Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2018-2019 : Partick Thistle

Sat, 6th Apr 2019 Kick Off: 15:00

Partick Thistle 2 Dunfermline 2

Saturday, 6th Apr 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: Tom Beadling (10) 0-1: Bruce Anderson (24) 0-2: Ryan Blair (31 og) 1-2: Scott McDonald (77) 2-2:

For the away day at Firhill, Stevie Crawford was without Joe Thomson, out with a knee injury, and he dropped three players to the bench - Ryan Williamson, James Vincent and Kallum Higginbotham. Into the starting eleven came James Craigen, Ryan Blair, Faissal El Bakhtaoui and seventeen year old Matty Todd for his league starting debut.

Partick Thistle were hoping to see the immediate return they got from their training camp break in Tenerife continue against the Fifers. Still searching for precious points to keep them out of the relegation zone, Thistle went into this match on the back of an impressive 3-0 victory over Morton at Cappielow. Their boss, Gary Caldwell made one change Sean McGinty replacing Christie Elliott.

Dunfermline kicked off attacking the goal at the north end of the stadium. First threat came from the hosts when Scott McDonald fed the ball out to Jack McMillan overlapping down the right but his cross from the byeline was easy meat for keeper Ryan Scully.

McMillan forced a corner on the right three minutes later at which Steven Anderson headed the ball in the net but refreee Kevin Clancy had blown up for an infringement long before that.

Jackson Longridge won a ninth minute corner that Blair lobbed high into the box and although Lee Ashcroft rose to meet it Thistle got the ball away. Louis Longridge regained possession on the left and picked out Tom BEADLING in the left side of the box. He took a touch before burying his shot in the bottom right. 0-1

Ten minutes passed with Thistle efforts to get balls into the Pars thwarted and the next danger came when L Longridge hit a good ball into the Thistle box that Bruce Anderson, 15 yards out, belted into the back of McGinty. El Bakhtaoui then picked out L Longridge on the left and though he made ground it was never going to be a case of being able to twist and turn all the way to goal.

A second Pars goal followed in 24 minutes from a corner on the right after El Bakhtaoui ‘s shot had been turned into the sidenetting. L Longridge took the setpiece and ANDERSON timed his run to meet the low cross and steered the ball in at the far post. 0-2

J Longridge headed away a Thistle free kick delivered into the Pars box and Ashcroft met Anderson’s return. Then a ball to the far post from Penrice was headed along the crossbar by McMillan. The warnings were there and Thistle got a goal back in 31 minutes. Penrice passed to Scott McDonald on the left side of the penalty box and his firm strike along the six yard line cut out the keeper only for Ryan BLAIR tracking back to turn the ball into his own net. 1-2

Scully was quick to react when only moments after Thistle scored, Blair Spittal was through on goal but the keeper stood up and stopped the on target shot. The home fans had been quiet and rather dejected by going two behind but they were now encouraging their team on.

In 39 minutes Conor Hazard dropped to his right to hold an El Bakhtaoui attempt from 30 yards. At the other end Kris Doolan had his effort deflected behind off Danny Devine and Spittal’s corner was headed wide by Anderson.

A patient build up from Partick eventually saw McDonald hit a decent 44th minute shot from 20 yards that ran out wide left. First half stats showed 57% Dunfermline possession and four shots on target. Slightly bizarrely given the score line, Thistle had no shots on target.

Half time: Partick Thistle 1 Dunfermline 2

Half time substitute for the Jags was Joe Cardle coming on to replace one loan Livingston player, Jack McMillan. The Pars forced just their second corner of the match in 47th minute but Devine headed his effort from it wide. Blair got another opportunity to send in a dangerous ball from another corner soon after and on this occasion Ashcroft got his head on it, he was closer but the ball went narrowly wide right.

Partick had two chances in 51 minutes. First Scully could not hold a Penrice cross and Blair mopped up the loose ball and then Penrice was able to crash in a shot that cleared the crossbar. Next minute Ashcroft was yellow carded for blocking Cardle deep down the right and when Spittal sent the ball to the far post it looked too big but McGinty got his head to it and Scully had to save low down at his right hand post.

Ryan Williamson was then introduced in place of Matty Todd before a Blair left footed shot from outside the box was saved by Doohan in the top right corner. Dunfermline had another two corners from the right that created danger but sadly no goals. At the other end J Longridge put in a telling tackle to halt the run of Penrice.

El Bakhtaoui used his place to brush off defenders and release a shot from just inside the Partick box but it has just too high. The Fifers survived home appeals for a penalty after good work from McDonald set up Penrice. The 20 year old ended up on the deck but the decision was play on.

