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Tue 26 October, 2021. Kick Off: - 19:30
Cappielow Park

Fixture Information: 

Ticketing information: 

Cash gates will be in operation at Cappielow for this fixture.

Any Thistle supporters who wish to purchase their tickets in advance of the game, can do so at http://www.gmfctickets.co.uk/

For more information on how to purchase your ticket online, please click here. 

Tickets are priced as below:

Adult – £20

Concessions – £15

A concession is classed as over 65s, students and people aged between 18-20 years old*

Child(aged 12-17) – £10

Child(under 12) – £1

*proof of ID verifying age/student status may be required at the turnstile.

Thistle supporters will be located in the Cowshed area of Cappielow with seating available in the Main Stand for supporters who require it.

Supporters’ Buses:

City Centre Branch:

Pick ups:

Q Club – 17:45

Station Bar – 18:00

For seats call Duncan 07979496154 or e-mail  

 

John Lambie Jordanhill Branch:

Pick ups:

Jordanhill Station – 18:15

Thornwood Bar – 18:20

Prices:

Adults – £11

Concessions – £7

Booking is essential and priority will be given to former members and regulars. Seating will be limited and face-coverings must worn: this follows instructions from the coach company.

To make a booking phone or e-mail Alistair on 07817612563 or   Alternatively phone or e-mail Iain on 07779668357 or  

 

North-West Branch:

Pick ups:

Milngavie Railway Station – 17:45

Esquire House, Anniesland – 18:05

Maryhill Community Central Halls – 18:20

Fares:

Full fare – £11

Concessions – £6.50

Please remember that the wearing of a face covering is mandatory at all times when on the North-West bus and will remain so until government guidelines are changed.

To book seats please email  

Greenock Morton
1
Jack Hamilton
4
Brian McLean
5
Oisin McEntee (Michael Ledger 32)
6
Kyle Jacobs
7
Gary Oliver
8
Cameron Blues (Lewis McGrattan 88)
10
Reece Lyon
14
Gavin Reilly (Jimmy Knowles 75)
15
Mark Russell
21
Jaakko Oksanen
47
Alan Lithgow
 
Subs
2
Michael Ledger
3
Lewis Strapp
9
Robbie Muirhead
12
Jimmy Knowles
16
Darren Hynes
17
Lewis McGrattan
22
Tom Allan
Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Richard Foster
3
Kevin Holt
4
Lewis Mayo
6
Kyle Turner
7
Scott Tiffoney
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Brian Graham (Ross MacIver 81)
10
Zak Rudden (Cammy Smith 69)
18
Tunji Akinola
23
Ross Docherty (Shea Gordon 76)
 
Subs
28
Mason McCready
11
Cammy Smith
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
17
Connor Murray
19
Ross MacIver
32
Jake Hastie
 
Subs
2
Michael Ledger
3
Lewis Strapp
9
Robbie Muirhead
12
Jimmy Knowles
16
Darren Hynes
17
Lewis McGrattan
22
Tom Allan
 
Subs
28
Mason McCready
11
Cammy Smith
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
17
Connor Murray
19
Ross MacIver
32
Jake Hastie
Match Preview

Greenock Morton v Partick Thistle – 26th October 2021

The management team’s written previews and reactions are presented by The Jags Trust. You can keep up to date with the latest from The Jags Trust by visiting their website, www.jagstrust.com.

Partick Thistle are back on their travels on Tuesday night as they make the trip to Cappielow to take on Greenock Morton. The Jags will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Dunfermline on Saturday while Morton will be looking to end a run of eight league games without victory. Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the game:

“I think Saturday’s game was below the levels that we’ve come to expect as a team so having a game straight away on the Tuesday gives us a chance to bounce back. Although we weren’t at our best against Dunfermline, we know we’re capable of better so we have that belief going to Cappielow that we can get the three points.”

Reflecting on the Dunfermline game further, Neil admitted it felt like a bit of an opportunity missed for the Maryhill men.

“We went into the game looking to win and we certainly had enough of the ball to go and win the game but we just struggled to create chances for whatever reason. They came with a game plan which was to sit in and keep things compact and that meant we had to be proactive in breaking them down but we couldn’t manage it in the end.

“They didn’t leave much space at all for our attacking players to work in but we still should have been able to create more than what we did. It wasn’t a lack of effort though and we threw plenty at it towards the end of the game but it just didn’t happen for us.”

Going forward, Scally expects there will be more games like Saturday’s where teams challenge Thistle to break them down and he knows the Jags will need to find a way to score goals against stubborn opposition.

