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Partick Thistle 1-2 Dundee United: Robbie Neilson claims maiden win

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Pavol Safranko celebrates putting Dundee United 2-0 up

Robbie Neilson began his tenure as Dundee United manager with a perfunctory win over Partick Thistle.

Goals either side of the interval by Fraser Aird and Pavel Safranko ensured United stay fourth, five adrift of leaders Ayr United.

Jai Quitongo did roll a cute finish past Ben Siegrist to haul managerless Thistle back into the contest.

But a dominant United held on to record a victory.

It was their first in three Championship games and would have been more handsome had it not been for goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

The former United custodian saved the Firhill side from a more chastening reverse by thwarting Callum Booth, Frederic Frans, and Safranko with fine stops.

He was helpless when Aird volleyed past him to conclude an incisive move, but might have done better than redirect a Paul McMullan effort into Safranko's path for the second.

United also hit a post through McMullan and Safranko had a header ruled out as former Hearts boss Neilson ended his first week in charge with a win.

'The atmosphere has changed' - reaction

Partick Thistle caretaker manager Gerry Britton told BBC Scotland: "We showed the way we played and the attacking intent we showed that when we play on the front foot we can put teams under pressure.

"The disappointing thing is why it's only the last 30 minutes that we do that. Why are we not doing that from the first whistle?

"We have identified a number of strong candidates and we would like to hope, all going well, in an ideal world we would have a new manager in the dugout for next Saturday."

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson said: "I couldn't have asked anymore. I thought the players and the fans were brilliant. Let's hope this is the start of some good things.

"I thought the first 60 minutes we were in total control but then Partick had the impetus as we started to tire.

"It's a great dressing room in there now. The atmosphere has changed."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Bell
  • 2Elliott
  • 5Keown
  • 6McGinty
  • 3PenriceBooked at 73mins
  • 17SlaterBooked at 24mins
  • 8BanniganBooked at 86mins
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forMcCarthyat 48'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 10Erskine
  • 19StoreySubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 72'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forQuitongoat 57'minutesBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 15Melbourne
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 20Wilson
  • 23Sneddon
  • 33Quitongo
  • 39Ntambwe

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44Watson
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 4Frans
  • 3Booth
  • 33AirdSubstituted forCurranat 79'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 12Stanton
  • 8FyvieSubstituted forBartonat 73'minutes
  • 11KingSubstituted forClarkat 63'minutes
  • 7McMullan
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 5Barton
  • 9Curran
  • 10Clark
  • 17Robson
  • 20Rabitsch
  • 34Rakovan
  • 90Loemba
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,087

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 2.

Hand ball by Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle).

Attempt blocked. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Craig Curran.

Attempt blocked. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul Watson.

James Penrice (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

Booking

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul McMullan.

Attempt blocked. Craig Slater (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Paul McMullan.

Booking

Craig Curran (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Curran (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Craig Curran replaces Fraser Aird.

Booking

Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle).

Callum Booth (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 2. Jai Quitongo (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Erskine.

Andrew McCarthy (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Barton (Dundee United).

Jai Quitongo (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United).

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

Foul by Fraser Aird (Dundee United).

Booking

James Penrice (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Penrice (Partick Thistle).

Fraser Aird (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Adam Barton replaces Fraser Fyvie.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces Miles Storey.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Andrew McCarthy.

Attempt blocked. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Christie Elliott.

Foul by Sean McGinty (Partick Thistle).

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jai Quitongo (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr8611189919
2Ross County85211441017
3Inverness CT8350105514
4Dundee Utd94231415-114
5Dunfermline8323913-411
6Queen of Sth82421610610
7Morton82421012-210
8Partick Thistle93061016-69
9Alloa8044613-74
10Falkirk8107515-103
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