Partick Thistle 0
Dundee 0
League (Championship)


Partick 

0 - 0

Dundee


League (Championship)
Saturday, March 18th, 2023
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 3,656
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Kris Doolan Gary Bowyer

Starting Eleven
31. David Mitchell
2. Jack McMillan
4. Kevin Holt
5. Darren Brownlie
16. Lee Hodson
23. Ross Docherty
6. Kyle Turner
8. Stuart Bannigan
7. Scott Tiffoney
9. Brian Graham
11. Steven Lawless
Adam Legzdins .1
Jordan Marshall .3
Ryan Sweeney .5
Lee Ashcroft .14
Jordan McGhee .6
Ben Williamson .22
Lyall Cameron .25
Luke Hannant .11
Josh Mulligan .15
Zach Robinson .16
Paul McMullan .18

Bench
1. Jamie Sneddon
15. Cole McKinnon
29. Zander MacKenzie
21. Aidan Fitzpatrick
27. James Lyon
10. Anton Dowds
19. Danny Mullen
30. Ji Stevenson
Ian Lawlor .21
Harrison Sharp .30
Sam Fisher .28
Finlay Robertson .19
Max Anderson .24
Shaun Byrne .8
Luke McCowan .17
Alex Jakubiak .7

Substitutions
Aidan Fitzpatrick for Steven Lawless (64)
Anton Dowds for Brian Graham (77)
Danny Mullen for Scott Tiffoney (78)
Cole McKinnon for Aidan Fitzpatrick (90)
Alex Jakubiak for Zach Robinson (62)
Luke McCowan for Paul McMullan (62)
Max Anderson for Jordan Marshall (66)
Finlay Robertson for Ben Williamson (73)

Cautions
None. Ben Williamson (24)
Jordan McGhee (34)
Lee Ashcroft (95)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Newlands (Referee)
Gordon McCabe & Steven Reid (Assistants)





Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee and Partick Thistle fought out a goalless draw in Glasgow this afternoon. Both teams tried their hardest to find a winner, but neither side could find the quality required to win a game in which the defences were on top. The Dee and Jags both deserved the clean sheets that gave them a point apiece when they both badly wanted three.

There were two changes to the Dee starting line up. Josh Mulligan and Jordan Marshall came in at full back to replace the injured Cammy Kerr and Ryan Clampin.

The Dark Blues started well and for the first five minutes all the play was in the Thistle half. None of it amounted to any threat to the home goal, however.

Thistle grew into the game and started to build dangerous attacks. The Jags had the edge in midfield and repeatedly played their way into promising positions. Dundee defended well in the penalty area, but the home side was finding it too easy to get there, playing their way around the Dee midfield and full backs.

Nevertheless, Dundee had the first real goal attempt when David Mitchell saved at full stretch from Luke Hannant at the end of a Dee break.

Too often Dundee’s breaks ended with a poor pass, or without a cross from a good position. The Dark Blues’ attacks would usually fizzle out with hesitancy giving Thistle plenty of time to cover and close down the opportunity.

Despite Thistle’s good attacks the Dundee defenders restricted them to only one real chance in the first half. Steven Lawless broke through the middle and sent Scott Tiffoney clear into the penalty area. Fortunately for Dundee he took a heavy touch which allowed Adam Legzdins to block.

Dundee won a series of corners in the last few minutes of the half. Thistle didn’t always deal with them tidily, but the Dee couldn’t take advantage of the odd moment of carelessness.

The Dark Blues had to improve after half time if they wanted to avoid defeat and they did so. They had the better of the second half without ever being convincing in attack.

Dundee were far more effective in midfield after the restart. Ben Williamson was the dominant figure, dictating play until injury forced him off after 72 minutes. The Dark Blues had already stepped up a gear when Alex Jakubiak and Luke McCowan replaced Zach Robinson and Paul McMullan on the hour.

The Dark Blues had struggled to hold the ball in midfield in the first half but they did far better after half time. They were using the wings better and putting Thistle under pressure, but could never find any end product from some prolonged attacks.

Thistle had a half chance after Tiffoney got free on the left but he smashed an angled shot straight at Legzdins when he had better options. Later in the same attack Legzdins saved well from Lawless’s 18 yard effort.

Dundee couldn’t create enough real danger at the end of some promising attacks. Mitchell blocked at the feet of Robinson and the ball broke kindly for the defence.

Both teams put everything into the hunt for a winner in injury time. Dundee could well have had a penalty when Bannigan downed Hannant in the box, but Thistle got the benefit of the referee’s doubt.

At the very end ex-Dee Danny Mullen managed to wrestle Lee Ashcroft off the ball as the defender was ushering it out for a goal kick. Perhaps surprised that he was not penalised he wasted the opportunity by thrashing a shot high over the bar from an impossible angle.

A draw was a fair result in the end after a tough, hard fought battle. There was some good football from both sides when they were on top. Both defences played well when the other side was dominating in midfield, but nobody could find the quality required in the final third and neither goalkeeper had a particularly hard afternoon.

A point and a clean sheet at a very difficult ground is hardly a bad result, but falling two more points behind Queens Park will obviously disappoint the fans.

There are still eight games to go, and five of them are at Dens. The first of these is on Tuesday against Ayr. To get the points that Dundee need the team will have to be more composed and clinical in the final third.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at March 18th, 2023)


2022-23 All Time
Age
Adam Legzdins (GK)36 21 - 66 -
Jordan McGhee26 32312511
Lee Ashcroft29 3428911
Ryan Sweeney25 363746
Jordan Marshall26 26 - 1162
Lyall Cameron20 309349
Ben Williamson21 271271
Josh Mulligan20 342515
Luke Hannant29 6 - 6 -
Paul McMullan27 39710310
Zach Robinson20 26102610
Finlay Robertson (sub)20 143513
Max Anderson (sub)21 263938
Luke McCowan (sub)25 3276812
Alex Jakubiak (sub)26 226377






League Table (as at March 18th, 2023)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Queen's Park 29 16 6 7 +20 54
2. Dundee 28 13 8 7 +13 47
3. Ayr Utd 28 13 7 8 +17 46
4. Partick 29 13 6 10 +10 45
5. Morton 29 11 10 8 +6 43
6. Raith Rovers 28 10 8 10 +2 38
7. Inverness CT 28 9 9 10 -2 36
8. Cove Rangers 29 6 8 15 -28 26
9. Arbroath 28 4 13 11 -16 25
10. Hamilton 28 6 7 15 -22 25