Sat 8 January, 2022. Kick Off: - 15:00
Fountain of Youth Stadium
Ticket information and Live Stream
No Thistle fans will be allowed to attend Saturday’s cinch Championship fixture against Hamilton Academical
A live stream of the match will be available through Accies TV.
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It's an entertaining game of football on a cold day but a frustrating outcome for Thistle.
They lead twice but have to settle for a point despite creating numerous chances throughout and winning a series of corners right at the death.
Hamilton too will feel that this was a game they could have won with a Hamiton header smashing off the Thistle crossbar.
Smith's shot takes a deflection and crawls wide of the post with Hilton beaten.
Well into injury time.
Smith whips over great cross that no Thistle player can get a touch to.
Mayo gets his head to Turner's corner and is drops right at Hilton.
A Tiffoney shot is deflected wide.
Sneddon's there too to claim the corner.
Sneddon gets a fingertip to a Ryan free kick from distance.
Thistle are on the back foot as the home side get the scent of a late winner and Akinola does well to head clear a dangerous cross from Smith.
Murray does well to whip over a cross from the right but MacIver can't near enough to it and Hilton takes charge.
It's a good corner from Mimnaugh that finds the head of Hamilton and his header comes back off the Thistle crossbar as the home side are a fraction away from taking the lead,
Rudden threads a great ball through for Tiffoney but Hilton spreads himself and is able to block Tiffoney's effort.
Minnaugh's corner is too deep but Thistle don't clear and when the ball comes back in Popescu is able to force the ball home.
Thistle are back in front. A cross finds Graham at the back post. He heads the ball back towards goal and Rudden forces home from close range.
Turner does well to work the ball wide to Tiffoney on the left. Although Tiffoney manages to get into the box and poke a shot towards goal there is no power behind it and Hilton makes an easy save.
Hamilton has the ball in a good position for the home side on the right hand side but overhits his cross and an opportunity is lost for Accies.
Tiffoney simply brushes aside Hamilton down the left hand side and cuts the ball back to graham who knocks his shot wide of target.
Ryan goes for power rather than direction and although Sneddon gets a hand to his penalty he finds the roof of the net to level the scores.
A rash challenge from Mayo on Smith gives Hamilton a penalty
With Accies looking for offside Thistle break quickly and Tiffoney advances into the box but his finish is poor and goes wide of goal.
Hamilton work a short corner to Ryan whose route to goal is blocked by a well timed challenge from Crawford.
We're back underway. No changes at the break.
There was little between the teams in an opening 45 minutes where both sides had spells on top.
Thistle though probably looked the more dangerous with Hilton saving well from Rudden and Turner before Tiffoney's free kick right on the stroke of half-time gave them the lead.
Docherty shapes up to take the free kick but steps over the ball leaving it to Tiffoney to rifle a low shot into the net.
Docherty is caught on the very edge of the Hamilton box.
Tiffoney drills a low cross into the box from the left that Hilton is down sharp to intercept.
Turner forces Hilton into a good stop at his left hand post.
Ryan's free kick goes to the back post where it finds the head of Popescu whose header is thankfully straight at Sneddon who scrambles the ball away from his goal.
Akinola catches the heels of Ryan and Hamilton have a free kick on the edge of the box on the left hand side.
Hamilton picks up the ball about 25 yards from the Thistle goal and fizzes a shot narrowly over Sneddon's crossbar
Turner lifts his corner to the edge of the 6 yard box where it is headed clear.
Turner clips the free kick into the Hamilton box but it is well defended and that spell of Thistle pressure ends.
Turner's corner is cleared but Thistle win a free kick near the corner of the Accies box.
Nearly the opener for Thistle. Docherty's pass finds Rudden and Hilton saves his shot at his front post.
Even very early on the game has become a bit tetchy and the referee has had words with Thistle skipper Ross Docherty. The game is certainly being punctuated with a series of fouls at present.
It looks as if Graham has come off second best in an aerial challenge with Popescu but is quickly back to his feet and play restarts with a bounce ball.
The home side have looked eager early on and Winter drags a shot wide of goal but had strayed offside in any case.
It's Turner on the right of the Thistle midfield and Tiffoney on the left with Docherty and Crawford occupying the central midfield positions. Otherwise it's exactly as you would expect this line up to be shape up.
And defend Thistle have to do very early on but Sneddon sees Virtanen's shot from the edge of the box and holds comfortably.
Kyle Turner kicks the game off for Thistle who are defending the traditional away end at New Douglas Park in the first half.
Thistle return to action this afternoon for the first time since December 18th albeit without the much missed Red and Yellow Army to lend their vocal support.
Ian McCall's team selection this afternoon shows two changes from the side that defeated Raith Rovers three weeks ago.
New signing Robbie Crawford, wearing number 22, slots straight into the starting eleven and there is also a start for Kyle Turner who scored that last gasp winner last time out.
The games began in 2022 for Partick Thistle as they took on Hamilton at the Fountain of Youth Stadium where they were 6-1 victors earlier in the season.
However, a much-improved Hamilton side came into the game off the back of three wins in five league games including an impressive 3-0 win against Queen of the South at Palmerston Park.
Ian McCall made two changes to the side which had beaten Raith Rovers in the Jags’ last game with a debut for January signing Robbie Crawford in place of the absent Stuart Bannigan. Match-winner from that game against Raith Kyle Turner also came into the side as Cammy Smith dropped to the bench.
Hamilton started the better of the two sides rather unsurprisingly as Thistle settled into their first game in three weeks following a chain of call-offs over the festive period. Nevertheless, the best effort on goal Accies managed in the opening stages was a 25-yarder from Miko Virtanen which Jamie Sneddon safely caught.
