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SPFL Ladbrokes Championship
Sat 26 October, 2019. Kick Off: - 15:00
The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill

Prices

Adults:  £20

Concessions (over 65s and students):  £15

Juveniles (under 16):  £5 *

*supporters under the age of 16 can apply for a free season ticket at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth before the game.

 

Travelling Support

Away fans will be housed in the north end of the Jackie Husband Stand entering the stadium via turnstiles 40 and 41 only.

There is a cash gate for Arbroath supporters and a card payment option will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.

 

JagZone LIVE v Arbroath

Our audio commentary service, JagZone LIVE, will be providing full audio coverage as Thistle look to build on last week’s win at Dens Park.

The build-up to the game with our commentary team will begin at 2:45pm, 15 minutes ahead of kick-off.

To listen to the broadcast, simply log in to your Jagzone account, click on the audio commentary tab and press the play button on the player.

Jagzone LIVE is only available to Jagzone subscribers so sign up here to listen to the show.

 

Match Programme v Arbroath

This weekend, Partick Thistle take on Arbroath in the Ladbrokes Championship as leaue action returns to the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.

Our matchday programme for the game will be available for just £3.

Included in the programme will be:

  • An in-depth interview with Raffaele De Vita
  • A look at De Vita’s Career So Far.
  • The thoughts of Jags chairman. David Beattie.
  • A statistical view of this weekend’s fixture.
  • Activities for your Junior Jags.
  • An update from the Partick Thistle Charitable Trust.
  • An interview with Partick Thistle Women’s FC coach, Beth Adamson
  • And much more

Copies of our matchday programme will be on sale around the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill ahead of kick off.

If you can’t make it along to the game, copies of the programme can be purchased online from our programme supplier, Curtis Sport, here.

 

Half-Time Draw

It will be Albert Craig performing the half-time draw at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill this weekend.

You can buy your draw tickets from our sellers around the ground ahead of the game.

 

PlayerZone

Shea Gordon and James Penrice are in the Partick Thistle PlayerZone after our match at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill against Arbroath.

If you wish to attend make your way around the outside of the stadium to the Aitken Suite entrance on Firhill Road.

 

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
22
Scott Fox
2
Ryan Williamson
3
James Penrice
4
Tam O'Ware
6
Sean McGinty
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Kenny Miller
14
Shea Gordon
15
Tommy Robson (Dario Zanatta 45)
23
Raffaele De Vita (Gary Harkins 75)
25
Osman Kakay (Craig Slater 70)
 
Subs
1
Jamie Sneddon
5
Ben Hall
11
Gary Harkins
16
Cammy Palmer
17
Craig Slater
19
Dario Zanatta
Arbroath
21
Derek Gaston
2
Jason Thomson
3
Colin Hamilton
4
Ricky Little
5
Thomas O'Brien
6
Mark Whatley
7
David Gold (Josh Campbell 71)
11
Bobby Linn (Omar Kader 74)
15
Luke Donnelly
16
Scott Stewart (Michael McKenna 60)
22
Miko Virtanen
 
Subs
1
Darren Jamieson
8
Michael McKenna
9
Steven Doris
12
Omar Kader
14
Greig Spence
19
Ben Stirling
20
Josh Campbell
 
Subs
1
Jamie Sneddon
5
Ben Hall
11
Gary Harkins
16
Cammy Palmer
17
Craig Slater
19
Dario Zanatta
 
Subs
1
Darren Jamieson
8
Michael McKenna
9
Steven Doris
12
Omar Kader
14
Greig Spence
19
Ben Stirling
20
Josh Campbell
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Arbroath – 26th October 2019

With three wins in the last four it has been a positive Partick Thistle dressing room as the squad get ready for the visit of Arbroath to The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill tomorrow afternoon. Neil Scally spoke to ptfc.co.uk to look ahead at the game, starting by reflecting on the mood in the changing room.

“It’s definitely better than when we first came in that’s for sure. Winning games of football makes everyone feel better. There is nothing better than when you get the three points on a Saturday afternoon and we’ll be looking to keep the momentum going in a very difficult match against Arbroath.”

