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Partick Thistle 0-1 Dundee: Host unveil pre-contract deals post-match

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Firhill
Dundee's Paul McGowan scored the only goal of the game
Dundee's Paul McGowan scored the only goal of the game

Paul McGowan's terrific close-range finish gave Dundee victory at Partick Thistle and lifted them into the Scottish Championship top four.

The midfielder turned Kane Hemmings' low centre into the top corner for his fourth goal of the season.

Hemmings later hit a post from distance and Dundee were also denied when Scott Fox twice saved well from Graham Dorrans on two occasions.

Thistle striker Kenny Miller's strike hit the underside of the crossbar.

Dundee's second consecutive win moves them three points clear of Dunfermline Athletic, while second-bottom Thistle are a point adrift of Greenock Morton having played a game more.

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall: "We didn't deserve to get beaten and I think that shows the players have come a long way. They're under pressure at Dundee so it's a huge win for them."

McCall confirmed post-match that Ayr United midfielder Ross Docherty and Queen of the South defender Darren Brownlie have both agreed pre-contract deals with Partick Thistle and will join in the summer.

He said: "It is what it is and it [pre-contract deals] are not a pleasant thing but we've got to do our best for Partick Thistle."

Dundee manager James McPake: "For me, a comfortable win and their goalkeeper kept them in the game. We didn't look troubled at the end at all.

"Paul McGowan was excellent today - a great goal and we had loads of other chances. The boys were joking that every goalkeeper turns into David de Gea when Graham Dorrans starts shooting."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 22Fox
  • 2Williamson
  • 4O'Ware
  • 43SaundersSubstituted forRobsonat 83'minutes
  • 3Penrice
  • 7Cardle
  • 12Cole
  • 8Bannigan
  • 24KakaySubstituted forZanattaat 62'minutes
  • 10JonesSubstituted forHarkinsat 76'minutes
  • 9Miller

Substitutes

  • 1Sneddon
  • 6McGinty
  • 11Harkins
  • 15Robson
  • 16Palmer
  • 17Slater
  • 19Zanatta

Dundee

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Kerr
  • 3McGhee
  • 6Meekings
  • 23Marshall
  • 19Robertson
  • 14Dorrans
  • 10McGowanSubstituted forNessat 77'minutes
  • 21Mackie
  • 18JohnsonSubstituted forNelsonat 63'minutes
  • 28HemmingsSubstituted forToddat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ness
  • 5Forster
  • 7Todd
  • 8Byrne
  • 9Nelson
  • 12Ferrie
  • 22Moore
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
2,957

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Dundee 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Dario Zanatta (Partick Thistle).

  4. Post update

    Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Thomas O'Ware (Partick Thistle).

  7. Post update

    Andrew Nelson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Miller (Partick Thistle).

  9. Post update

    Finlay Robertson (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Josh Todd replaces Kane Hemmings.

  11. Post update

    Gary Harkins (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Josh Meekings (Dundee).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thomas O'Ware (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Thomas Robson replaces Steven Saunders because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Marshall (Dundee).

  18. Post update

    Gary Harkins (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Josh Meekings (Dundee).

  20. Post update

    Dario Zanatta (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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