Scottish Championship
Arbroath2Partick Thistle1

Arbroath 2-1 Partick Thistle: visitors slip to bottom spot

Wighton scores on his Arbroath debut after signing on loan from Hearts
Wighton scores on his Arbroath debut after signing on loan from Hearts

Arbroath consigned Partick Thistle to the bottom of the Scottish Championship and kept in touch in the play-off race with a 2-1 victory at Gayfield.

Michael McKenna put the home side ahead after just five minutes, before Hearts loanee Craig Wighton added the second on debut before the break.

Patrick Thistle had chances, but new signing Brian Graham's stoppage-time finish was mere consolation.

Ian McCall's side are now two points adrift of ninth-placed Alloa.

But the victory moves Dick Campbell's Arbroath up one place to sixth, just one point behind Dundee in fourth, who occupy the final play-off spot.

Arbroath assistant manager Ian Campbell: "The wind machine was on today but we ran out deserved winners, first half we were tremendous. In the second half the wind was in their favour and they were on top but didn't really look like scoring- it was all about Arbroath today.

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall: "I thought they handled the conditions far better. They deserved their 2-0 lead and deserved to win the game.

"We didn't do the dirty side of the game well enough. We're in a dog fight now and we have to win games."

Line-ups

Arbroath

  • 21Gaston
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Little
  • 5O'Brien
  • 3Hamilton
  • 9HilsonSubstituted forKaderat 81'minutes
  • 6Whatley
  • 22VirtanenBooked at 90mins
  • 14WightonSubstituted forSwankieat 89'minutes
  • 8McKenna
  • 15DonnellySubstituted forGoldat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jamieson
  • 7Gold
  • 10Swankie
  • 11Linn
  • 12Kader
  • 16Stewart
  • 23Chalmers

Partick Thistle

  • 22Fox
  • 43Saunders
  • 4O'Ware
  • 6McGintySubstituted forCardleat 46'minutes
  • 21O'Connor
  • 8Bannigan
  • 12Cole
  • 16MacKinnonSubstituted forBarjonasat 65'minutes
  • 3Penrice
  • 9Graham
  • 10JonesSubstituted forZanattaat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sneddon
  • 7Cardle
  • 15Robson
  • 17Slater
  • 19Zanatta
  • 20Barjonas
Referee:
David Lowe
Attendance:
1,418

Match Stats

Home TeamArbroathAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Arbroath 2, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arbroath 2, Partick Thistle 1.

Goal!

Goal! Arbroath 2, Partick Thistle 1. Brian Graham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Miko Virtanen (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Miko Virtanen (Arbroath).

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

Foul by Gavin Swankie (Arbroath).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Gavin Swankie replaces Craig Wighton.

Hand ball by Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Miko Virtanen (Arbroath).

Reece Cole (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Colin Hamilton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee O'Connor (Partick Thistle).

Craig Wighton (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas O'Ware (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Omar Kader replaces Dale Hilson.

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

Foul by Dale Hilson (Arbroath).

Lee O'Connor (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. David Gold replaces Luke Donnelly.

Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Reece Cole (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Arbroath).

Dario Zanatta (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Miko Virtanen (Arbroath).

Brian Graham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Dario Zanatta replaces Alexander Jones.

Dale Hilson (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Barjonas (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Jamie Barjonas replaces Darian MacKinnon.

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Luke Donnelly (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Thomas O'Brien (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexander Jones (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Thomas O'Brien.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Derek Gaston.

Foul by Dale Hilson (Arbroath).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd22172349173253
2Inverness CT2111282923635
3Ayr2111193430434
4Dundee218582630-429
5Dunfermline2284103330328
6Arbroath2284102025-528
7Morton2182112940-1126
8Queen of Sth207492224-225
9Alloa2266102636-1024
10Partick Thistle2264122942-1322
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