Arbroath have adjusted to life in the Ladbrokes Championship well and the Jags assistant manager knows that it won’t an easy match by any stretch of the imagination.

“I think any Thistle fan just needs to look back at our last game against Arbroath to see how difficult it is going to be. They’ve picked up some good results so far this season but we’ve done well in the last couple of games and we’re looking to pick up another three points. We’ve won different types of matches which is pleasing. Against Connah’s Quay it was a bit more of a battle while Dundee let us have the ball at times last week, it gives us a good platform to know that regardless of what we face tomorrow, we have experience winning in different sorts of games.

“We’re taking it each game at a time and focusing on ourselves. We know we can overtake Arbroath with a win tomorrow but our focus is on us. We want to get three points, start winning games in front of our fantastic home support and begin what will be a very tough week in a positive way.”

Thistle played a closed door friendly against Motherwell on Tuesday afternoon, running out 1-0 winners against the Premiership side, and Scally feels the match was very useful for the squad.

“It was about getting players some game time. We have a big squad and we need to keep everyone fit and ready to go because it will be a long winter and we’re going to need everyone of them over the course of the season. For players like Craig Slater and Gary Harkins you would love to give them a few games to get them up to match sharpness, there isn’t a great deal of games so when you can sort one out, it gives them the chance to get out on the pitch and play a bit of extra football. It gives us a chance to see a bit more of some of the players on a pitch as we get to know them.”

Finally, Neil updated us with team news for tomorrow’s match.

“Slater and Harkins came through Tuesday’s game unscathed so they’ve got another ninety minutes under their belt. Alex Jones and Mitch Austin are a little bit further away, they aren’t quite ready to get involved with full training just yet. Dario Zanatta was missing last week but he’s been training this week so he comes back into contention for selection against Arbroath.”

More exclusive preview interviews with Gary Harkins, Sean McGinty and Thistle assistant manager, Neil Scally are now available to JagZone subscribers – log in to see them.

Jagzone members will also be able to watch extended highlights of the game.

Can’t make it to the match? JagzoneLIVE will bring you coverage of the full 90 minutes through our audio commentary service which begins begins at 2:45pm – you can listen in here.

For a full list of all the great content you can access from just £5.99 per month as a Jagzone member, click here.

Article Copyright © 2019. 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

Thistle come crashing back down to earth with an almighty crash as Arbroath deservedly leave Firhill with all three points. 

There were hopes of another comeback victory when a Stuart Bannigan penalty levelled the scores in the second half after Arbroath led by a solitary goal at the break. 

An Arbroath penalty of their own through restored their lead followed swiftly by a killer thrid goal that leaves Thistle rooted to the bottom of the league looking for their first home league win of the season. 

 
93’Full Time
 
90’

Harkins' over hit cross goes out of play for an Arbroath goal kick. 

 
87’

there's going to be no remarkable ending to this game. As the cold wind blows around Firhill the majority of those still inside the ground are just waiting for the final whistle to sound on a dismal display. 

 
84’

Gordon has a chance at the back post following Harkins' corner but his header is poor and goes wide. 

84’Thistle corner from the left

Harkins takes the free kick and O'Ware's header is deflected over. 

 
83’

Thistle have a free kick on the left in line with the 6 yard box. 

 
82’

Arbroath have a free kick just in from the left touchline. They make a mess of it and Thistle try to break quickly but Zanatta is halted. 

76’Goal Arbroath! Colin Hamilton
Thistle 1 - Arbroath 3

Arbroath sub Kader finds Hamilton inside the box and his low shot beats Fox at his near post. And that should be the points secured for Arbroath. 

75’Thistle substitution: Gary Harkins replaces Raffaele De Vita
74’Arbroath substitution: Omar Kader replaces Bobby Linn
73’Goal Arbroath! Michael McKenna
Thistle 1 - Arbroath 2

McKenna sends Fox the wrong way and the ball into the corner of the net. 

73’Penalty Arbroath

This time it is a Thistle hand inside the box and an Arbroath penalty. 

