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Dundee 3-0 Partick Thistle

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Highlights: Dundee 3-0 Partick Thistle

Two penalties from Sofien Moussa helped Dundee to a much needed win over bottom of the table Partick Thistle.

Thistle defender Danny Devine was culpable for both awards; bringing down Moussa in the first half, who rolled his effort into the bottom corner.

After Mark O'Hara made it two when he was first to the rebound following A-Jay Leitch-Smith's initial shot, Moussa again scored from the spot.

O'Hara forced a fine save from Tomas Cerny as Dundee threatened a fourth.

It would be a miserable game for Partick Thistle captain Devine.

The defender almost put through his own net in the early stages. Jon Aurtenetxe played a ball into the box from the left. Devine miscued his clearance and Thistle goalkeeper Cerny had to save well to stop his skipper from putting his side 1-0 down.

It would get worse for Devine. One on one with Moussa in the penalty area, Devine tripped the striker.

Despite having only one league goal to his name this season there were no signs of nerves from Moussa as he dispatched the ball into the bottom corner.

Dundee then doubled their lead with a quick break. Moussa played a ball down the wing for Faissal El Bakhtaoui which sliced the Thistle defence open. He slung a ball into the box from which Leitch-Smith forced a save from Cerny, but there was O'Hara to fire home from close range.

Just before half-time Ryan Edwards had an effort over the bar. The Glasgow side made an early switch from a back three to a back four, but they struggled to make an impression.

Sofien Moussa is brought down by Partick Thistle's Danny Devine
Sofien Moussa is brought down by Partick Thistle's Danny Devine for the first penalty of the match

At the start of the second half Moussa had a header go just wide of the post as Dundee looked to seal all three points.

They would make it 3-0, and it would come from Moussa again after Devine brought down Kerr, and despite his protests referee Greg Aitken pointed to the spot.

Moussa confidently stepped up and made no mistake.

It was almost a fourth soon after. This time Moussa the provider as he laid off a pass to O'Hara who smashed a fierce drive that flew narrowly wide of the post.

The midfielder would go close once more, this time powering a shot that look destined for the top corner but Cerny pulled off a great one handed save.

Substitute Scott Allan fired a long range effort just over the bar as Dundee looked to inflict even further pain on the visitors. A richly deserved win for the home side which moves them above Ross County into 10th.

Dundee's Mark O'Hara doubles the lead for his side
Dundee's Mark O'Hara doubled the lead for his side

Post-match reaction

Dundee manager Neil McCann: "Totally dominant performance I think. Partick changed their formation because we were well on top from the first whistle.

"It's brilliant, because that's the level back now to where they have been performing like.

"I thought we had some unbelievably good performances today, but overall the most pleasing factor for me was that we got a total team performance and a fantastic result to back that up."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "We didn't put enough into the game. I think some of our players thought they were just going to turn up and win today because we won on Wednesday night, but football is not like that.

"We were second to every ball and Dundee looked like they had more desire than us, certainly in the middle of the pitch.

"The goals we have given away are comedy stuff. It was the same last week at Kilmarnock and it was the same today, the two penalties give the referee a decision to make. I've not seen them back to see if it's a penalty or not, but we put him in a position to make a decision."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 2Kerr
  • 22Hendry
  • 24Meekings
  • 14O'HaraSubstituted forCurranat 89'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 8Kamara
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 7Leitch-Smith
  • 9MoussaBooked at 34minsSubstituted forHaberat 75'minutes
  • 20El BakhtaouiSubstituted forAllanat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Holt
  • 6O'Dea
  • 10Allan
  • 27Curran
  • 29Haber
  • 38Ferie
  • 46Henvey

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 5Keown
  • 4TurnbullBooked at 56mins
  • 15Devine
  • 16McGinn
  • 19Edwards
  • 13Barton
  • 37WoodsBooked at 16minsSubstituted forLawlessat 51'minutes
  • 7Spittal
  • 18SammonSubstituted forDoolanat 62'minutes
  • 39StoreySubstituted forErskineat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 10Erskine
  • 11Lawless
  • 12Scully
  • 17Nitriansky
  • 20Nisbet
  • 24McCarthy
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
5,101

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 3, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 3, Partick Thistle 0.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Aurtenetxe.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Dundee).

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

Attempt missed. Scott Allan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Jesse Curran replaces Mark O'Hara.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Aurtenetxe.

Foul by Aurtenetxe (Dundee).

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Mark O'Hara (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Scott Allan (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Marcus Haber replaces Sofien Moussa.

Attempt missed. Mark O'Hara (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Scott Allan replaces Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 3, Partick Thistle 0. Sofien Moussa (Dundee) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Dundee. Cammy Kerr draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Conor Sammon.

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jack Hendry.

Booking

Jordan Turnbull (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Partick Thistle).

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Martin Woods because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Sofien Moussa (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Sofien Moussa (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee 2, Partick Thistle 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Miles Storey.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic17125041113041
2Aberdeen19123432211139
3Rangers19113538231536
4Hibernian198652825330
5Hearts186661719-224
6St Johnstone187382027-724
7Motherwell187292426-223
8Kilmarnock195772226-422
9Hamilton195592732-520
10Dundee1953112029-918
11Ross County1944111931-1216
12Partick Thistle1835101634-1814
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