Partick Thistle 2
Dundee 3
League (Championship)


Partick 

2 - 3

Dundee


League (Championship)
Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 3,046
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Harry Milne (21)
Harry Milne (36)
Zach Robinson (58)
Ryan Sweeney (68)
Cammy Kerr (76)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Gary Bowyer

Starting Eleven
31. David Mitchell
2. Jack McMillan
3. Harry Milne
5. Darren Brownlie
16. Lee Hodson
22. Aaron Muirhead
6. Kyle Turner
8. Stuart Bannigan
15. Cole McKinnon
10. Anton Dowds
19. Danny Mullen
Ian Lawlor .21
Ryan Sweeney .5
Tyler French .4
Jordan McGhee .6
Lee Ashcroft .14
Cammy Kerr .2
Josh Mulligan .15
Joe Grayson .38
Derick Osei .31
Paul McMullan .18
Luke McCowan .17

Bench
1. Jamie Sneddon
18. Tunji Akinola
26. Ben Stanway
29. Zander MacKenzie
21. Aidan Fitzpatrick
27. James Lyon
11. Steven Lawless
14. Cammy Smith
17. Tony Weston
Adam Legzdins .1
Shaun Byrne .8
Ben Williamson .22
Lyall Cameron .25
Max Anderson .24
Zak Rudden .20
Cillian Sheridan .23
Zach Robinson .16
Alex Jakubiak .7

Substitutions
Zander MacKenzie for Stuart Bannigan (60)
Steven Lawless for Danny Mullen (62)
Ben Stanway for Cole McKinnon (77)
Max Anderson for Josh Mulligan (46)
Zach Robinson for Derick Osei (46)
Zak Rudden for Luke McCowan (46)
Ben Williamson for Joe Grayson (91)

Cautions
Aaron Muirhead (50)
Aaron Muirhead (69)
Josh Mulligan (6)

Red Cards
Aaron Muirhead (69) None.

Match Officials

Craig Napier (Referee)
Douglas Ross & Michael MacDermid (Assistants)





Photography by David Young

Match Report


The Dark Blues came storming back from trailing 2-0 at half time to earn a marvellous 3-2 win against Partick Thistle in Glasgow this afternoon. Harry Milne scored twice to give the Jags a deserved half time lead but the Dee reorganised at half time and blew Thistle away in the second half. Substitute Zach Robinson pulled a goal back to give the Dark Blues hope. Ryan Sweeney equalised midway through the second half and Thistle defender Aaron Muirhead was red carded in the aftermath ofthe goal. Ferocious Dee pressure ended with Cammy Kerr scoring a superb winner and the Dark Blues held out comfortably to take all three points back up the road.

The Dark Blues made four changes to the team that drew at Queen’s Park last week. Tyler French, Josh Mulligan, Luke McCowan and Derick Osei started, replacing the injured Jordan Marshall and Lyall Cameron, Zak Rudden and Zach Robinson, who were all on the bench.

Dundee had a slight edge in a scrappy opening. Neither side could hold possession for long. The Dark Blues worked their way into a few promising positions without being able to deliver anything significant.

The only goal attempt in the opening 20 minutes came when Tyler French broke down the right. His cutback found Paul McMullan whose shot struck teammate Jordan McGhee.

Thistle opened the scoring after 21 minutes. Danny Mullen swung the ball out to the left. Wing back Harry MILNE cut inside and had a go from the angle of the penalty area. His ffort took a deflection that helped the ball into the far top corner.

Dundee almost snatched an instant equaliser. McMullan beat two men on a run to the byline and played a low cross into the goalmouth. Neither Derick Osei nor Luke McCowan could force the ball over the line in a scramble only a few feet from the line.

The Dee continued to work their way into promising positions without troubling David Mitchell in the home goal. McGhee tried a volley from a McCowan cross, but he couldn’t make a clean connection and the keeper saved easily.

Thistle had fewer opportunities to get the ball into the penalty area, but made better use of those that came their way. The Jags claimed their second goal after 36 minutes when the Dee lost possession as they tried to move forward. Mullen nodded down a cross into space in front of goal for MILNE to run in and score his second from six yards.

The home side had their best spell of the half in the last few minutes before the break, keeping the Dee pinned back and winning a series of corners. As the cliché goes, goals change games. Partick had not been playing particularly well until they scored and grew in confidence from then on. Something had to change for Dundee!

