanniganBooked at 64mins
  • 11Lawless
  • 99PogbaSubstituted forDoolanat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 10Stevenson
  • 12Scully
  • 13Frans
  • 18Wilson
  • 19Edwards
  • 23Muirhead
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,414

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by John Sutton (St. Johnstone).

  4. Post update

    Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Foul by David Mackay (St. Johnstone).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Gary Miller (Partick Thistle).

  9. Post update

    Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Frederic Frans replaces David Amoo.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) for hand ball.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. John Sutton replaces Graham Cummins.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Gary Miller.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

  20. Post update

    David Amoo (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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