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SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership
Wed 27 December, 2017. Kick Off: - 19:45
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

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Aberdeen
1
Joe Lewis
2
Shay Logan
3
Graeme Shinnie
4
Andy Considine (Mark Reynolds 86)
5
Anthony O'Connor
8
Greg Stewart (Dominic Ball 86)
7
Kenny McLean
9
Adam Rooney
11
Gary Mackay-Steven (Scott Wright 71)
19
Scott McKenna
22
Ryan Christie
 
Subs
20
Danny Rogers
6
Mark Reynolds
14
Kari Arnason
15
Scott Wright
18
Dominic Ball
19
Danny Harvie
25
Frank Ross
Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Tomas Cerny
4
Jordan Turnbull
5
Niall Keown
7
Blair Spittal
11
Steven Lawless (Miles Storey 56)
13
Adam Barton
15
Daniel Devine
16
Paul McGinn
18
Conor Sammon
19
Ryan Edwards
24
Andrew McCarthy (Kevin Nisbet 75)
 
Subs
12
Ryan Scully
17
Milan Nitriansky
20
Kevin Nisbet
31
Callum Wilson
39
Miles Storey
 
Subs
20
Danny Rogers
6
Mark Reynolds
14
Kari Arnason
15
Scott Wright
18
Dominic Ball
19
Danny Harvie
25
Frank Ross
 
Subs
12
Ryan Scully
17
Milan Nitriansky
20
Kevin Nisbet
31
Callum Wilson
39
Miles Storey
Match Preview

Aberdeen v Partick Thistle – 27th December 2017

A midweek trip to Pittodrie separates two home Ladbrokes Premiership matches as a crowded December period comes to a conclusion. The Jags moved off the foot of the table with a 1-0 win against Hamilton Accies on Saturday and the side head to the Granite City looking to improve their away record. Thistle boss, Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the meeting.

Archie began by describing just how difficult the game would be as his side prepares to face the league’s second best side.

“It’s going to be very tough. They had a slight lull but they’ve got back on track to a degree. They had two great performances against St. Johnstone and Hibernian and then lost to Celtic away but that doesn’t mean they’re off form again. They’ll play very differently in a game against us than they did at Parkhead and we have to be ready for them.”

After getting through another game without serious injury problems, the gaffer is feeling good about his selection options.

“We’ve got Jordan Turnbull coming back into the team after his suspension which gives us even more room for manoeuvre. We moved things about on Saturday and it worked for us so we know that we have the option to switch things up. Also, Martin Woods got another good chunk of time on the pitch at the weekend which can only help him and the team. Overall, we have more options than we’ve had since August which is great.”

Miles Storey makes his first trip to Pittodrie since leaving Aberdeen during the summer and will be desperate to show his former employers what they are missing out on.

“Miles essentially missed a year of football with Aberdeen. He was on the bench a lot and was never really given the chance to get going. We were keen to get him and in the end we did. He’s had some really good moments for us and we’re just giving him a platform to play on. We saw against Hamilton that other attackers can do a job too so it’s nice to have options that offer different things. If we do pick him for the game, then we’ll be looking for a performance out of him.”

As the winter break approaches, some of Thistle’s long term injured players have begun training as they step up their return to first team action.

“We’ve had Abdul Osman and Mustapha Dumbuya back in full training for the first time over the last week and Callum Booth is doing ball work so we hope to have them back in contention for the end of January. James Penrice will also come back from what has been a great loan spell at Livingston as an option so that’s like four new players potentially. We had been looking at potential transfer targets because we can’t afford to just look short term. We’d focussed on full-back because we’ve seen players like Steven Lawless and Jordan Turnbull filling in there which isn’t ideal but if we can get the guys I mentioned back then the options are much better.”

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94’Full Time Report

In the end it was a close affair but a lack of cutting edge from Thistle saw Aberdeen take all three pointds. It was an impressive defensive display from the visitors though and should give them confidence going into Saturday's massive match against Ros County.

 
94’Full Time
90’+03’Aberdeen corner from the left

Aberdeen threaten a break on the counter but the move breaks down. They do win a corner though but it's dealt with well by Thistle.

 
90’+02’

Plenty of pressure from Thistle as the game approaches its conclusion but Aberdeen are defending well.

 
89’

We'll have four minutes of additional time here. Still time for a Jags comeback?

 
87’

After a break for subs, Aberdeen now have a free kick five yards from the corner of the area which goes narrowly over Cerny's bar.

86’Aberdeen substitution: Dominic Ball replaces Greg Stewart
86’Aberdeen substitution: Mark Reynolds replaces Andy Considine
85’Thistle Booking - Daniel Devine

Devine picks up a yellow card for a late challenge on Stewart. The caution means he will miss the match against Celtic in January.

