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SPFL Ladbrokes Championship
Sat 9 November, 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 Greenock Morton supporters and a card payment option will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.

 

JagZone LIVE v Greenock Morton

Our audio commentary service, JagZone LIVE, will be providing full audio coverage as Thistle look to pick up three points against Morton.

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 Greenock Morton

This weekend, Partick Thistle take on Greenock Morton as Ladbrokes Championship 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 cover star Craig Slater
  • 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.
  • A look at the Partick Thistle Women’s FC battle for third place in the SWPL 2
  • 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 Gerry Collins 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

Joe Cardle and Ryan Williamson are in the Partick Thistle PlayerZone after our match at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill against Greenock Morton

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
3
James Penrice
4
Thomas O'Ware
5
Ben Hall
6
Sean McGinty
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Kenny Miller (Lewis Mansell 81)
12
Reece Cole (Craig Slater 70)
16
Cammy Palmer
19
Dario Zanatta (Shea Gordon 57)
24
Osman Kakay
 
Subs
1
Jamie Sneddon
7
Joe Cardle
11
Gary Harkins
14
Shea Gordon
17
Craig Slater
18
Lewis Mansell
43
Steven Saunders
Greenock Morton
1
Sam Ramsbottom
3
Stephen Welsh
5
Peter Grant
6
Kyle Jacobs (John Sutton 76)
7
Chris Millar (Aidan Nesbitt 70)
8
Jim McAlister
11
Bob McHugh
14
Cameron Salkeld (Billy King 70)
16
Lewis Strapp
17
Reece Lyon
30
Jack Baird
 
Subs
20
Danny Rogers
4
Brian McLean
10
Aidan Nesbitt
18
Cameron Blues
21
John Sutton
28
Adam Livingstone
32
Billy King
 
Subs
1
Jamie Sneddon
7
Joe Cardle
11
Gary Harkins
14
Shea Gordon
17
Craig Slater
18
Lewis Mansell
43
Steven Saunders
 
Subs
20
Danny Rogers
4
Brian McLean
10
Aidan Nesbitt
18
Cameron Blues
21
John Sutton
28
Adam Livingstone
32
Billy King
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Greenock Morton – 9th November 2019

Partick Thistle return to the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill tomorrow afternoon looking to pick up three Ladbrokes Championship points against Greenock Morton. Assistant manager Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk to look ahead to the match.

“It was a really tough start to the week with a lot of disappointment after last weekend’s match against Ayr United. The players know how quickly we can turn it around. We’ve got to show how much it hurt us and work hard against Greenock Morton to get our first league victory at home and get that under our belts.

“We’re only focusing on ourselves, what Morton have done isn’t our concern. We’re just looking to put it right for our fans. In our last home game against Arbroath we had the chance to push on and win the game and we let down almost 3,000 home fans. They’ve been incredibly supportive since we came into the club and you can see they are determined to do their part to give us success but it is very tough to take when we’re not getting results in front of them.”

After such a disappointing performance last week, Archie is looking for the side to deliver a response against the side in 8th place tomorrow afternoon.

“We touched on it after the game and it’s something we’ve looked at. You can’t even put it down to tiredness as usually you’d have one or two players playing really well and the rest dropping, we were just collectively very poor. We’re looking to get back to being hard to beat and playing like we did against Dundee United.

“Training has been of a very high standard all week. It should be like that all the time, rather than just when there are lots of slots available on the pitch. Nobody’s place is safe after such a bad performance. We’re looking for players to step up and go and grab a jersey.”

The club received a trio of international call ups this week with Osman Kakay heading off to Sierra Leone while Shea Gordon and Cammy Palmer will depart for Northern Ireland. The trio will head off after tomorrow’s match and Archibald knows it can only be a good thing for the players.

“It’s very good for them to go and play for their countries, everyone wants to be recognised and called up by their nation to play. I think it can also be slightly frustrating for them as well as our games will continue which led to young Cammy losing his place in the team last time when he went away with Northern Ireland. We’ve got three players away on international duty but we’ve got a big squad and we’ll be playing the Stenhousemuir game as planned. They will be a big miss for that match but we have quality players in the squad who will want to go and stake their claim going forward.”

Finally, Alan updated us with team news for tomorrow’s game.

“It’s only the long term ones of Alex Jones, Mitch Austin and Callum Wilson who are unavailable for tomorrow’s game. Everyone else is fit and eligible for selection.”

More exclusive preview interviews with Ryan Williamson and Thistle assistant manager, Alan Archibald, 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.

94’Full Time Report

Thistle finally have their first home league win of the season but in typicsal Thistle fashion they found a hard way to do it.

The better side in the first half they shoukd have gone in at half-time ahead and would have done had Kenny Miller not spurned a glorious chance to score.

Seven minutes into the second half and Thistle found themselves down to ten men when Stuart Bannigan was sent off.

Six minutes later they were in front when Shea Gordon scored with his first touch after coming on a sub.

Joy turned to despair when Morton equalised 2 minjutes later but Gordon was again on target and restore the Thistle lead.

Morton poured men forward in search of an equaliser that they weren't able to find.

