Scottish Championship
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Paul Watson double as Dundee United beat Partick Thistle 3-1

Paul Watson scores
Paul Watson (second from left) got off the mark early on against Partick Thistle

A double from Paul Watson and one from Craig Curran gave Dundee United their second Championship win of the season and consigned Partick Thistle to a second league defeat.

Watson converted Fraser Aird's cross for the opener and doubled United's lead in the second half when he tapped past Cammy Bell.

Aird set up Curran as Csaba Laszlo's side made sure of the win.

Thistle substitute Chris Erskine forced in a consolation in stoppage time.

The Jags had lost defender Thomas O'Ware to a knee injury after four minutes and Alan Archibald's side struggled to find their rhythm.

Pavol Safranko and Christoph Rabitsch could have added their names to the scoresheet but both were denied by Bell.

Post-match reaction

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo: "I have to congratulate the team. We looked like a team. We looked really like a unit and this takes time.

"For this reason, it is very important to win these kind of games. I am satisfied with the result."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "Defending set plays is a must in this league. We had an extra man in midfield and didn't use it. We had a couple of half chances but didn't take them.

"We'll be working on urgency and passing for the game ahead. We'll look to improve on getting more chances."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 34Rakovan
  • 2Murdoch
  • 44WatsonBooked at 63mins
  • 4Frans
  • 17RobsonBooked at 90mins
  • 20Rabitsch
  • 5Barton
  • 33AirdSubstituted forBoothat 89'minutes
  • 14Safranko
  • 90Loemba
  • 9CurranSubstituted forGlassat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Siegrist
  • 3Booth
  • 7McMullan
  • 16Smith
  • 22Wardrop
  • 24Edjenguele
  • 32Glass

Partick Thistle

  • 1Bell
  • 2Elliott
  • 4O'WareSubstituted forKeownat 6'minutes
  • 6McGinty
  • 15Melbourne
  • 3Penrice
  • 7Spittal
  • 17SlaterSubstituted forDoolanat 75'minutes
  • 11StorerBooked at 53minsSubstituted forErskineat 58'minutes
  • 18Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 19StoreyBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 5Keown
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Erskine
  • 20Wilson
  • 21Fitzpatrick
  • 23Sneddon
Referee:
David Munro
Attendance:
5,219

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 1.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 1. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Booking

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Declan Glass replaces Craig Curran.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Callum Booth replaces Fraser Aird.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 0. Craig Curran (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fraser Aird.

Fraser Aird (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 2, Partick Thistle 0. Paul Watson (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Yannick Loemba with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Craig Slater.

Attempt missed. Yannick Loemba (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Cammy Bell.

Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

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

Attempt saved. Craig Curran (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Paul Watson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Watson (Dundee United).

Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Christoph Rabitsch.

Attempt missed. James Penrice (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Adam Barton (Dundee United).

James Penrice (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jamie Robson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Jack Storer.

Attempt missed. Adam Barton (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Jack Storer (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Christoph Rabitsch (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Storer (Partick Thistle).

Delay in match James Penrice (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jack Storer (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee United 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dundee United 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Jack Storer (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yannick Loemba (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr32106157
2Morton32106337
3Dundee Utd32017526
4Ross County32015326
5Inverness CT31203215
6Queen of Sth31116424
7Partick Thistle310236-33
8Dunfermline310259-43
9Alloa301225-31
10Falkirk300316-50
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