It was Gary Bowyer’s responsibility to change things after that poor first half and, oh boy, did we see a spectacular improvement! Max Anderson, Zak Rudden and Zach Robinson replaced Josh Mulligan, Luke McCowan and Derick Osei at half time. Mulligan had picked up an unnecessary early yellow card and his energetic style would have put him in danger of a second yellow. Osei and McCowan had little joy in the first half and made way for the two Zs.

Dundee switched to three at the back with McGhee dropping back and French and Kerr moving forward as wing backs. McMullan played a more central role, threatening the Jags defence from the hole behind the strikers.

Right from the start of the second half took the game by the throat and never allowed Thistle back ino the contest. Dundee were dominant for the rest of the game, attacking relentlessly and confidently. At first the Jags defended well, and perhaps grew too confident they could ride the storm and go on to win. Instead they lost the initiative and never regained it.

An early goal was important and the Dee delivered. After 58 minutes McMullan hoisted a cross to the far post and Zach ROBINSON won the aerial battle with keeper Mitchell to nod the ball over the line.

The momentum was all with the Dee and the Jags were visibly nervous as the Dark Blue attacks poured forward. Midway through the half the equaliser arrived. Joe Grayson whipped a corner into the goalmouth, Thistle couldn’t clear, and Ryan SWEENEY ended the scramble by knocking the ball over the line.

There was a tussle in the back of the net as Dundee tried to recover the ball for the restart. Aaron Muirhead seemed to be largely responsible, with Cammy Kerr taking a blow. However, both were both booked. It was Muirhead’s second yellow and Thistle were down to 10 men in a game when they needed at least 12.

The Dundee pressure was fierce and constant. Thistle hardly had a chance to take a breather and have a spot of rest in the Dee half.

Finally, after 76 minutes, the winner arrived. The first two Dee goals might have been ugly, but the third was a gem. French sent Anderson to the byline with a clever pass, and the deep cutback was rifled home by Cammy KERR from 18 yards to trigger wild celebrations in the away stand.

There were 20 minutes still to play and the Dark Blues managed the game perfectly. They pushed for a fourth goal without ever taking any risks against 10 men. Anderson shot over when the ball broke to him following a free kick. McMullan curled a shot past the corner of the woodwork, and then tried to catch out Mitchell from 30 yards with the keeper only just managing to touch the shot round the post.

Thistle did not manage to record a shot in a horrible second half for the home side. Dundee were excellent after the turnround with the three substitutes all making terrific contributions. Rudden and Robinson showed good linking, control, hold up play, and legitimate aggression.

Anderson brought drive and creativity, looking very much more like the player we saw last season. The Dark Blues’ aggressive start to the second half, with two strikers working Thistle’s defence hard, meant the Jags sat back and largely abandoned the midfield. That gave Anderson space coming into the final third to hurt them. He rose to the challenge impressively, running at them and making passes and runs off the ball through their defensive line.

Any away win is always welcome, but coming back from two goals down to win is particularly enjoyable. The travelling support lapped it up. The second 45 minutes showed the standard the Dark Blues have to reach. Every man put in a sterling shift and the Dee were too hungry and too good for Thistle today.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at November 5th, 2022)


2022-23 All Time
Age
Ian Lawlor (GK)28 3 - 13 -
Ryan Sweeney25 172555
Cammy Kerr27 2042428
Lee Ashcroft29 1517010
Jordan McGhee26 14 - 1078
Tyler French23 182182
Joe Grayson23 131131
Josh Mulligan19 192365
Luke McCowan24 163528
Paul McMullan26 202845
Derick Osei24 4141
Ben Williamson (sub)21 13 - 13 -
Max Anderson (sub)21 132807
Zach Robinson (sub)20 176176
Zak Rudden (sub)22 184315






League Table (as at November 5th, 2022)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Ayr Utd 14 7 4 3 +11 25
2. Morton 14 6 4 4 +6 22
3. Raith Rovers 14 7 1 6 +5 22
4. Dundee 14 6 4 4 +4 22
5. Inverness CT 14 6 4 4 0 22
6. Queen's Park 14 6 3 5 -2 21
7. Partick 14 6 2 6 0 20
8. Cove Rangers 14 4 4 6 -2 16
9. Arbroath 14 2 5 7 -9 11
10. Hamilton 14 2 5 7 -13 11