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SPFL Ladbrokes Championship
Sat 14 December, 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 Inverness Caledonian Thistle supporters and a card payment option will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.

 

JagZone LIVE v Inverness CT

Our audio commentary service, JagZone LIVE, will be providing full audio coverage as Thistle take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle

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 Inverness CT

Inverness Caledonian Thistle are the visitors to the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill this Saturday as the battle of the Jags takes place in the Ladbrokes Championship.

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 Cammy Palmer
  • A message from the Partick Thistle Board
  • The next installment of our “players of the decade” feature
  • A review of the Thistle Weir Youth Academy awards
  • Activities for your Junior Jags.
  • An update from the Partick Thistle Charitable Trust.
  • 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.

 

2020 Calendars

The 2020 Partick Thistle Calendar is now on sale and will be available to purchase from the old programme stall in the Jackie Husband.

Priced at just £8 stock is limited to don’t miss out.

Calendar’s are also available to purchase online. 

 

Half-Time Draw

It will be Alex Rae performing the half-time draw at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.

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

 

The Kit Hits The Fan

Our special “Kit Hits The Fan” competition gives Jags fans a unique opporunity to watch away from the game with a match-worn Thistle home top as worn by a Jags player.

Tickets to enter Kit Hits The Fan will cost just £1 each with every single penny raised from ticket sales goes straight to the Partick Thistle Charitable Trust

Full information on “Kit Hits The Fan”

 

PlayerZone v Inverness CT

Dario Zanatta and Alex Jones will appear in tomorrow’s PlayerZone.

Head to the Aitken Suite after the match for the chance to meet the duo.

 

Kris Doolan DVDS

Full information on collections and purchases of Kris Doolan testimonial DVDs can be found here

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
22
Scott Fox
2
Ryan Williamson
3
James Penrice
4
Tam O'Ware
7
Joe Cardle (Dario Zanatta 57)
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Kenny Miller (Cammy Palmer 84)
10
Alex Jones (Gary Harkins 71)
12
Reece Cole
24
Osman Kakay
43
Steven Saunders
 
Subs
1
Jamie Sneddon
6
Sean McGinty
11
Gary Harkins
15
Tommy Robson
16
Cammy Palmer
17
Craig Slater
19
Dario Zanatta
Inverness CT
1
Mark Ridgers
2
Shaun Rooney
3
Carl Tremarco (Cameron Harper 83)
5
Coll Donaldson
6
Jamie McCart
7
James Keatings
8
David Carson
9
Jordan White (Mitchell Curry 83)
10
Aaron Doran (Nikolay Todorov 83)
17
Miles Storey
24
Charlie Trafford
 
Subs
21
Cammy Mackay
12
Kevin McHattie
19
Nikolay Todorov
20
Mitchell Curry
22
Brad McKay
26
Cameron Harper
28
Roddy MacGregor
 
Subs
1
Jamie Sneddon
6
Sean McGinty
11
Gary Harkins
15
Tommy Robson
16
Cammy Palmer
17
Craig Slater
19
Dario Zanatta
 
Subs
21
Cammy Mackay
12
Kevin McHattie
19
Nikolay Todorov
20
Mitchell Curry
22
Brad McKay
26
Cameron Harper
28
Roddy MacGregor
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Inverness Caledonian Thistle – 14th December 2019

After lifting themselves off the foot of the Ladbrokes Championship table with victory over Queen of the South, Partick Thistle will look to climb another place this weekend as they take on Inveress with Morton sitting just one point above the Jags. The Maryhill men have tasted defeat just once in their last seven and are unbeaten in three games at home but the challenge of second-placed Inverness will be a stern one as John Robertson’s side look to exact a measure of retribution for the 3-1 defeat they suffered in September at the hands of the Jags. Thistle boss, Ian McCall, spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the clash with Caley:

“We are on a pretty good run at the moment and we’ll look to continue that against Inverness. We’ve had some really good wins against Morton and Queen of the South in particular and things are good at the club.

“We’re off the bottom of the table now too but we aren’t thinking about that too much at the moment. We have back-to-back home games now so it’s a good chance for us to get some more points on the board and we’ll see where we are after that.”