 
84’

When the free kick is taken it's a decent delivery but Daniel Devine's overhead kick doesn't trouble the keeper.

 
82’

Free kick to Thistle from 40 yards out wide on the right. Spittal is standing over it ready to get it into the box but Considine is down receiving treatment so the free kick will be delayed.

 
81’

Thistle need something soon if they are going to get back into this game but no real sign of where it is going to come from at the moment.

The visitors are pushing bodies forward but are still struggling to make it stick in the final third.

 
78’

Greg Stewart draws an outstanding save from Tomas Cerny after a curling shot from outside the box is paried away and then hooked clear by Turnbull.

75’Thistle substitution: Kevin Nisbet replaces Andrew McCarthy
 
73’

Miles Storey creates some room for himself at the edge of the box but his shot is charged down.

71’Aberdeen substitution: Scott Wright replaces Gary Mackay-Steven
70’Thistle corner from the right

Some good link up between Storey and McGinn earn the Jags a corner. It's a decent delivery from Spittal but Devine's header is over the bar. Firdst decent chance of the half for Thistle and proably their best of the game.

 
64’

Better play from Thistle as Miles Storey presses into the Aberdeen half and plays a through ball which almost fnds Spittal in the box. As it happens though the pass is snuffed out by Lewis in the Dons goal.

 
62’

Aberdeen starting to look dangerous now as a powerfull Mackay-Steven run and cross almost creates another opportunity for the Dons. Barton is switched on to it though and gets the ball away cooly.

61’Goal Aberdeen! Adam Rooney
Aberdeen 1 - Thistle 0

It's been coming in this second half but Rooney puts the home side a goal ahead. A low ball from the right catches the, so far excellent, Jags defence out and the ball is bundled in from close range.

 
59’

A Dons throw in puts Thistle under pressure in their own box but the ball is cleared.

 
57’

Aberdeen cross comes in from the right and Cerny pulls off a great save before Edwards smashes it clear. The resulting corner for Aberdeen eventually falls to Cerny.

56’Thistle substitution: Martin Woods replaces Steven Lawless

Miles Storey comes on for Steven Lawless in the first sub of the game.

 
55’

The snow is really falling at Pittodrie now.

 
54’

Thistle have just lost a bit of shape here but Ryan Christie drills a shot / cross way over the Jags bar giving the visitors a chance to regroup.

 
51’

Nervy moments in the Thistle box as Devine misscues his clearance and the ball goes miles into the air but comes back down on top of Cerny. The Jags custodian jumos to claim it bus is clearly fouled and the refs whistle goes.

Tomas receives some quick treatment but is back up and ready to take the free kick. He's just taking his time to get settled after the foul....

 
48’

Thistle almost get caught on a quick break as Christie knocks it over an outrushing Cerny, The ball looks destined for the net and some inside Pittodrie were already celebrating. The cheering was premature though as that man Ryan Edwards clears the ball off the line. Spectacular defending from the Australian.

 
46’

Another cross from the left by Aberdeen but Devine heads clear under no real pressure.

The Dons then get it down and look to play it into the box but it rolls harmlessly through to Cerny.

 
45’

No changes as the second 45 gets underway.

A massive thanks to the 196 hardy Jags fans who have braved the temperatures to get behind the team tonight.

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’+01’Half Time Report

It has been a pretty even first half with very few clear cut chances for either side. Aberdeen have definitely had more of the ball, particularly in the danger areas but the Jags defence has stood up well and have given themselves a solid foundation on which to build in the second half.

With Miles Storey on the bench Archibald has pace to bring on later in the game so plenty still to be optimistic abotu for those of a  red and yellow persuasion.

We'll be back with the second half shortly.

 
45’+01’Half-Time
 
45’

Ryan Christie gets a shot away from the edge of the area but Turnbull is raging as he felt, probably justifiably so, that he had been fouled in the build up. Anyway, the shot went well wide so nothing to worry about!

 
44’

There will be one minute of added time.

 
43’

Thistle coming more into it as the half approaches its finish with some good play in midfield. Still no real chances to report though.

 
41’

Not  a lot to report in the last five minutes. Aberdeen have had more of the ball but Thistle have defended resolutely - the story of the half so far really.

 
35’

Turnbull goes on a run and is fouled 35 yards from goal. Spittal will take the free kick.

It's drifted in tot he back post and headed down at goal but is easy fro Lewis to deal with.

33’Aberdeen corner from the left

Another cross from the left for Aberdeen sees Devine head it clear at the expense of a corner.

It bounces around the area but is evenutally comfortably cleared.

 
30’

Aberdeen threaten to break but the Jags defence stands strong. The ball falls to Christie who hits a speculative shot from distance which Cerny holds comfortably.