“It’s always tough when teams sit a lot of players behind the ball but I think we might see more of that because of how many goals we’ve scored already this season. In games like that though, the longer it stays 0-0 the tougher it gets whereas if you can grab a goal early even from a half-chance or something then it changes the whole complexion of the game.”

The draw on Saturday represented a third clean sheet in four home games and Neil says the management team have been very pleased with the way the backline has developed this season.

“We’ve been able to keep a consistent selection in the last few league games and I definitely think that’s helped the defence. The partnership of Tunji and Lewis looks really strong and with Richard Foster and Kevin Holt in there too, we look pretty solid at the moment.

“Dunfermline only really had one clear chance at the weekend and when it came, Jamie Sneddon comes out and makes a great saves so we’re really happy with how that defensive unit is working at the moment and hopefully they just continue like that.”

Scally finished by giving us the latest update regarding team news.

“There’s no real change on the injury front at the moment so it’ll be the same squad available as last week. Kevin Holt obviously had that knock but he was able to play with it on Saturday and hasn’t had any problems since then so he should be fine again.”

Exclusive video interviews with Tunji Akinola and Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally will be available for JagZone subscribers to watch today – log in to view.

JagZone subscribers will be able to tune in to live audio commentary for our clash with Greenock Morton, starting at 7:00pm – click here to tune in.

We’ll have extended highlights and a full game replay of the fixture on JagZone following the game.

Article Copyright © 2021. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to ptfc.co.uk.

93’Full Time Report

It's a second goalless draw for Thistle in the space of a few days. 

 
92’Full Time
 
90’+02’

This corner drifts out at the back post. 

90’+02’Greenock Morton corner from the right
 
90’+01’

There is a great chance for Morton at the back post but it is blocked. 

90’+01’Greenock Morton corner from the right
 
90’

The 90 minutes have come and gone without a goal. Into injury time. 

89’Greenock Morton Booking - Mark Russell
87’Greenock Morton substitution: Lewis McGrattan replaces Cameron Blues
 
86’

Holt thunders in a shot that Hamilton manages to push away from goal. 

 
85’

MacIver flicks Turner's corner goalwards but Hamilton collects. 

85’Thistle corner from the right
 
84’

Sneddon gets a good solid punch to the free kick. 

 
83’

Morton have a free kick in a dangerous position on the left after a foul from Foster. 

80’Thistle substitution: Ross MacIver replaces Brian Graham
 
80’

Turner's corner eventually finds it way to Tiffoney but he lashes a shot over the bar. 

79’Thistle corner from the right
 
77’

Foster clips a ball into the Morton box that is far too close to Hamilton. 

75’Thistle substitution: Shea Gordon replaces Ross Docherty
74’Greenock Morton substitution: Jimmy Knowles replaces Gavin Reilly
 
72’

A Reilly shot goes high over Sneddon's crossbar. 

68’Thistle substitution: Cammy Smith replaces Zak Rudden
 
68’

Sneddon gets a strong hand to the corner but Morton continue to press and a low ball fizzes across the face of the Thistle goal which only needs a touch for the opening goal. 

67’Greenock Morton corner from the right
67’Greenock Morton corner from the left
 
66’

Morton again partially clear Turner's corner. He again gets the ball back and crosses again only for Hamilton to claim his cross. 

65’Thistle corner from the left
 
63’

Turner's corner is partially cleared, Turner gets it back and when he crosses this time Graham is able to stab the ball towards goal but Hamilton makes a comfortable save. 

62’Thistle corner from the left

Thistle have their first corner of the night. 

 
60’

Tiffoney, in the centre of the pitch, finds some space. He passes to Bannigan to his right who in turn finds Foster but his cross is claimed by Hamilton. 

 
58’

Oksanen launches a free kick deep into the Thistle box. It goes into a dangerous area but nobody can get a touch to it and it goes out for a goal kick. 

 
55’

Mayo blocks an Oliver shot with Akinola on hand to tidy up at the edge of the box. 

 
53’

A Blues shot from outside the Thistle box goes over Sneddon's crossbar. 

 
52’

A free kick from wide on the Morton right is swung deep into the Thistle box but Sneddon is there to claim the ball. 

 
49’

Rudden heads on a Tiffoney cross. Graham ends up on the ground as he tries to get on the end of Rudden's flick on but there is no chance of a penalty there. 

 
48’

Sneddon shows safe hands too claim a cross at his near post. 

 
45’

Back underway. No half-time changes from Thistle. 

