Partick Thistle 0
Dundee 1
League (Premiership)


0 - 1


League (Premiership)
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 2,946
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Greg Stewart (77)

Team Managers
Alan Archibald Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Tomáš Cerný
5. Callum Booth
13. Frédéric Frans
15. Mustapha Dumbuya
17. Liam Lindsay
6. Abdul Osman
8. Stuart Bannigan
10. Ryan Stevenson
9. Kris Doolan
11. Steven Lawless
23. Robbie Muirhead
Scott Bain .1
Gary Irvine .2
Thomas Konrad .4
Paul McGinn .19
James McPake .5
Gary Harkins .29
Nicky Low .8
Nick Ross .17
Kevin Thomson .10
Kane Hemmings .15
Greg Stewart .7

12. Ryan Scully
3. Danny Seaborne
2. Gary Miller
4. Sean Welsh
18. David Wilson
20. Declan McDaid
7. David Amoo
David Mitchell .12
Julen Etxabeguren .16
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Kevin Holt .3
Riccardo Calder .20
Rhys Healey .23
Rory Loy .9

David Amoo for Steven Lawless (71)
Declan McDaid for Ryan Stevenson (78)
Sean Welsh for Robbie Muirhead (83)
Julen Etxabeguren for James McPake (22)
Riccardo Calder for Nicky Low (63)
Rory Loy for Gary Harkins (69)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)
Alastair Mather & Frank Connor (Assistants)
Euan Anderson (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

A trademark Greg Stewart goal gave Dundee victory at Firhill this afternoon against an unlucky Partick Thistle side who hit the woodwork three times. Thistle were the better side in the early stages but Dundee stepped up their game in the second half and Stewart curled home the winner after 77 minutes.

Dundee made only one change to the side that played Inverness Caley Thistle before the international break. Gary Harkins replaced Paul McGowan, who had picked up a knock in training. Thistle made four changes, bringing back Kris Doolan and Ryan Stevenson, and giving debuts to Mustapha Dumbaya, who was with Notts County last season, and Dundee United loanee Robbie Muirhead.

The Dark Blues were very fortunate to survive a hairy opening 15 minutes. The Dee defence was living on the edge as Thistle stormed forward impressively. Muirhead should have done better than scoop the ball into Scott Bain's gloves when James McPake fluffed a clearance. Doolan then shot narrowly wide after a fast move had opened Dundee up. The Thistle striker went even closer when he thrashed an overhead kick against the crossbar.

While Thistle were passing and moving cleverly and confidently Dundee were sloppy and struggling to get their game together. Far too often the Dee were making the wrong decisions and hitting inaccurate passes. There was further concern for the Dark Blues' support when James McPake limped out of the match after 22 minutes. He was replaced by Julen Etxabeguren who settled down into a calm and confident performance alongside Thomas Konrad.

Gradually Dundee settled down and started to compete more effectively. The middle of the first half was mercifully boring after the fright that the Dark Blues got in the opening quarter of an hour. The game sprang back into life in the last five minutes of the half when Dundee twice went close. A poor ?erný clearance created confusion in the Jags' defence and Nick Ross set up Nicky Low, who wasted a great chance by shooting wastefully into the side netting. Gary Irvine ghosted onto a Stewart pass and a desperate ?erný block prevented a goal.

In between those two Dundee chances Thistle had gone agonisingly close after a fast break had left Dundee exposed. Muirhead sent in Stevenson to crack a fierce shot against the inside of Bain's post.

When the second half opened Dundee were much more composed throughout the team. Thistle had more difficulty trying to play through the midfield and Dundee were looking much more dangerous in possession. Up front Hemmings was receiving better support. Irvine had a dangerous snap shot from 22 yards, but ?erný saved well. Just after the hour Riccardo Calder came on, replacing Nicky Low. The youngster showed some good touches, but the real significance was that Stewart moved to the right where Thistle struggled to contain him.

Before Dundee could see any benefit from the change they had to survive another great escape. Dumbuya's cross found Stevenson with the time and space to pick his spot, but he headed against the crossbar when the opening goal seemed certain.

Dundee made another attacking change, with Rory Loy replacing Gary Harkins. Loy quickly injected more urgency into Dundee's attacks, linking effectively with Hemmings and Stewart. He had a quick opportunity when he seized a loose ball and drove his shot just past the post.

The game's only goal finally arrived after 77 minutes and what a peach it was. STEWART picked up the ball wide on the right on the halfway line. He drove at the Thistle defence, jinked inside Lindsay, and from just inside the penalty area curled his shot round ?erný and inside the post. As soon as he made the space for the shot the Dee support just knew what was going to happen!

Loy almost added a quick second when he flicked Calder's cross narrowly wide. Stewart should have sealed the win when he and Loy passed their way through the Jags' defence. ?erný managed to take the sting out of Stewart's shot leaving the ball bobbling towards the goal line. Loy beat the defence to tap it home, but the linesman's decided he had started from an offside position.

Thistle kept plugging away, but Dundee's defence and midfield was far more solid than they had been in the first half and the Jags struggled to create any opportunities despite some fierce pressure. Dundee always looked capable of adding another goal on the break, but no-one could complain about a single goal victory. Thistle were extremely unfortunate not to take anything from the match. They were punished ruthlessly for their failure to turn their first half dominance into goals. During that opening 45 minutes they looked far better than a team at the bottom of the table, where they find themselves tonight.

Dundee will be delighted to get maximum points from a mixed performance. There were good moments, but too many poor ones, especially early on. In the end it was the extra quality that the Dark Blues were able to call on that proved decisive. The longer the game went on the more likely Greg Stewart looked to hurt the Jags and he fully deserved the goal that capped an excellent performance.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 12th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 8 - 34 -
Gary Irvine30 2 - 1896
Thomas Konrad25 7 - 442
Paul McGinn24 8 - 472
James McPake31 72454
Gary Harkins30 7 - 13829
Nicky Low23 4 - 4 -
Nick Ross23 8 - 8 -
Kevin Thomson29 5 - 31 -
Kane Hemmings24 8484
Greg Stewart25 844719
Julen Etxabeguren (sub)24 7 - 7 -
Riccardo Calder (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Rory Loy (sub)27 3232

League Table (as at September 12th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.