Ian’s side produced a spirited fightback in Dumfries last week as goals from Joe Cardle and Reece Cole flipped the game on its head and saw the away side take all three points and it was the manner of the victory that impressed the gaffer most of all.

“The players showed a lot of passion and heart in that game. We were one down with 20 minutes to play and at that point you’d probably take a point but they battled back, got their equaliser and didn’t sit back. They pushed for another and got what they deserved based on the second half so that was really pleasing to see.”

McCall highlighted the importance of the players’ fitness in allowing them to stage their late comeback last weekend.

“We think the players are very fit now, not that they weren’t before, but they’re now at the point where they can push right to the very end of games and I think you saw that last week. We really came onto a game in the second half and were the stronger team for the last 25 minutes or so.”

The aforementioned Cole grabbed the winner at Palmerston Park to make it four goals in five games for the Englishman and the manager is hoping to extend Reece’s loan until the end of the season soon.

“Reece is a quality player and can be a difference maker in tight games as he was against Queen of the South. He’s a great passer, is comfortable with the ball at his feet and is adding goals to his game too so we’re talking to Brentford and hope to have him for the whole season.”

To finish, Ian gave us the latest team news ahead of the meeting with Inverness.

“We’re pretty much in the same place that we were last Saturday. Obviously, Tam O’Ware comes back from suspension to give us another option in defence and Alex Jones has had another week’s training with no problems so that’s really all there is to say.”

More exclusive preview interviews with Stuart Bannigan 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.

94’Full Time Report

It is a massive three points for Thistle who record back to back wins. 

All the goals came in the second half. Alex Jones fired Thistle in front after 47 minutes but Inverness were level 9 minutes later. 

Steve Saunders restored the Thistle lead after 63 minutes before Dario Zanatta secured the win in injury time. 

 
94’Full Time
 
90’+03’

Harkins is caught offside. 

90’+02’Goal Thistle! Dario Zanatta
Thistle 3 - Inverness CT 1

That will seal it. Harkins plays a neat ball into the box that Zanatta gets to ahead of Ridgers and from a tight angle he finds the back of the net. 

 
90’+01’

Keatings' corner goes near post where Trafford meets it but his header at the front post goes over the Thistle crossbar. 

90’Inverness CT corner from the right
 
90’

The 90 minutes have come and gone. Into injury time now. 

 
89’

A Rooney shot goes wide and he is furious when he doesn't get a corner kick. 

 
86’

Kakay has the chance to secure a Thistle win but although he gets the ball past Ridgers there's no real power in his shot and the ball s cleared. 

 
85’

Zanatta has shooting opportunity at the edge of the box but he shoots straight at Ridgers. 

84’Thistle substitution: Cammy Palmer replaces Kenny Miller
83’Inverness CT substitution: Mitchell Curry replaces Jordan White
83’Inverness CT substitution: Cameron Harper replaces Carl Tremarco
83’Inverness CT substitution: Nikolay Todorov replaces Aaron Doran
82’Thistle corner from the left
 
81’

It's another well taken free kick from Cole but on this occasion a foot or so too high. 

 
80’

Miller is fouled and Thistle have a free kick. A good distance out but well within Cole's range. 

 
80’

Thistle Man of the Match: Stuart Bannigan

 
77’

Thistle nearly have a third. Miller does really well to find Zanatta down the left hand side. Although Zanatta's cross is cleared the ball breaks into the path of Cole and his thunders in a shot that Ridgers does really well to save.

 
75’

Miller finds Kakay to his right and Ridgers is required to make a good stop to push the ball away. 

 
74’

Rooney's header from the corner goes wide with Inverness appealing in vain for another corner kick.

74’Inverness CT corner from the right
73’Inverness CT corner from the left

Fox is at full stretch to push away Keatings free kick. 

 
73’

Keatings is fouled and Inverness have a free kick just left of centre and about 10 yards outside the Thistle box. Dangerous moment. 

 
71’

It's a change of jersey for Saunders but he is back on and Thistle are back to 11 players again. 

71’Thistle substitution: Gary Harkins replaces Alex Jones
 
70’

Keatings' shot from a few yards outside the Thistle box is crisp and clean but also straight at Fox who clings onto the ball. Thistle still playing with 10 men. 

 
69’

Thistle will need to play a man short ass Saunders goes off after receiving treatment. 