 
94’Full Time
 
90’+03’

Thistle break through Penrice. He has Mansell free to his right and clear on goal but he can't find him.

 
90’+01’

A Morton cross goes out of play for a Thistle goal kick.

 
90’

A poor header from McGinty is siezed upon by Nesbitt but he shoots widly over the bar. Deep into injury time now.

 
90’

A great ball fro Slater finds Kakay who takes the ball to the corner flag and treis to hold the ball there.

 
89’

The corner is cleared but Thistle have nobody forward so the ball is just returned. A cross comes in and a header drops just wide of target.

88’Greenock Morton corner from the right

Shouts from the Morton fans for a penalty but it is just a corner.

 
87’

Thistle try to break through Slater but he is held up at the halfway line and then can't find Mansell with his forward pass.

 
86’

Good defending from Kakay who prevents both a cross from getting into the box and the ball going out for a corner.

 
85’

They make a mess of the free kick and Thistle try and break through Gordo but he makes little progress.

 
85’

Slater is penalised for a foul and Morton have a free kick about 35 yards from the Thistle goal.

 
84’

A quick dip of the shoulder takes Mansell up the pitch but he runs the ball out of play.

 
83’

Every player, except the Morton keeper, is in the Thistle half waiting for the coner. It's a terrible one though and Thistle have a goal kick.

83’Greenock Morton corner from the right
 
82’

A low shot is driven into the box. Sutton tries to divert it goalwards but just helps it on its way wide of goal.

81’Thistle substitution: Lewis Mansell replaces Kenny Miller

Third and final change for The Jags

 
79’

Sutton's volley drops wide of target as Fox watches.

 
78’

Kakay drives forward but Nesbitt is equal to his run and Morton are back on the offensive.

 
77’

Good defending from Hall as he shephards out a ball down the left.

76’Greenock Morton substitution: John Sutton replaces Kyle Jacobs
 
75’

The Thistle fans are getting right behind their team as Millar sends a shot high over the crossbar.

 
73’

Fox makes an excellent one handed save following a low cross from the right with Kakay on hand to complete the clearance. You have a feeling this might be a long 17 minutes for Thistle who are finding themselves pinned into their own half.

 
72’

Thistle are nearly punished as Gordon is caught in possession but Starpp can't keep his shot down and the ball goes over the Thistle crossbar.

70’Thistle substitution: Craig Slater replaces Reece Cole
70’Greenock Morton substitution: Billy King replaces Cameron Salkeld
70’Greenock Morton substitution: Aidan Nesbitt replaces Chris Millar
69’Greenock Morton corner from the left

Fox plams clear McGinty's header that nearly produces an own goal.

 
68’

Fox clings on to a firecely driven low cross from the Morton right.

65’Goal Thistle! Shea Gordon
Thistle 2 - Greenock Morton 1

It's him again. Cole lifts the ball high across the face of the Morton goal and Gordon slides in to connect and knock the ball home from close range. This is a crazy game of football.

 
64’

Cole's corner is headed clear.

63’Thistle corner from the right
 
63’

McAlister sends a shot high over the Thistle crossbar.

60’Goal Greenock Morton! Jack Baird
Thistle 1 - Greenock Morton 1

From joy to despair in less than two minutes. Thistle go to sleep at the corner that is worked to corner of the box. The ball comes in and Baird has far too much space to find the net with a header.

60’Greenock Morton corner from the right
58’Goal Thistle! Shea Gordon
Thistle 1 - Greenock Morton 0

There are worse ways to introduce yourself to a game than that! A Cole free kick into the box is headed clear but only as far as Gordon whose low shot from the edge of the box finds the corner of the net.

57’Thistle substitution: Shea Gordon replaces Dario Zanatta
 
56’

Thistle are set to make a change with Shea Gordon ready to come on.

55’Greenock Morton corner from the left

Fox produces a fine stop near his near post as Morton open up the Thistle defence.

52’Thistle Booking - Stuart Bannigan

It's a straight red card for Stuart Bannigan for a challenge inside the Morton half. Thistle are down to ten men with the majority of the scond half to pkay.

 
49’

It's Morton that have started the half the better and Millar has a shot from the edge of the box but doesn't get enough curl on it and it goes wide of Fox's left hand post.

49’Greenock Morton corner from the left
 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’+01’Half Time Report

It's a marked improvement on last week but still frustrating as Thistle go into the dressing room at the break tied with Morton at 0-0.

Thistle have had the better (only?) chances but spurned the best of them all. Kenny Miller shooting over the bar when it looked easier to score.

 
45’Half-Time
 
40’

McGinty strides forward but drifts over to the left and Ramsbottom makes an easy cath from his cross.

 
39’

There is half a chance for Lyon at the edge of the Thistle box but his shot no more than trickles through to Fox.

34’Thistle Booking - Ben Hall

Hall collects a yellow card and Morton have a free kick kn the middle of the TGhistle half that they make a mess of.

 
33’

Thistle threaten again with a powerful run down the left from Penrice. The ball is evntually worked across the width of the pitch to Kakay who sees his shot blocked by a defender.