Thistle continued to turn up the pressure, Spittal in particular causing trouble on the right and in 69 minutes Scully did well to beat away a close range attempt from McDonald. There was some no messing clearances to relieve the increasing heat on to the defence. Both Williamson and Beadling dropped back to assist counter the offensive but it was beginning to look as though Dunfermline might need another goal.

Play halted in 74 minutes for treatment to Thistle defender Steven Saunders and his replacement was 18 year old Aidan Fitzpatrick. Thistle grabbed an equaliser in 77 minutes when sub Miles Storey’s pass to pick out McDONALD was deflected off the chest of Craigen over Devine and on for the striker to net. 2-2

In 84 minutes a powerful 25 yard effort from Spittal spun over the Pars crossbar off Devine and the Fifers had to defend another corner. Three minutes later a poor clearance from Scully went straight to Doolan on the right edge of the box, happily the keeper was able to hold the striker’s effort. Next minute with the home fans rising to their feet to welcome a winner, Scully made a remarkable save to stop a low angled drilled attempt from Spittal.

This was not the stuff for the feint hearted. Spittal pumped an 90th minute free kick into the Pars box and that was cleared. Then another free kick from the left was eventually headed out by J Longridge before a long throw into the box from Doolan ended with a foul against the home side.

The last chance for a winner came for Dunfermline in the forth minute of added time. A Blair free kick from just inside the Thistle half evaded the defence and was tipped on by Hippolyte but Doohan held. It had been a hard earned away point but one much appreciated by the 454 travelling supporters.

PARTICK THISTLE: Conor Hazard: Jack McMillan (Joe Cardle HT), Steven Anderson, Steven Saunders (Aidan Fitzpatrick 75), James Penrice, Sean McGinty, Blair Spittal, Stuart Bannigan (c), Shea Gordon (Miles Storey 70), Kris Doolan, Scott McDonald.
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Slater, Lewis Mansell, Gary Harkins, Jamie Sneddon (GK).
SCORERS: Blair (31 og), McDonald (77)
YELLOW CARD: Anderson (55)

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling: Matthew Todd (Ryan Williamson 56), Ryan Blair, Louis Longridge: Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 83), Bruce Anderson (Lewis McCann 86).
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Durnan, James Vincent, Kallum Higginbotham, Cammy Gill (GK)
SCORERS: Beadling (10), Anderson 24)
YELLOW CARD: Craigen (11), Ashcroft (52), L Longridge (67)

REFEREE: Kevin Clancy
WEATHER: Rain 8C
ATTENDANCE 2850

NEXT MATCH: Ladbrokes Championship (away) v Ross County, Tuesday 9th April 2019, kick off 7.45pm at the Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
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Preview Partick Thistle

Saturday, 6th Apr 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) v Partick Thistle, Saturday 6th April 2019, kick off 3.00pm at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill G20 7AL

Up next for Dunfermline Athletic is a trip to Maryhill to face Partick Thistle. The Pars have enjoyed two home wins against Thistle who have struggled this season after relegation from the Premier League last season. Crucially however, the Fifers lost 2-0 on their last visit there at the start of December. That defeat in turn led to a series of indifferent results culminating in Allan Johnston’s departure from the club.

Thistle under new manager Gary Caldwell have improved but not enough to get them far enough away from the threat of relegation. With the five clubs at the foot of the table all fighting for their Championship status the Pars can expect their hosts to be fighting hard for all three points.

Milestones Partick (away)
Last League Victory | 25/09/10 | 2-0 | First Div
Last League Defeat | 08/12/18 | 0-2 | Championship
Best League Victory | 20/04/66 | 6-2 | Div One*
Worst League Defeat | 10/11/34 | 1-7 | Div One*
*Pre league reconstruction

In the previous 85 league meetings Dunfermline have won 35, Partick 27 and 23 have been drawn but at Firhill the home side has the upper hand with 18 wins to 14.

Dunfermline v Partick Thistle: The Full League Record
P | W | D | L | For | Agst
44 | 21 | 14 | 9 | 73 | 57 | At East End Park
41 | 14 | 9 | 18 | 50 | 71 | At Firhill
45 | 18 | 14 | 13 | 77 | 72 | Division One (up to 1975)
6 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 8 | 10 | Premier Division (since 1975)
30 | 12 | 7 | 11 | 32 | 40 | First Division (since 1975)
3 | 2 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 0 | Championship
85 | 35 | 23 | 27 | 124 | 127 | TOTALS

Last Twelve League Matches v Partick Thistle
The last dozen league games between the teams have seen Dunfermline win three, draw three and lose six.