71’Arbroath substitution: Josh Campbell replaces David Gold
71’Arbroath Booking - Jason Thomson
70’Thistle substitution: Craig Slater replaces Osman Kakay
 
64’

Zanatta is left on the ground after he heads clear an Arbroath free kick. 

63’Thistle Booking - Dario Zanatta
 
62’

Bannigan flights the corner towards the back post but despite Arbroath struggling to clear Thistle can't make anything of it. 

61’Thistle corner from the right
 
61’

Scott Fox makes a save near his right hand post to deny Linn. 

60’Arbroath substitution: Michael McKenna replaces Scott Stewart
58’Goal Thistle! Stuart Bannigan
Thistle 1 - Arbroath 1

Bannigan takes the penalty. It's a short run up that leaves this reporter at least feeling less than confident but it is a well placed penalty that Gaston can't get to and Thistle are level. 

58’Penalty Thistle

The referee spots an Arbroath hand in the box and Thistle have a chance to draw level. 

 
57’

De Vita delivers the free kick into a good area but it is well defended by Arbroath. 

57’Arbroath Booking - Miko Virtanen

Zanatta is caught late and Thistle have a free kick wide on the left. 

 
55’

De Vita and Zanatta work a short corner and when the latter does wing the ball into the box it is far too close tp Gaston who makes an easy catch. 

54’Thistle corner from the left
 
53’

Thistle are pressing but its all a bit too frantic with the final pass or cross poor. 

 
50’

Zanatta's first involvement in the game is to force Gaston into a save low down

47’Arbroath corner from the left
45’Thistle substitution: Dario Zanatta replaces Tommy Robson

Thistle have made a change at the break. 

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

Thistle find themselves trailing at the break for the second week in a row. 

Last week Thistle stages a stirring second half comeback and will need to do the same again today but there will need to be a marked improvement after a poor first half showing during which Thistle have failed to make the visiting keeper work. 

 
45’Half-Time
 
44’

De Vita's corner is cleared. 

43’Thistle corner from the left
 
42’

Bannigan slips as he takes the corner but Gordon is able to connect but he can't shape his body to get a shot anywhere near on target. 

41’Thistle corner from the right
 
38’

The corner, Thistle's first of the game, is cleared and although De Vita gets the ball back that cross is cleared too. 

37’Thistle corner from the left
36’Goal Arbroath! Luke Donnelly
Thistle 0 - Arbroath 1

Thistle are opened up down the Arbroath left. The ball is crossed to Donnelly who makes no mistake with a crisp low finish. 

 
35’

Williamson manages to get the ball over from the right. It falls to Robson who takes a touch to steady himself but makes a hash of his shot and the ball spins away from goal. 

 
31’

Kakay has been quiet so far but he bursts into life and cuts inside from the right but eventually over runs the ball. 

 
30’

Miller catches a Robson cross on the volley but the ball strikes a defender. 

 
29’

Thistle are again forced into defending a good corner before Hamilton fizzes a shot just over the bar from the edge of the box. 

29’Arbroath corner from the left
 
26’

It's a really good corner and O'Brien comes close but under pressure heads the ball wide of the post. 

26’Arbroath corner from the left
 
25’

Thistle clear the free kick not without some difficulty and Arbroath remain on the attack. 

 
25’

It's Arbroath that are on the front foot at the moment and they have a free kick a yard or so in from the left touchline. 

 
20’

Virtanen has a shot for Arbroath but it is well wide of the Thistle goal. 

 
19’

That's the nearest we've come to a goal yet. Gordon flicks McGinty's pass on. Robson is able to knock the ball past Gaston but can't get enough on the ball and it is cleared a few yards from the goal lie. 

 
17’

Miller passes inside to Gordon on his right but Gordon's low drive from close to 25 yards out goes comfortably wide of target. 

 
13’

Robson shows some neat foot work to side step Stewart but slices his cross out of play. 

 
12’

Robson and Gordon combine really well on the left and Gordon advances into the box but his cut back is cleared. Thistle just starting to assert themselves in this match and take charge. 