 
30’

After a poor spell in the last 5 minutes or so Thistle are close again to opening the scoring. Miller gets the ball to cole to his right. Cole takes a touch to find space and from just outside the box sends a shot narrowly wide of target.

 
27’

Morton are starting to get some joy down the Thistle right.

 
26’

It's a decent corner and O'Ware is again the man to get the ball clear.

26’Greenock Morton corner from the left
 
25’

Fox makes a save low to his left but the flag was already up for an obvious offside.

 
24’

Thistle clear the corner but Morton retain  possession and when the ball is delivered back into the box O'Ware takes charge and heads powerfully clear.

24’Greenock Morton corner from the left
 
23’

Bannigan is back on his feet and looks to be okay to continue.

 
22’

Bannigan is down in the centre circle and looks to be in a bit of pain.

 
19’

Cole takes the corner and it is headed back to him. This time his cross is met by the head of McGinty whose sees his header come off the bar and bounce clear. Thistle should be in front by now.

18’Thistle corner from the right
 
17’

Penrice is there to tidy up after Bannigan loses the ball in the middle of the park.

 
15’

And Thistle nearly score from Cole's corner that follows with Hall just unable to connect as the ball goes across the 6 yard box. Thistle are definitely the better side at the moment.

14’Thistle corner from the right

Thistle are close again as Cole's effort, after receiving a Bannigan pass, is deflected wide of the pot.

 
13’

Penrice advances down the left and despite being shadowed by two defenders he ahs no team mate offering support. He gets a cross over but it is an easy take for Ramsbottom.

 
11’

Thistle spurn a glorious chance to open the scoring and Kenny Miller is unlikely to have missed an easier chance all his career. Kakay lays the ball on a plate for him but from less than 6 yards out and the whole goal to aim for he fires high over the crossbar.

 
07’

Penrice gets into a position to deliver a cross into the Morton box but his low ball is cleared.

 
03’

Thistle look to be operating with a three man central defensive partnership of Hall, O'Ware and McGinty.

 
02’

Another positive sign. Miller's spots Penrice in front of him and finds him with a well placed pass but the flag goes up for offside.

 
01’

Thistle make a positive thriust down the left hand side. It comes to nothing other than a throw down by the corner flag but positive signs.

 
00’

Kenny Miller kicks the game off for Thistle. Thistle will be shooting towards the City End in the first half.

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

Ian McCall has made four changes to his starting eleven for this afternoon's visit of Morton.

Out of the side that started against Ayr United go Ryan Williamson, Joe Cardle, Shea Gordon and Steven Saunders.

In their place come Tam O'Ware, Ben Hall, Reece Cole and Osman Kakay.

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Greenock Morton – 9th November 2019

Thistle battled hard, dug deep and ground out a valuable three points this afternoon at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill as the Jags defeated Morton by two goals to one on a cold afternoon in Maryhill. Ian McCall’s ten men side showed tremendous spirit to ensure the points stayed firmly at Firhill and it was a thrilled Jags gaffer who spoke to ptfc.co.uk shortly after the full time whistle.

“There has been a lot of lows since I came back but we’ve had 8 games and won 4 and lost 4. If you offered me a 50% win rate for the rest of my career I’d definitely take it. We made it hard for ourselves today, we should have been a couple of goals up in the first half, with a few gilt edged chances in front of goal. We hit the bar from a corner kick, go in at the break level and then we go down to ten men.

“I think it probably was a red card although others have said it was a yellow and that changed the game. It was great for the fans to see a lot of guts and bodies on the line to get the win and take the three points. Shea Gordon came on and changed the game, he did that at Dens Park as well. It’s a great three points and great for our fans to see that win.”

Thistle came out on the front foot at the start of the game but showed heart and desire in the latter stages when up against an extra man.

“I can’t fault what the players did today. We played well at spells in the first half but when it mattered we dug in and I don’t remember Morton cutting us open in the final stages of the match. We kept our lines well and worked very hard to make sure there weren’t any opportunities. Scott Fox was very safe today but I don’t remember him having an outstanding save to make because our defence was that good.

“Tam O’Ware had his best game for us and he was a real leader at the back for us today. Ben hasn’t had a lot of action in recent weeks and he did very well too and Sean was commanding in the air for us today, as a defence and goalkeeping unit they gave us the platform to go and counter. It was a backs to the wall at the end. When scored to make it 1-1 weaker teams would have crumbled but we showed grit, passion and hunger to not only dig in at 1-1 but to head up the pitch and net a second goal to win the game.”

Finally the Jags gaffer rounded off with a word for the thistle support.

“The fans were fantastic today. We started on the front foot and I think that gave them something to get behind early on. When we went down to ten men they really stepped up their support and gave everyone that little bit extra to go and make sure we could see it through. It was fantastic that we scored the two goals into the John Lambie Stand this afternoon and hopefully every Thistle fan can enjoy the rest of their weekend. We’re off to Stenhousemuir next for a chance to get to a cup semi final so it’ll be great to see them there next week.”

A more in depth video interview with Ian McCall is available to Jagzone subscribers now as well as reaction from Reece Cole and Shea Gordon – log in to view.

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

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.

 

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