 
67’

Zanatta is the player that breaks with the ball after the corner is cleared. He gets clear but his final shot is poor which allows Ridgers to save. 

 
66’

It's a good corner from Keatings but Thistle clear and break. 

66’Inverness CT corner from the right
 
65’

Crowd: 2,144

63’Goal Thistle! Steven Saunders
Thistle 2 - Inverness CT 1

Thistle go deep with the corner this time. It hangs up in the wind a little and falls into the path of Saunders who thumps the ball home. 

63’Thistle corner from the left
 
61’

Thistle work a short corner with Inverness hard pressed to clear when Miller does put a cross into the box. 

61’Thistle corner from the left

Zanatta's first input into the game sees him win a corner off Ridgers. 

 
60’

Kakay has gone over to the right since Zanatta came on. 

57’Thistle substitution: Dario Zanatta replaces Joe Cardle
56’Goal Inverness CT! James Keatings
Thistle 1 - Inverness CT 1

Inverness are level as Keatings is able to hook the corner into the net from 6 yards out. An excellent finish from the Inverness player. 

56’Inverness CT corner from the left

Thistle defend the free kick but Saunders is forced to head behind a Keatings shot. 

 
55’

Inverness have a free kick on the left. 

 
55’

Williamson makes a good block to deny Doran. 

 
53’

Nearly a second for Thistle as Cole forces Ridgers into an excellent save to the keepers right. He can't hold the ball but the flag goes up for offside as Kakay collects the loose ball. 

 
52’

Cardle picks up Bannigan's pass but Ridgers gathers his cross at his front post. 

 
50’

Inverness have reacted well to the loss of the goal and Carson sends over  teasing cross that nobody can get on the end of. 

 
49’

It's an excellent free kick from Keatings that swings deep into the Thistle box. Donaldson, we think, sticks out a foot to divert the ball goalwards and Fox is able to save right on his goal line when a foot either side of him would have brought an equaliser. 

 
48’

Inverness have a free kick in from the right tpouchline. 

47’Goal Thistle! Alex Jones
Thistle 1 - Inverness CT 0

Jones is on the end of Cole's through ball and when he is left with just Ridgers to beat he makes no mistake with a powerful finish. That's Jones' first goal for The Jags first team. 

 
45’

Rooney thunders in a shot from 20 yards out that Fox is able to push away. 

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’+01’Half Time Report

Thistle might feel that they have been the better side and Ridgers has certainly been the busier of the two keepers but it is goalless at the break at Firhill. 

 
45’+01’Half-Time
 
44’

There is a chance for Inverness from the inswinging corner that follows but Donaldson nods wide of target. 

44’Inverness CT corner from the right
 
43’

Kakay has the ball on the left side of the Inverness box but he delivers a poor cross that goes over the bar. 

 
40’

Jones does really well to beast McCart to Cole's long ball but there is little support  on offer and Thistle can't make anything of the situation. 

 
38’

Keatings free kick is deep into the Thistle box but it is well defended and Thistle try to break.

 
38’

O'Ware tugs at White and Inverness have a free kick and a chance to get the ball into the Thistle box. 

 
37’

Cole overhits a pass intended for Miller as things get a bit untidy. 

 
35’

Inverness manager Robertson receives a lecture from referee McLean. 

Robertson continues to sound off after McLean walks away which earns him a return visit from the referee and a yellow card. 

35’Inverness CT Booking - Jordan White
 
34’

White looks for a penalty when a cross comes into the Thistle box but it is he that is penalised and receives a yellow card for his protests. 

 
31’

Kakay gets the better of Tremarco but he rather snatches at his shot and the ball goes over the bar. 

 
30’

Penrice slips which allows Storey to come away with the ball on the right hand side. His cross though is behind White and Thistle clear. 

 
27’

Jones holds off the attention of a defender and plays a ball down the right that Cardle collects but he is an offside position. 

 
22’

Storey gets the ball over from the right but White can't keep his header down and Fox isn't required to make a save. 

 
20’

Bannigan passes to Miller who tries to find the run of Jones with a first time pass but Jones strays offside and the flag goes up. 

 
18’

Cole's lovely pass finds Williamson he in turn gets the ball into Kakay inside the box but the ball gets stuck under his feet and he can't manage a shot at goal. 

