Scottish Premiership
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By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Firhill

Partick Thistle's top-six hopes were dented and Kilmarnock's relegation fears heightened with a goal-less Scottish Premiership draw at Firhill.

New Killie signing Miles Addison almost marked his debut with a goal but the post kept out his header.

Kris Boyd had a tap-in ruled out for offside straight after the break before Mathias Pogba's angled drive was also chalked off.

And Boyd blasted a great chance over the crossbar with 15 minutes remaining.

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The Ayrshire side's advantage over bottom side Dundee United is reduced to five points, with the Tangerines winning away to St Johnstone and also having a game in hand against Thistle in midweek.

Killie manager Lee Clark said pre-match that he would be taking a "calculated risk" by starting Addison at the centre of defence when the Englishman was not 100% match fit, but the gamble almost paid off immediately.

Julien Faubert's fourth-minute free-kick found the ex-Peterborough man at the back post and he met it with a header that cracked off Tomas Cerny's near post.

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark
Appointed in mid-February, Clark is still looking for his first win as Kilmarnock manager

Fresh from signing a new one-year contract, Australian midfielder Ryan Edwards blasted Thistle's first opportunity way over as the Jags tried to respond to the early pressure from their visitors.

Freddie Frans - the Belgian centre-half that Thistle boss Alan Archibald said was pleased to be back "home" in Glasgow after being in his native country when the bombings happened last month - headed high above the target from Sean Welsh's corner.

Kilmarnock had two former Jags in their starting line-up in the shape of Conrad Balatoni and Kallum Higginbotham, and the home fans certainly made them as uncomfortable as possible by booing most of their touches.

Thanks largely to the industry and flair of David Amoo down the right-hand side, Thistle began to take control.

The former Carlisle winger tormented Lee Hodson and on one occasion delivered an inviting cross that Pogba could only nod wide of Jamie MacDonald's upright.

Both teams had a goal disallowed for offside at the start of the second half - Boyd disappointed for Killie after Rory McKenzie's header hit the bar, while Pogba was left deflated for the hosts.

Thistle would have been ahead had Edwards' close-range effort not been blocked; then Callum Booth - who has played every minute of competitive action for the Jags this season - watched his shot get deflected over.

Boyd, known as a clinical finisher throughout his career, spurned a brilliant chance to win the match for Killie when he ballooned Josh Magennis's cut-back over from eight yards.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2MillerBooked at 90mins
  • 13Frans
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 90mins
  • 5Booth
  • 7AmooSubstituted forElliottat 82'minutes
  • 19EdwardsSubstituted forFraserat 57'minutes
  • 6OsmanBooked at 84mins
  • 4Welsh
  • 11Lawless
  • 99PogbaSubstituted forDoolanat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 12Scully
  • 14Elliott
  • 15Dumbuya
  • 16Nesbitt
  • 22Fraser
  • 27Nisbet

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 27Hodson
  • 26Balatoni
  • 4Addison
  • 14O'Hara
  • 23Kiltie
  • 29Dicker
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forFrizzellat 79'minutes
  • 36Faubert
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forMagennisat 64'minutes
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 5Findlay
  • 8Henshall
  • 13Brennan
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 19Slater
  • 28Magennis
  • 39Frizzell
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,359

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Miles Addison (Kilmarnock).

  5. Booking

    Gary Miller (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gary Miller (Partick Thistle).

  7. Post update

    Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Booking

    Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Booking

    Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  18. Post update

    Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  20. Post update

    Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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