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

Thistle started promisingly spurning a good opportunity to take the lead inside the first couple of minutes but since then the game has disintegrated into a bit of a untidy mess. 

Thistle probably did have marginally the better of the opening 45 minutes but it was the home side that were on top immediately prior to the half-time whistle. 

The overhead conditions of wind, Thistle having it at their backs in the first half, and rain aren't helping the game any as a spectacle but Thistle will be hoping for a big improvement in the second half if they want to take maximum points back to Glasgow. 

 
45’Half-Time
 
45’

We're in first half injury time. 

 
43’

Thistle are under a spot of pressure here but Akinola managed to push the ball out the box and out for a throw. Thistle won't be too unhappy to hear the half time whistle. 

 
42’

The free kick is touched to Lyon whose low drive is blocked by the wall. 

 
41’

Morton win a free kick close to the edge of the Thistle box and just left of centre. 

 
38’

A Rudden shot takes a deflection. It's never threatening the Morton goal but Hamilton still has to look sharp to prevent a corner. 

 
38’

Its a really poor corner that Sneddon simply picks up at his front post. 

37’Greenock Morton corner from the left
 
36’

Morton look in vain for a corner as a cross is fired in from the right. Akinola is certainly sharp across but the referee rules that the final touch came from a Morton player. 

 
32’

Docherty collides with a defender at the edge of the Morton box. It takes him a few seconds but he gets back to his feet without requiring any treatment. 

31’Greenock Morton substitution: Michael Ledger replaces Oisin McEntee
 
30’

Docherty pushes a pass out wide to Foster on the right. He crosses for Graham whose header drops wide of target. 

 
27’

We've a break in play for Morton's McEntee to receive some treatment. Both benches are giving instructions to their players. 

 
26’

Lyon drags a shot well wide of Sneddon's right hand post. It's all fairly untidy at the moment. 

 
24’

Oliver drills a low cross from the right across the face of the Thistle goal. There's no touch to it though and it goes out for a throw on the far side. 

 
22’

Mayo is able to nudge the ball away from Reilly and back to Sneddon. 

 
18’

Oksanen is able to glance a cross from the left towards the Thistle goal but it is an easy save for Sneddon to make. 

 
16’

Sneddon collects the corner and launches a swift Thistle counter attack. Docherty finds Rudden whose shot is saved by Hamilton but the striker has strayed fractionally offside in any case. 

16’Greenock Morton corner from the right
 
14’

Tiffoney again finds room on the left. His deep cross finds Foster who touches it to Turner whose shot is blocked. 

 
14’

Tiffoney gets past his marker down the left but his cross from almost on the bye line is blocked. 

 
11’

Akinola does well to get his head to the ball and get it back safely to Sneddon ahead of Oliver. 

 
04’

There is a hint of a chance for Graham at the edge of the box as Thistle continue to make a promising start. His shot though is blocked by a defender. 

 
02’

Thistle nearly make a dream start. Rudden forces Hamilton into a save with Tiffoney sending the rebound over the crossbar. 

 
00’

We're underway. Thistle will be shooting towards the Wee Dublin End of Cappielow this evening. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

There is a settled look to the Thistle side selected to face Morton at Cappielow this evening although Ian McCall does make his first change in four league games with Kyle Turner returning to the starting eleven at the expense of Cammy Smith who drops to the bench. 

Match Report

Greenock Morton v Partick Thistle – 26th October 2021

Partick Thistle looked to get back to winning ways following a goalless draw against Dunfermline as they travelled to Cappielow to face Greenock Morton in their first midweek fixture of the league season.

Ian McCall made one change to the side which started against the Pars with Kyle Turner replacing Cammy Smith on the right-hand side of the midfield.

It was almost a lightning-fast start for the Jags as Lewis Mayo stepped forward to win a header from Jack Hamilton’s goal kick. The ball bounced to Brian Graham who cleverly flicked it over the Morton defence for Zak Rudden to run onto. The striker tried to slot the ball past Hamilton but the ex-Hearts ‘keeper got down well to make the save before Scott Tiffoney fired the rebound over the bar.

Zak Rudden found himself in a good position to score once again after 16 minutes. A quick Jamie Sneddon throw got Kyle Turner moving down the right flank with Rudden making a run in the centre of the box. Turner picked out the number 10 who controlled and tried to slot home but was once again denied by Hamilton though the assistant referee’s flag was raised in any case.

Thistle threatened from wide on the right once again on the half-hour mark. Ross Docherty fed the ball to the onrushing Richard Foster who then picked out Brian Graham with a cross which found the striker at least 16 yards from goal. Graham attempted a first-time header but saw his attempt fly a yard or so wide of the near post.