The match continued in a stop-start manner with lots of fouls stopping any chance of a tempo developing. Again, long-range efforts provided the only excitement with Jamie Hamilton firing high and wide from well outside the box after 24 minutes.
It was a half of football which probably didn’t deserve a goal, however, it got one right on the stroke of half-time. Ross Docherty was fouled at the edge of the Hamilton box and Scott Tiffoney stepped up to take the set piece. The number seven rifled a low effort into the bottom corner on the goalkeeper’s side to get his fourth of the season and put Thistle into the lead at the break.
It didn’t take long at the start of the second half for Accies to respond though. The Jags gave the ball away near their own penalty area and Lewis Smith carried the ball into the box. He was confronted by Lewis Mayo who tried to get a toe to the ball as Smith headed for the by-line but Mayo’s only got the man and Willie Collum pointed to the spot. Andy Ryan took the penalty and despite Jamie Sneddon getting a hand to it, the former Dunfermline striker found the net to bring the hosts level.
The away side almost produced a quick reaction of their own as Scott Tiffoney set up Brian Graham for a chance after racing away from Jamie Hamilton, however, Graham couldn’t hit the target with a first-time finish.
Despite that, Thistle didn’t have to wait much longer for another go-ahead goal and it was Zak Rudden who got it. It all came from a Richard Foster interception as he won the ball high up the pitch before laying it on to Kyle Turner on the right flank. Turner then floated it to the back post where Brian Graham was able to knock it down to Zak Rudden for an easy tap-in.
Once again though, Hamilton weren’t wilting and they struck back just three minutes later in the 66th minute. Thistle didn’t clear the ball properly from a Reegan Mimnaugh corner and that led to another cross coming in from the opposite side of the box. The second delivery found Mihai Popescu who contorted his body to force a shot goalwards which neither Brian Graham nor Jamie Sneddon could keep out on the line.
With points so valuable heading into the second half of the season neither team was settling for just one. Accies almost went ahead with 11 minutes to play as Reegan Mimnaugh found Jamie Hamilton with a corner but the number 6’s effort crashed back off the crossbar before being cleared.
The Jags got a second win as the game entered the final five minutes and there was a flurry if chances for Ian McCall’s side to take the win. Firstly, Scott Tiffoney cut in from the right and had a pop at goal which was deflected behind by Matthew Shiels.
From the resulting corner Thistle could hardly have been any closer. A Kyle Turner corner to the back post reached Kevin Holt and the defender met the ball well to send it towards goal. The ‘keeper was beaten but, fortunately for the home side, there was a defender on the post to block the attempt before Joe Hilton gathered.
There was one last scare for Accies as the ball made it’s way to Cammy Smith in the second phase of a corner. The number 11 tried a low shot which took a deflection and trickled just wide of goal.
So, the points were shared after all at the Fountain of Youth Stadium despite Thistle having led twice. Next up for the Maryhill men in the visit of Kilmarnock for some Friday night football at 7:45pm on 14th January.
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Partick Thistle returned to action for the first time since 18th December 2021 as they headed to the Fountain of Youth Stadium to take on Hamilton Accies. Having won each of the previous two matches between the side, honours were even this time as the sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Goals from Scott Tiffoney and Zak Rudden had Thistle in front twice but a penalty from Andy Ryan and Mihai Popescu’s equaliser ensured Thistle headed back to Maryhill with just a point.
Thistle Manager, Ian McCall, spoke to ptfc.co.uk shortly after the full time whistle.
“It was a tough game for us when you consider everything that has happened over the last couple of weeks. We hadn’t played since before Christmas and I think, maybe, at times that showed. That said, we did have the chances to win the game and could have nicked it at the end but we’ll take our point and move on.
“There was maybe a little bit of rust at the start of the game and I thought with 25 minutes to go we’d run out of legs, but we went for our second wind in the last five minutes or so. We had a number of corners, one was cleared off the line and a couple took deflections that just landed on the wrong side of the goal from our perspective.”
Robbie Crawford made his Thistle debut completing the full ninety minutes and the gaffer was pleased with how he settled into the side.
“I thought he did well. What really helped is the understanding him and Ross Docherty already had from playing together so that made it a bit easier for him to integrate into the starting line up. He hasn’t played in a little while so he’ll only get better for us but I think he showed exactly why we went out to get him.”
Thistle led twice with goals from Scott Tiffoney and Zak Rudden and the manager was pleased they both got on the scoresheet.
“It was great timing to score the opener and a good hit from Tiffoney who I thought was electric today. He was a key player for us today and he had a great chance which on another day he takes and there were a couple of times where a better pass and we’re in a scoring opportunity.
“Zak’s goal was a natural, instinctive finish but it was a really well worked move for us. Richard Foster wins a ball he probably shouldn’t, Kyle Turner puts a fantastic cross into a good area and Brian Graham uses all his experience to set up Zak to finish from close range.
“Defensively we have been really good over the last couple of months but today we conceded a couple of uncharacteristic goals. The first one is just a couple of mistakes before we concede the penalty and the second is one we know we can definitely do a lot better at. I thought for most of the game we did well defensively but we were punished for the mistakes we made.”
It’s Friday night football at Firhill next week and it is one Ian is looking forward to.
“We’re looking ahead to the game this week, I’d prefer it to be on Saturday so we can a full week of training, I think that would really help but it is what it is. We’ll prepare as best we can and look forward to the game under the Firhill floodlights.
“We missed our fans today, but we know we can get 500 into Firhill next Friday and I know they’ll make a lot of noise and get right behind the team for what should be a terrific match.”
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