 
16’

And Jones is able to find one of those scraps and advances towards goal after collecting a loose ball. His shot is blocked but the ball is worked back to Cole whose low drive test Ridgers who saves low to his right. 

 
15’

The away team are dominating possession at the moment. Thistle looking for scraps. 

 
10’

Cole takes the corner and Thistle are close again as the ball finds the head of Saunders but Ridgers again saves and this time holds the ball. 

09’Thistle corner from the right

Cole's effort is headed to the top right hand corner of the net until Ridgers sticks out a hand to turn the ball wide. 

 
08’

Cardle is fouled and Thistle have a free kick about 30 yards out. Cole is over the ball waiting to take the free kick. 

 
07’

Inverness are close to taking the lead and would have done so but for a good stop from Fox to deny Storey after a cross from the Inverness right hand side. 

 
06’

Williamson uses his left foot to curl a cross into the box. Kakay gets his head to it but the ball drops wide of Ridgers' goal. 

 
05’

Keatings plays a neat pass to the feet of White but Penrice is there to win the ball despite appeals from White that he is fouled. 

 
03’

After Cole and Williamson combine well, Kakay sends over a tempting looking cross into the Inverness box but the ball is headed clear. 

 
00’

Thistle win an early free kick near the Inverness corner flag on the right. Cole takes it and delivers it low and hard into the box but the ball is cleared. 

 
00’

Inverness get the game underway. 

Thistle are shooting towards the John Lambie Stand in the first half. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

It's a day to wrap up warm at Firhill as Thistle aim to record back to back wins with a three point haul against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. 

Last week a spirited second half comeback saw Thistle turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win at Queen of the South and Ian McCall has made three changes to the side that started that game. 

Scott Fox return in goal and there are slots too in the starting eleven for Ryan Williamson and Tam O'Ware. 

Sean McGinty and Tommy Robson join Jamie Sneddon in dropping down to the substitute bench for this fixture. 

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Inverness Caledonian Thistle – 14th December 2019

Thistle made it back to back wins with victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at a rain-soaked Energy Check Stadium at Firhill. Second half goals from Alex Jones, Steven Saunders and Dario Zanatta gave the Jags three more points against the Caley Jags. It was a pleased Ian McCall who spoke to ptfc.co.uk following the match.

“There was a lot of good performances for us today. Dario Zanatta is going to be a very big player for Partick Thistle. He came on as a sub and he stretched the game for us and he was really effective. Bannigan showed why I think so highly of him with a man of the match performance in the middle of the park. We were great from front to back and deserved the win.”

The win continued Thistle’s strong run of recent form and the gaffer was pleased to add three points to the tally.

“It’s seven games now, five wins a draw and a defeat. With the defeat I’ve told the players to ignore because we had a man sent off after three minutes. It’s not a wee run anymore, it’s a substantial run and we look forward to having Dundee at Firhill next week.

“You’ve got to keep the run going. January is just around the corner and we’ll be looking to strengthen but I thought we were terrific today. Inverness are a good side and, for me, they have the best manager in the division so it was nice to get the win. We beat them up there as well. It was a terrific game on a horrible day and any supporter who came out to watch it was very well entertained. On another day it could have finished 5-3 to us. I’m very pleased with the performance.”

There were a lot of battling Jags in red and yellow this afternoon, with bodies flying for the cause as Thistle repelled a bit of Inverness pressure.

“In this league, you’ve got to fight for everything whether you are at the top or down the bottom. Everyone is this division is very evenly matched. They put a lot of balls into the box but we stood up to it well in the defensive areas. There was a lot of good quality play by us and we could have had more goals.”

Alex Jones got his first Jags goal having returned to the side last weekend and McCall was pleased to see the hard working striker find the back of the net.

“It was a great finish from Alex. I didn’t know it was his first goal for Thistle but he worked his socks off. He’s been out for a wee while and it has obviously been frustrating for him to recover but we’ve got him back now and he offers something different in our attacking areas. He allows Kenny to play a bit freer which is great for the team, it contributed to a good win for the team which has sent all the guys and girls in red and yellow up the road to enjoy their weekend.”

A more in depth video interview with Ian McCall is available to Jagzone subscribers now as well as reaction from Alex Jones and Dario Zanatta – 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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