 
10’

Robson is caught late but with Kakay starting to advance with the ball the referee initially looks like playing advantage before he stops play for a Thistle free kick a yard inside the Thistle half. 

 
09’

Bannigan pushes forward wth the ball and spots Robson to his left. Robson's cross clips a defender and spins clear. 

 
06’

Thistle have seen more of the ball than Arbroath in the opening minutes but its been uneventful so far. 

 
00’

And Thistle have the game's first shot at goal but Gordon's effort from the edge of the box doesn't present Gaston in the Arbroath goal with any problems. 

 
00’

Thistle kick the game off and are shooting towards the city end in the first half. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

After a fantastic comeback win at Dens Park last time out, Thistle host Arbroath this afternoon still searching for their first home league win of the season. 

Ian McCall's starting eleven shows two changes from the side that started against Dundee seven days ago. With neither Joe Cardle or Steven Saunders stripped for action this afternoon in come Shea Gordon and Tommy Robson. 

Tam O'Ware is expected to drop back into the heart of the Thistle defence in Saunders absence while Robson is a candidate to fill in on the left side of midfield. 

On the bench Thistle list Dario Zanatta, an absentee last weekend, among their six listed subs. 

Arbroath, managed by ex Thistle manager Dick Campbell, are making their first visit to Firhill for over 17 years and will be looking to go one better than the 1-1 between today's teams at Gayfield earlier this season. Arbroath having the better of the exchanges that evening. 

It's cool and breezy at Firhill but the pitch is looking in excellent condition and there is a sense of anticipation building as kick-off starts to approach. 

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Arbroath – 26th October 2019

It was a very frustrating afternoon in Maryhill as Arbroath headed north with three Ladbrokes Championship points after running out 3-1 winners against Partick Thistle. Thistle had looked poised to push on and claim all three points when Stuart Bannigan equalised from the penalty spot after an hour, but the Red Litchies struck twice more to ensure the points returned to Gayfield. Jags gaffer Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk after the match.

“I felt we were very comfortable in the first half without carrying any real threat. I think Tommy Robson had a couple of good opportunities but I didn’t feel that we threatened their goal enough. Arbroath broke up and got their goal which made it harder.

“We spoke to them at half time and the team came out for the second half and for 15 minutes we were great. We got our goal and the stadium was positive. There was another one that fell behind Kenny which was unfortunate. But we were the architects of our own downfall and we sucked the atmosphere right out of the crowd with poor play. I think as a team we dropped standards and we didn’t build on our equaliser.”

The gaffer was disappointed with the display of the team throughout the ninety minutes and admits that standards need to improve again quickly.

“I thought we were quite poor and we had a number of players off the boil. It doesn’t matter what team you are, if you have a lot of players off form then you are going to struggle to win games. I’d give passmarks to Miller and Penrice. The really disappointing things is that the first 15 minutes gave us all serious hope that we were going to go on and win the game and we didn’t do that. We were sloppy with possession and playing balls that weren’t on and that just took the atmosphere out of Firhill.”

Thistle’s home form has been particularly concerning so far this campaign and Ian knows that it has to improve if the club has any aspirations of climbing the table.

“We’ve won three games out of five and done brilliantly on the road but unfortunately the two games we have lost have been at Firhill and that can’t continue. It was great for the 500 fans at Dens last week, but the vast majority of our fans are here and want to see it here and we haven’t given them it. We’ve got to rectify it to climb the league. If we can do to Dens Park and win, head to Inverness and win then we can definitely go to Tannadice and get a result.

A glimpse of positivity arrived in the form of Dario Zanatta returning from injury and the Jags manager was pleased to see him get back on the pitch.

“He was involved in the goal, and the chance just before it. It’s good to get him back on the pitch. He’s got work to do to get even better but it’s good that he was able to get back involved this afternoon.”

A more in depth video interview with Ian McCall is available to Jagzone subscribers now as well as reaction from Craig Slater– log in to view.

Jagzone subscribers will also be able to watch extended highlights of the game.

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