Date | H/A | F-A | Scorers
28/02/19 H 3-0 [1-0] Anderson, [2-0] Devine, [3-0] Anderson
08/12/18 A 0-2 [0-1] Spittal, [0-2] Storey.
28/09/18 H 1-0 [1-0] Connolly
27/04/13 A 3-3 [0-1] McMillan, [1-1] Wallace, [2-1] Thomson, [3-1] Thomson, [2-3] Erskine, [3-3] Lawless.
02/03/13 H 0-4 [0-1] Craig, [0-2] Forbes, [0-3] Craig, [0-4] Craig.
10/11/12 A 1-5 [0-1] Lawless, [1-1] Muirhead og, [1-2] Balatoni, [1-3] O`Donnell, [1-4] Forbes, [1-5] Lawless.
18/08/12 H 0-1 [0-1] Lawless
26/03/11 H 0-0
29/01/11 A 0-2 [0-1] [0-2]
14/12/10 H 0-0
25/09/10 A 2-0 [1-0] Clarke, [2-0} Kirk.
23/03/10 H 1-2 [0-1] Buchanan, [1-1] McDougall, [1-2] Donnelly

Last meeting at Firhill
Partick Thistle 2 Dunfermline 0
8 December 2018, Championship


For all the Fifers good start it was Partick who were to open the scoring in 12th minute of this game. A cross from the left was headed away by Lee Ashcroft but Blair SPITTAL was perfectly placed 20 yards out to sink the ball into the bottom left. 1-0

Thistle were to score a second in the eleventh minute of the second half. Christie Elliott switched play from right to left to set up James Penrice for a driving run into the Pars box. The full back’s low ball from the left into the six yard box was flicked back towards goal by STOREY and despite a valiant effort by Lee Robinson to try and stop the ball crossing his line, referee Kevin Clancy deemed it a goal. The keeper would subsequently argue profusely that the ball never crossed his goal line, his case being strengthened by subsequent video images. 2-0 and a first win for Gary Caldwell as Thistle manager.

PARTICK THISTLE: Jamie Sneddon: Daniel Jefferies, Sean McGinty, Tam Scobbie, James Penrice: Christie Elliott, Blair Spittal, Stuart Bannigan (c), Miles Storey (Jai Quitongo 88): Andrea Mbuyi-Mutumbo (Andrew McCarthy 45): Kris Doolan (Chris Erskine 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Niall Keown, Brice Ntambwe, Jack Storer, Jamie Stevenson (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: James Vincent (Tom Beadling 59): James Craigen (Myles Hippolyte 59), Joe Thomson, Robbie Muirhead (Lewis McCann 86): Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Aidan Keena.
SUBS NOT USED: Malaury Martin, Lewis Martin, Mark Durnan, Cammy Gill (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

DUNFERMLINE
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Queen of the South (H) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (H) W 3-0
Ayr United (A) W 1-0

PARTICK THISTLE
Morton (A) L 0-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 1-2
Falkirk (A) D 1-1
Dundee United (H) W 2-1
Dunfermline (A) L 0-3
Ross County (H) L 2-4

Recent Form

Partick Thistle won five matches in a row in January and into February but last Saturday’s impressive win at Cappielow was just their second win in the last eight matches. They led Ross County 2-0 at half time in their home match against Ross County only to capitulate in the second. They defeated Dundee United in their next home game and lost to a late goal in the Friday night home match against Inverness Caley.

Dunfermline’s away league form is fairly good with just four defeats in fourteen games this season. Those league defeats on the road have been at Ayr, Dingwall, Dundee United and Partick.

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 5th
League Points: 40
Away League Record: P14 W6 D4 L4 GF17 GA16
Goal Difference: -2
Last Six League Match Form: WWWWLL

PARTICK THISTLE
League Position: 8th
League Points: 32
League Record: P15 W6 D2 L7 GF20 GA22
Goal Difference: -13
Last Six League Match Form: LLWDLW

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United):
Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling, James Vincent (Matthew Todd 74): Joe Thomson (James Craigen 45+2), Louis Longridge, Kallum Higginbotham (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 61): Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Durnan, Ryan Blair, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK)

PARTICK THISTLE (v Morton): Conor Hazard: Steven Anderson, Jack McMillan, Steven Saunders, James Penrice, Christie Elliott, Blair Spittal (Aidan Fitzpatrick 88), Stuart Bannigan (Craig Slater 83), Shea Gordon, Kris Doolan (Lewis Mansell 89), Scott McDonald
SUBS NOT USED: Sean McGinty, Joe Cardle, Miles Storey, Jamie Sneddon (GK).

Other Ladbrokes Championship Fixtures
Ross County v Dundee United - Friday 5th April
Ayr United v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Falkirk v Alloa Athletic
Queen of the South v Morton

Match Information

Dunfermline fans will be accommodated in the Colin Weir Stand and prices are as follows:-
Adults £20
Concessions (over 65s, students, disabled and carer) £15
Under 16s £5

Parking: There is free on-street parking on Garscube Road and adjacent streets on route to the stadium.



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