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Partick Thistle 2-0 Dundee

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Highlights: Partick Thistle 2-0 Dundee

Partick Thistle beat Dundee to secure their second win within a week in which they have moved off the bottom and into the Premiership's top six.

Callum Booth curled in the opener with a fine free-kick after 16 minutes after Darren O'Dea downed Kris Doolan.

Doolan pounced to score shortly before the break after goalkeeper Scott Bain could only block a Chris Erskine drive.

Dundee had more possession after the break, but they could not prevent Thistle leapfrogging them.

Thistle's second home league victory of the season ended Dundee's run of three wins in a row at Firhill.

Jags sting the Dees

The opening 15 minutes passed by without too much incident, but when Doolan tumbled to the ground on the edge of the visitors' 18-yard box, referee Alan Muir decided to award the home side a free-kick.

Despite the protests from Dundee captain O'Dea, the decision stood and Booth curled a left-foot shot around the defensive wall with Bain rooted to his goalline.

Thistle looked slick going forward and Erskine brought out a save from Bain as Alan Archibald's side continued to dominate.

A minute before the break, their advantage was doubled when Bain once again foiled Erskine, but on this occasion, Doolan followed up to knock the ball home.

Edwards pulls the strings

Extending the contract of Ryan Edwards until the end of next season is proving to be a shrewd piece of business by Thistle.

The 23-year-old once again was the dominant character for the Jags, leaving the Dundee midfield in his wake.

Ryan Edwards tussles with Paul McGowan
Edwards is fast becoming a firm favourite with the Firhill fans

His energy throughout the game was evident and his game-reading in being able to pick up second balls was a joy to watch.

By always making himself available, there was always a threat on the Dundee goal and his darting runs across the pitch brought the home support to their feet.

Dundee lacking punch

When any team loses the goalscoring prowess of players such as Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings without ready-made replacements, you know they are in trouble.

Manager Paul Hartley brought in Faissal El Bakhtaoui in the summer and Marcus Haber in October, but they have been unable to emulate the two departures.

Haber had two long-range headers in the second-half, but it was a fairly simple evening in Maryhill for home goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.

Only Kilmarnock have scored fewer goals this season than Dundee and, unless the strikers find their scoring boots quickly, another bottom-six spot, or even worse, could await the Dens Park side as they head towards 2017.

What the managers said

Partick Thistle's Alan Archibald: "Its good to look at the table. I have said before when we lost games don't be down about it and we wont get too high about it either.

"It gives us a massive incentive for the weekend against Kilmarnock. Another home game that we have to capitalise on.

"The two teams matched up with similar shapes and personnel. It can get a bit scrappy but we knew we had good creative players on the pitch with the bit of quality to give us goals. I thought we managed the game very well."

Dundee's Paul Hartley: "It's disappointing to lose the game in that manner. I didn't feel there was a lot in the game between both sides.

"I think the crucial part of the game was they took their chances and they punished us. Kosta [Kostadin Gadzhalov] makes the tackle [for the first goal] and wins the ball cleanly. We had that back at Celtic Park two weeks ago and also got punished so two good tackles, I think nowadays you just cant tackle. We ask defenders to stay on their feet but if they win the ball they win the ball.

"It's been difficult [scoring goals] but Haber has done well since coming in. He has been an excellent addition for us but we need everyone else helping."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 14ElliottBooked at 65mins
  • 15DevineBooked at 77mins
  • 5LindsaySubstituted forGordonat 45'minutes
  • 3BoothBooked at 75mins
  • 6OsmanBooked at 83mins
  • 13Barton
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forAzeezat 66'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 4WelshBooked at 90mins
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 7Amoo
  • 11Lawless
  • 16Azeez
  • 18Wilson
  • 20McDaid
  • 23Gordon
  • 35Stuckmann

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 16EtxabegurenSubstituted forLoyat 78'minutes
  • 6O'DeaBooked at 76mins
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 30Kerr
  • 4VincentSubstituted forEl Bakhtaouiat 58'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 7Hateley
  • 3Holt
  • 21HaberBooked at 81mins
  • 33Wighton

Substitutes

  • 9Loy
  • 11Williams
  • 12Mitchell
  • 17Ross
  • 20El Bakhtaoui
  • 27Curran
  • 55Gomis
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,758

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away1
Fouls
Home22
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Dundee 0.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Booking

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Tom Hateley (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Hand ball by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Kevin Holt (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle).

Attempt blocked. Rory Loy (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kevin Holt (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Attempt missed. Kostadin Gadzhalov (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Marcus Haber (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Booking

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

Cameron Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Booking

Marcus Haber (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcus Haber (Dundee).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Rory Loy replaces Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle).

Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Darren O'Dea (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic19181052133955
2Rangers2011632719839
3Aberdeen19104534191534
4Hearts2087538251331
5St Johnstone197752521428
6Partick Thistle205692429-521
7Motherwell195592432-820
8Ross County204882034-1420
9Dundee2054111828-1019
10Kilmarnock204791635-1919
11Hamilton2021082030-1016
12Inverness CT2037102437-1316
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