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Partick Thistle 1-2 Dundee United: Visitors fight back to win at Firhill

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Goals: Partick Thistle 1-2 Dundee Utd

Dundee United maintained their 100% start to the Scottish Championship season by coming from behind to beat Partick Thistle.

After a week of speculation about their financial health, hosts Thistle edged ahead when Steven Saunders planted in a header from Cammy Palmer's deep cross.

But United levelled after the break through Lawrence Shankland's miss-hit shot - his seventh goal of the season.

And substitute Peter Pawlett forced in after a handsome move to seal the win.

The outcome was perhaps harsh on Thistle, who seized upon the poverty of United's defending to force two excellent saves from Benjamin Siegrist.

However, Championship favourites United drew upon their attacking talent to consolidate their early place at the summit of the division.

Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell: "We were excellent in the first half and got ourselves in front and second half it was disappointing how we played in sitting off the game a little bit and allowed them back into the game.

"We allowed too many gaps. We didn't mark in the box and we got punished for that. We lacked a little bit of bravery or a little bit of desire. We need to keep working on stepping forward and imposing our style on the game."

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "I actually thought we started the game all right. We passed the ball about and had a couple of chances. We gave away a very sloppy goal. That allowed Partick to sit in then I thought we answered a lot of questions at half-time.

"People were maybe looking at us saying, 'are we going to crumble or come out fighting?' And I think in the end we got the result we deserved."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Sneddon
  • 2Williamson
  • 43Saunders
  • 6McGinty
  • 3Penrice
  • 8Bannigan
  • 16PalmerSubstituted forDe Vitaat 71'minutes
  • 7Cardle
  • 9Miller
  • 15RobsonSubstituted forMansellat 71'minutes
  • 10JonesSubstituted forGordonat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Ware
  • 14Gordon
  • 18Mansell
  • 22Fox
  • 23De Vita
  • 30Niang
  • 32Golasso

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 5ConnollyBooked at 19mins
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 12StantonSubstituted forHarkesat 80'minutes
  • 18Butcher
  • 7McMullan
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forPawlettat 68'minutes
  • 27Appere
  • 24Shankland

Substitutes

  • 8Pawlett
  • 9Sow
  • 11Smith
  • 13Mehmet
  • 23Harkes
  • 25King
  • 44Watson
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,218

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 2.

Full Time

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

Foul by Louis Appere (Dundee United).

Steven Saunders (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Shea Gordon.

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Ian Harkes replaces Samuel Stanton.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Dundee United).

Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Louis Appere (Dundee United).

Ryan Williamson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jamie Robson (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Liam Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Mansell (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Dundee United 2. Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lawrence Shankland.

Mark Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Raffaele De Vita replaces Cameron Palmer.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Lewis Mansell replaces Thomas Robson.

Hand ball by Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Peter Pawlett replaces Nicky Clark.

Attempt missed. Shea Gordon (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Shea Gordon (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Sean McGinty (Partick Thistle) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Sean McGinty.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Stuart Bannigan.

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Joe Cardle.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Shea Gordon replaces Alexander Jones.

Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cameron Palmer (Partick Thistle).

Attempt blocked. Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Paul McMullan (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd22006246
2Ayr11004223
3Dundee10102201
4Dunfermline10102201
5Alloa10101101
6Arbroath10100001
7Queen of Sth10100001
8Partick Thistle201123-11
9Morton100124-20
10Inverness CT100114-30
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