Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 1-0 Motherwell

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Firhill
Steven Lawless
Partick Thistle won in the league for the first time in 2016

A late deflected strike by Steven Lawless secured a vital win for Partick Thistle in their bid to avoid being dragged into a relegation tussle.

The three points moved Thistle ahead of Motherwell, who would have cursed their luck at Lawless' injury-time goal.

For long enough the game had seemed certain to finish goalless, with both defences dogged.

Motherwell's best chance fell to Stephen McManus, whose header was cleared off the line by Gary Fraser.

The conditions set a challenge for the players. Sleet showers greeted them as they emerged for their warm-ups, and significant areas of the pitch were bare and heavily sanded due to the recent heavy rain.

Passes tended to be rushed in a crucial encounter, with both sides winless in the league in 2016 and aware that a continuation of that form would drag them closer to second-bottom Kilmarnock.

Louis Moult
Louis Moult is challenged by Christie Elliot

The early exchanges were promising, with Dan Seaborne meeting Stuart Bannigan's cross but seeing his header saved by Conor Ripley.

The flow of the game was routinely interrupted, though, with five players booked in the opening half.

There were flashes of attacking intent, with Scott McDonald and Marvin Johnson lively for the visitors and Lawless and Kris Doolan carrying a threat to the Motherwell defence.

The visitors managed a flurry of pressure before half-time and felt that Johnson was fouled in the area, but the referee Barry Cook waved play on.

Motherwell worked an opening for Stephen Pearson inside the area but his effort was deflected wide by Seaborne.

Thistle switched to a front two when Mathias Pogba came off the bench, and he carried a different type of threat to the Motherwell defence with his muscular presence. He managed to meet a Gary Miller cross with his head but the ball ended up on the roof of the net.

The breakthrough finally came when Thistle broke on the counter and Lawless saw his effort fly beyond the helpless Ripley via a deflection.


Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cerny
  • 2MillerBooked at 23mins
  • 13Frans
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 29mins
  • 5Booth
  • 8BanniganBooked at 35mins
  • 6OsmanBooked at 38mins
  • 11Lawless
  • 4WelshSubstituted forPogbaat 65'minutes
  • 14ElliottSubstituted forAmooat 72'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forFraserat 89'minutes


  • 7Amoo
  • 12Scully
  • 18Wilson
  • 19Edwards
  • 22Fraser
  • 27Nisbet
  • 99Pogba


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 32HallSubstituted forKennedyat 62'minutes
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 26CaddenSubstituted forAinsworthat 86'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 8PearsonBooked at 41mins
  • 11Johnson
  • 77McDonald
  • 20MoultSubstituted forGomisat 62'minutes


  • 7Ainsworth
  • 9Fletcher
  • 13Samson
  • 15Chalmers
  • 16Kennedy
  • 17Gomis
  • 23Thomas
Barry Cook

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamMotherwell
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Motherwell 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Motherwell 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gary Miller (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Motherwell 0. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Gary Fraser replaces Kris Doolan.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Chris Cadden.

  17. Post update

    Dangerous play by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  18. Post update

    Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Chris Cadden.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Morgaro Gomis (Motherwell).

As It Stood

4Ross County24103114037333
5St Johnstone229583634232
7Inverness CT237883032-229
8Partick Thistle237792228-628
12Dundee Utd2334162446-2213
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