The home side created their first serious opening of the match with ten minutes to go until half-time. Cameron Blues received the ball down as he made a bursting run into the Thistle box on the Morton right, proceeding to drill the ball towards the front post area. Gary Oliver was making a good run across the six-yard box and got to the ball first, however, under pressure from Tunji Akinola he was unable to direct a shot on target.

Morton continued to grow into things as the game moved deep into the second half and they were inches away from an opener in the 69th minute. A corner, which was initially punched by Jamie Sneddon, was kept alive by the Ton and moved over to the right wing where Jaakko Oksanen had found some space just inside the Thistle box. He drilled a low ball towards the goalmouth area where Gavin Reilly was making a run but the former St. Mirren attacker couldn’t quite get a foot to the ball and it slid away for a goal kick.

The visiting Jags’ best opportunity of the second period came about 10 minutes later for Scott Tiffoney. The ball dropped to the winger from a corner via a Lewis Mayo flick on and Tiffoney did well to settle the ball with his first touch. The number seven then took aim with his right-foot but just as he did in the opening couple of minutes, he cleared the bar with his shot.

There was almost a dramatic late winner for the hosts as Alan Lithgow went close in injury time. A corner from in front of the away fans was missed by everyone and found its way to Lithgow at the far post. Like Tiffoney, he produced a useful first touch to set himself for the shot, however, he kept his effort down and Jamie Sneddon was needed to keep the ball out and secure the point Thistle.

Match Reaction

Greenock Morton v Partick Thistle – 26th October 2021

The management team’s written previews and reactions are presented by The Jags Trust. You can keep up to date with the latest from The Jags Trust by visiting their website, www.jagstrust.com.

Having gone through the entirety of the first quarter of cinch Championship games without a draw, Partick Thistle have made it back-to-back stalemates since the start of the second quarter. The Jags drew 0-0 with Greenock Morton tonight following on from Saturday’s scoreless affair against Dunfermline Athletic as they once again struggled to carve out many clear-cut chances. The Firhill side had their best opportunity of the game after just a couple of minutes when Zak Rudden burst onto a long ball over the top of the Morton defence only to be denied by Jack Hamilton. The home side almost stole a late win when the ball fell to Alan Lithgow at the back post from a high delivery into the box, however, the defender’s half-volley was cleared off the line by Stuart Bannigan and the game finished level. Thistle boss Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk after the match:

“It was another game where we didn’t do enough to deserve to win which is disappointing. Like Saturday, we lacked a spark going forward and couldn’t create chances despite getting into some good positions. We were finding space in the wide areas but couldn’t get the crosses right and a point was all either team deserved in the end.”

Having drawn a blank at the weekend, McCall was frustrated to see his team struggling to create chances again tonight.

“It’s unlike us but that’s now two games in a row where we’ve had enough of the ball to do something but failed to threaten the other team’s goal. Zak had a good chance early on and that could have changed the whole game but it doesn’t go in and after that we barely have a shot on goal. Tiff had one that fell to him from a corner but there wasn’t much more to talk about than that.”

Despite the team attacking woes, the game did represent another clean sheet for the team which pleased the gaffer.

“The back four did well again; we’re very happy with how they’re doing at the moment. Again Tunji and Mayo looked solid and they had to do a lot of the dirty side of the game tonight. Everyone gave their all and they were throwing their bodies in for blocks so we can’t fault their commitment, we were just disappointed with the lack of attacking intent.”

Jamie Sneddon was singled out for a bit of extra praise as the goalkeeper claimed his fourth clean sheet in nine league games this term.

“Jamie didn’t actually have much to do tonight in terms of saves but he still played well with the way he came for crosses and the way he distributed the ball. A couple of times he started counter-attacks with long throws after he caught crosses and that’s a good asset.”

The team now turn their attentions to Saturday’s cinch Championship clash with Inverness as Thistle look to avenge the 3-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Caley Jags earlier this season.

“It’s another really big game and we’ll need to be better than we have been over these past two games. We know we’re capable of better though so we have to go into Saturday with belief. The league has really tightened up recently so we have to look at this game as a chance to get a big three points to move closer to the teams at the top of the league.”

Further reaction from Thistle manager Ian McCall will be available for JagZone subscribers to watch tonight – log in to view.

We’ll also have extended highlights and a full game replay of today’s match on JagZone tonight.

Article Copyright © 2021. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to ptfc.co.uk.

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