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Partick Thistle 2-0 Hamilton Academical

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Highlights: Partick Thistle 2-0 Hamilton Academical

Kris Doolan came off the bench to score twice as Partick Thistle beat struggling Hamilton Academical to move into the Premiership's top six.

It was a first half to forget, with neither side managing a shot on target.

As the game opened up after the break Doolan nodded the home side ahead from close range, shortly after Danny Devine had been denied with a similar chance.

Then Doolan made it two with another header, this time getting to Callum Booth's cross.

With Ross County losing at home to St Johnstone, the result moved Thistle into sixth place, five points clear of Accies in the relegation play-off spot.

Cerny cherishes second century

With six of their seven previous meetings having ended all square, the opening exchanges indicated another tight affair in prospect. Neither side created a clear-cut chance during the first quarter of this fixture.

Hamilton goalkeeper Gary Woods dealt with a cross from the right with a powerful punch clear, while Tomas Cerny at the other end only dirtied his gloves by fielding a headed pass-back from Devine.

This was Cerny's 200th appearance in Scottish football and by coincidence it came in a fixture between the two teams with whom he acquired that total.

Having never been on the losing side in fixtures between the two, he was keen to maintain that trend.

However, his goal was threatened five minutes before the interval when Michael Devlin sent a glancing header wide of his right-hand post after connecting with a Danny Redmond corner kick from the right.

Not so thrilling

They talk about "Firhill for thrills" but that phrase was furthest from the mind after the first half. While there was plenty of endeavour, there was no end product.

Early in the second half Eamonn Brophy got his head to a Redmond cross but it flew wide of the target.

Brophy got closer with his next effort. This time he got beyond Liam Lindsay before firing in a low shot, but Cerny was alert to the danger and stretched well to turn the effort round the post.

Thistle should have opened the scoring through Lindsay when he blasted over from four yards when Woods parried a Devine header into his path.

Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan
Kris Doolan celebrates his second goal

Doolan at the double

Midway through the second half the home side made the breakthrough. Substitutes Chris Erskine and Doolan combined as the latter rose at the back post to head home the former's cross from the left.

And Thistle doubled their lead when Booth's cross was perfect for Doolan to dispatch another header beyond the reach of Woods.

Thistle have now gone 11 games unbeaten against Accies, and while Alan Archibald's men rise up to the top half of the table, the visitors are left in the thick of a relegation battle.

Post-match reaction

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "It was a massive game and a massive three points. There wasn't a lot of good football on show, I think because of the size of the game and what was at stake.

"It is a boost (being in the top six). We don't harp on about it too much, I think the last time it lasted three days. I said to the lads we've nine huge games before the split, lets win the home ones and see where it takes us, we've done that today and hopefully we can build on it."

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning: "We were probably the better team for parts of the first half. We forced Thistle into changing their shape. In the second half you can clear see we tired which was going to happen given how stretched the squad is. When you've got a squad our size and you've got seven or eight bodies out it's going to take its toll.

"It's still all to play for, it's still a tight league, but it's going to be a grind."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 15Devine
  • 5Lindsay
  • 3Booth
  • 13Barton
  • 6Osman
  • 7AmooSubstituted forDoolanat 46'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 11LawlessBooked at 81mins
  • 16AzeezSubstituted forErskineat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 10Erskine
  • 17Keown
  • 27Nisbet
  • 30McCarthy
  • 35Ridgers

Hamilton

  • 34Woods
  • 3SkondrasBooked at 76mins
  • 4DevlinBooked at 61mins
  • 16WatsonBooked at 64mins
  • 23McMann
  • 21DonatiSubstituted forKurtajat 75'minutes
  • 10RedmondSubstituted forGillespieat 65'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 15Bingham
  • 20BrophySubstituted forAdamsat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Matthews
  • 2Seaborne
  • 6Gillespie
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 28Cunningham
  • 30Boyd
  • 39Adams
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,057

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Attempt missed. Blair Adams (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum Booth.

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Blair Adams replaces Eamonn Brophy.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Gramoz Kurtaj replaces Massimo Donati.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Erskine.

Attempt missed. Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Grant Gillespie replaces Daniel Redmond.

Booking

Craig Watson (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Watson (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Adebayo Azeez.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic25241067165173
2Aberdeen24144647222546
3Rangers2412753226643
4Hearts25108746321438
5St Johnstone2510783331237
6Partick Thistle2568112632-626
7Kilmarnock2451092139-1825
8Dundee2466122434-1024
9Ross County2559112844-1624
10Motherwell2566132948-1924
11Hamilton25312102537-1221
12Inverness CT25310122946-1719
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