 
29’

Great hold up play by Sammon but he can't work the angle for a shot. The ball falls to McCarthy who screws is shot wide.

 
27’

For all Aberdeen have had a lot of pressure the chances have been limited to crosses so far. Probably only one clear cut opportunity for the home side but Thistle need to get the ball further up the pitch if they are to hurt the Dons.

25’Aberdeen corner from the left

Another cross from the left for Aberdeen sees Devine head it clear at the expense of a corner.

The corner itself comes in and actually ends up in the back of the net but, thanks to a high foot, the goal will not count.

 
24’

Thistle carelessly lose the ball in their own half allowing Shinnie to get a cross in but Keown is again there to snuff it out.

21’Thistle corner from the right

First corner of the game goes to Thistle. The corner comes to nothing but Turnbull and McKenna are on the deck so play is stopped.

 
20’

ASome decent play from Thistle as they move the ball quickly to McGinn on the right wing who in turn puts in a decent cross from deep. Barton gets his head to it but can't direct it on target.

 
18’

Chance for Aberdeen as Stewart gets a good shot away from the edge of the area. Cerny gets down quickly and makes a smart save.

 
17’

First chance of the game for Thistle. Sammon gets the ball and uses his strength to create a shooting chance at the edge of the box. It's well placed towards the bottom corner but doesnt have enough power to trouble Lewis in the Aberdeen goal.

 
16’

A strong powerful run down the left by Turnbull allows him to play a great ball to Spittall who in turn creeates space for himslf on the right but the ball goes out via the Aberdeen defender for a Jags throw.

 
14’

Biggest chance of the game for the DOns as McLean plays a superb ball through to Logan on the right wing. He works his way into the Jags box before cutting it back. Rooney was running on and looked certain to score but for a Superb Keown tackle. The ball is evenutally cleared by Barton.

 
12’

Chance for Aberdeen as Greg Stewart evades Blair Spittal to create space for himself in the box. Stewart got the shot away but a bravr block from Keown allows the Jags to deal with it.

 
09’

A whipped cross into the Jags box and Rooney is close to connecting in front of goal. He can't connect though and it ends up in Cerny's hands via the head of Devine.

 
06’

McGinn lofts a ball into the box which Samon wins but there's too much on it for any of his teammates to reach. Aberdeen hit quickly on the break but a cross from the left is straight into the arms of Cerny.

 
03’

Lawless picks up the ball 20 yards onto the Dons half but his looped ball towards Sammon has too much on it and ends up with the Dons' keeper.

 
01’

Mackay-Steven whips in an early cross from the left flank but it goes over everyone and McLean eventually puts it back in only to see it go out for a goal kick to the Jags. The visitors seeing out early Dons pressure.

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

Good evening and welcome to tonight's text commentary of the game between Partick Thistle and Aberdeen.

A trio of changes for the Jags as Kris Doolan, Chris Erskine and Martin Woods all drop out through injury. Jordan Turnbull returns after suspension while Conor Sammon and Andrew McCarthy complete the changes.

It'll be 4-2-3-1 for the Jags with Cerny in goal. McGinn at right back, Turnbull at left back and Keown with Devine in the middle. Barton, Edwards and McCarthy are the midfield three. Spittal on the right wing, Lawless on the left with Conor Sammon up top.

Two years ago, at this time of year, the Jags drew 0-0 here, can Alan Archibald's side go one step better tonight?

It's very cold tonight as the snow falls in the Granite City so please excuse any typos made during the course of tonight's commentary

Match Report

Aberdeen v Partick Thistle – 27th December 2017

Partick Thistle hauled themselves off twelfth spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership with a win over Hamilton in Maryhill and they looked to stay clear of the top flight bottom spot as they travelled to Pittodrie to take on second-placed Aberdeen.

Alan Archibald made three changes to the team that beat Martin Canning’s Hamilton four days prior as late injury troubles forced his hand. Martin Woods, Kris Doolan and Chris Erskine all missed out on squad places, having started at the weekend, due to injury. They were replaced in the starting XI by Conor Sammon, Andrew McCarthy and Jordan Turnbull, who returned from suspension.

The match started slowly for both sides with few shots being taken early on. Greg Stewart saw a shot saved and one blocked as he looked to break the deadlock. At the other end, Conor Sammon had a chance but his attempt on the turn was weak and easily saved.

Thistle almost caught the hosts out on the break after 20 minutes. Paul McGinn received the ball as he broke down the right flank and he whipped a delivery towards the edge of the box. The ball found Barton who then attempted a header on goal but his effort flew well wide as he met the ball to squarely.

