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Scottish League Cup
Wed 25 September, 2013

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Dundee United v Partick Thistle – 25th September 2013

With Celtic making a shock exit from the competition yesterday evening this season’s Scottish League Cup tournament just got that bit more interesting. There are still many hurdles for the eventual winners to overcome but the belief of all the remaining teams that they can emulate St Mirren’s triumph of last season grew just that bit stronger over night.
Our own third round tie away to Dundee United could scarcely be tougher but when [link:HOME] caught up with manager Alan Archibald yesterday afternoon he was looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“There is no doubt that we face a very difficult game indeed. Dundee United have a whole host of attacking players that can cause you problems. We feel though that we are capable of going to Tannadice and getting a win; we want to do well in this competition.”
Alan continued;
“We’ve already played United in the league this season and, with Jackie McNamara and others returning to Firhill there was a lot of hype surrounding that match. There hasn’t been anywhere near the same level of attention for this game which I think is a good thing. It’s meant that we just been able to get on with things and prepare for the game without any fuss.”
The manager does have a couple of injury problems ahead of the trip to Dundee; the team heading up early afternoon.
“Jordan McMillan is still out and there is a doubt surrounding Stuart Bannigan. On the plus side it was nothing more than a heavy cramp that Isaac Osbourne suffering from when he came off towards the end of Saturday’s game and he should be fine. I actually thought that all three of our substitutes did well when they came on at the weekend and we’ve other players that are desperate to get involved. With three games in seven days we will make the best use of the squad.”
Partick Thistle Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
2              1              2              6              7
Scorers Season 2013-2014
Steven Lawless 3
Aaron Muirhead 3
Conrad Balatoni 1
Kris Doolan 1
Christie Elliott 1
Ross Forbes 1
Kallum Higginbotham 1
Stephen O’Donnell 1
Last Game
Scottish Premiership
Saturday September 21st 2013
Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 1
Dundee United Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
3              1              1              13           8
Scorers Season 2013-2014
Nadir Ciftci 4
Stuart Armstrong 3
Ryan Gauld 2
Gary MacKay-Steven 2
David Goodwillie 1
Andrew Robertson 1
Keith Watson 1
Last Game
Scottish Premiership
Sunday September 22nd 2013
Dundee United 2, Motherwell 2
Last Meeting
Scottish Premiership
Friday August 2nd 2013
Partick Thistle 0, Dundee United 0
Thistle: Fox, O’Donnell, Taylor-Sinclair, Welsh, Muirhead, Balatoni, Fraser (Forbes), Bannigan, Craigen (Elliott), Lawless, Doolan (Baird).
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Watson, Dillon, Butcher, Robertson, Paton, Armstrong, Dow (Graham), Gauld (Erskine), Ciftci (MacKay-Steven), Goodwillie.
Crowd: 7,822
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Match Details
Scottish League Cup Third Round
Wednesday September 25th 2013
Dundee United v Partick Thistle
Kick-off: 7:45pm
(extra-time and penalties if required)
Adults £15
Concessions (65 and over/over 12 and under 18/full time students) £7
Under 12 £5
How to get to Tannadice
Supporters Bus Information
Match Officials
Referee: Calum Murray
Assistant Referees: Raymond Whyte and Graeme Leslie
Fourth Official: Craig Charleston
Other Fixtures
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Hearts v Queen of the South
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Match Report

Dundee United v Partick Thistle – 25th September 2013

Thistle’s interest in this season’s League Cup competition ended with defeat against Dundee United at Tannadice; the 4-1 final score in United’s favour hardly an accurate reflection of the passage of play over the course of the 90 minutes.
Going into the game manager Alan Archibald made four changes from the side that had drawn 1-1 with Kilmarnock a few days earlier. Ross Forbes, Gabriel Piccolo, Mark Kerr and Christie Elliott all earning a berth in the starting eleven.
As they had done against Kilmarnock, Thistle made a brisk, positive start to the game winning the game’s first corner after just 22 seconds. Indeed over the course of the game Thistle would win no fewer ten corners and the general poor delivery from them was one of the frustrating aspects of the game.
There was frustration too that Thistle weren’t able to translate some excellent passing football into clear cut goal scoring opportunities. At times during the opening 45 minutes Thistle took a grip on the midfield and were able to dictate the play but rarely threatened the home goal.
With the score still 0-0 their best opportunities both fell to Ross Forbes. In the 15th minute he drilled an excellent cross into the United six yard box but no Thistle player was able to take advantage of it. Three minutes later Forbes had Cierzniak scrambling with a shot from 25 yards that went just wide of target.
At the other end Scott Fox had to produce a smart save to deny Brian Graham in the 28th minute in what was, to that point, the best chance of the game.
An even better chance would come United’s way just two minutes later and this time they took it. There was a touch of good fortune surrounding the goal with a slip from Conrad Balatoni presenting David Goodwillie with the opportunity but a striker of Goodwillie’s quality was never going to pass up an opportunity like that and he duly poked the ball home from about 10 yards out.
Thistle nearly drew level five minutes before the break. Kris Doolan was able to out muscle a United defender inside the penalty box but he couldn’t quite squeeze the ball home; the ball almost running along the United goal line but not dropping over the line.
Half-time was looming, and Thistle were starting to bemoan their misfortune in going in a half-time a goal behind, when they found themselves two goals behind. Goodwillie was again the scorer this time heading home a Wilson corner from the left.
There was no lack of effort from Thistle as they attempted to overturn a two goal deficit in the second 45 minutes but they again were unable to put the Dundee United goal under any serious pressure. Kallum Higginbotham did manage an effort on target just before the hour mark but although his shot was cleanly struck Cierzniak was well positioned to save.
James Craigen too had a shooting opportunity but he snatched at his effort with 12 minutes remaining after fellow sub John Baird had laid the ball back into his path.
Goodwillie was inches away from connecting with an Armstrong cross in the 80th minute and completing his hat-trick but five minutes later United did seal their place in the next round. Goodwillie saw his effort rebound off the base of the post but Thistle’s good fortune was short-lived as Ryan Dow was on hand to tap the ball home.
Thistle kept trying and John Baird was unlucky to see a shot cleared off the line although the decision to restart the game with a goal kick baffled most people inside the ground.
Thistle did get themselves on the score sheet when, with the 90 minutes all but completed, Christie Elliott created a chance for himself which he took with a neat finish.
It wasn’t, however, the game’s final goal. That arrived for the home side with the game in injury time. Thistle were caught on the counter attack following a poorly taken corner and when the ball was squared to David Goodwillie he duly completed his hat-trick with a confident finish low into the back of the net.

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