Aberdeen had the ball in the net on 25 minutes but it wouldn’t count as the referee chalked it off. A corner came in threatening the Thistle box and it dropped in the six yard box. Adam Rooney and Daniel Devine jostled as they looked to reach the loose ball. Rooney did end up poking the ball home from close range but the referee’s whistle went; punishing a high foot by the Dons striker.

Further half chances fell for the teams with Conor Sammon, Ryan Christie, Andrew McCarthy and Greg Stewart all having sights of goal before the break, however, no one could make a breakthrough ahead of the interval and the game went into half time at 0-0.

The best chance of the game so far almost allowed Aberdeen to take the lead three minutes into the second half. Ryan Christie managed to break the Thistle backline, latching onto a high pass. He then attempted to lift the ball over the in rushing Tomas Cerny. He did that successfully and the as the ball moved towards goal, the Pittodrie crowd seemed ready to burst into celebrations. Those celebrations were halted, though, by Ryan Edwards who cleared the ball off the line.

Thistle would make their first alteration of the match on 56 minutes as Miles Storey replaces Steven Lawless adding a bit more pace to the Jags frontline.

The change was made to give Thistle more of a threat going forward but despite that it would be Aberdeen who took the lead a minute past the hour mark. Ryan Christie used some clever skill to evade the challenges of Ryan Edwards and Daniel Devine before then cutting the ball across goal into the six yard box. His delivery found Aberdeen striker, Adam Rooney who simply tapped home from a couple of yards to put his side ahead.

As the visitors looked to draw level, they created their best chance of the second half with 20 minutes to go. Blair Spittal’s whipped corner was met by Daniel Devine who had peeled off his marker. He stooped to head on goal but got caught under the ball and nodded over from around ten yards.

The Jags made another attacking change as they continued to press for an equaliser. Kevin Nisbet came on for Andrew McCarthy with 15 minutes to go.

Unfortunately for the away side, there was no leveller to be had as the game ended 1-0. Results elsewhere meant that the loss left Thistle bottom of the league in goal difference behind Ross County who picked up a draw against St. Johnstone as the Jags fell to defeat.

Thistle now focus on a crunch match with the aforementioned Ross County in a game that will decide who goes into the winter break bottom of the league. Kick-off is 15:00 from the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.

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Match Reaction

Aberdeen v Partick Thistle – 27th December 2017

Having lifted themselves off the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday with a win over Hamilton, Partick Thistle fell back to the foot of the table with defeat to Aberdeen this evening. A depleted Jags squad made the long trip North to the Granite City still searching for a first away win of the season. Unfortunately for the Maryhill men, the search continues after another game without victory on the road. A solitary goal from Adam Rooney was enough to see the Dons to victory at Pittodrie as the visitors failed to answer the second half opener. Thistle boss, Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk after the game to share his thoughts on the match.

Despite the defeat, Archie seemed pleased with the general performance of his side who suffered from some training injuries during the week.

“It was good overall. The first half was better than the second both going forward and in the back line. We knew that they were going to start quickly after their loss on Saturday and I thought we rode the waves of pressure very well. They were limited to few chances and most of the shots they did have were from outside the box.”

The gaffer was, however, displeased with the manner in which Thistle conceded the Adam Rooney goal which proved to be the winner.

“In the end, we let ourselves down defensively for the goal. When you’re playing the top teams, if they produce a moment of magic then sometimes you have to hold your hands up but they score from a throw-in; there’s nothing glamorous about that. It undermines all the good work we did throughout the match and in the end costs us the game.”

Although there was that momentary lapse which led to the goal, Alan was happy with the way that his side carried out his game plan overall.

“The plan was to make ourselves hard to break down which is something we’ve improved in recent games. We played out the plan almost perfectly in the first half but I think we struggled to match the intensity of Aberdeen in the second half. The key was to keep things close because even if you’re a goal down, that’s only one chance away from a draw. We didn’t do enough going forward in the second half to warrant a point but it’s tough to freshen things up in the second 45 when we don’t have a strong bench.”

The Thistle boss then looked ahead to the Jags’ clash with Ross County at the weekend. Both sides sit in 17 points with Ross County only ahead on goal difference and with the match representing Thistle’s last before the winter break it becomes hugely important for the men in red and yellow.

“It’s a massive game. Tonight they picked up a point which takes them above us but we know that a win on Saturday takes us off the bottom which is a huge incentive. It’s at home which is key as our home form has been brilliant lately and we’ll be looking to continue that. Hopefully a couple of the guys who missed the game tonight can make it for Saturday too, to give us a boost.”

As Archie mentioned, it’s Ross County next up for Thistle as they now prepare to face the Staggies on Saturday at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill. Kick-off is at 15:00 in Maryhill.

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