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SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership
Sat 21 September, 2013. Kick Off: - 15:00
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Scott Fox
2
Stephen O'Donnell
3
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
4
Sean Welsh
5
Aaron Muirhead
6
Conrad Balatoni
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Kris Doolan
11
Steven Lawless (Christie Elliott (14), 61 mins)
19
Isaac Osbourne (James Craigen (7), 90 mins)
23
Kallum Higginbotham (Ross Forbes (10), 76 mins)
 
Subs
12
Paul Gallacher (GK)
7
James Craigen
10
Ross Forbes
14
Christie Elliott
17
John Baird
20
Mark Kerr
22
Gary Fraser
Kilmarnock
1
Craig Samson
2
Jeroen Tesselaar (Rory McKeown (23), 5 mins)
5
Jackson Irvine
6
Darren Barr
7
Barry Nicholson
9
Kris Boyd
16
Sean Clohessy
19
Rabiu Ibrahim (Mark Stewart (22), 76 mins)
25
Michael Gardyne (William Gros (11), 85 mins)
29
Manuel Pascali
83
Ismael Bouzid
 
Subs
12
Antonio Reguero (GK)
11
William Gros
20
Kyle Jacobs
22
Mark Stewart
23
Rory McKeown
26
Mark O'Hara
30
Lee Ashcroft
 
Subs
12
Paul Gallacher (GK)
7
James Craigen
10
Ross Forbes
14
Christie Elliott
17
John Baird
20
Mark Kerr
22
Gary Fraser
 
Subs
12
Antonio Reguero (GK)
11
William Gros
20
Kyle Jacobs
22
Mark Stewart
23
Rory McKeown
26
Mark O'Hara
30
Lee Ashcroft
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock – 21st September 2013

Defeat last Saturday against Aberdeen was a bitter disappointed for all associated with Partick Thistle. Tomorrow afternoon, however, provides us with the opportunity to bounce back in the best possible fashion; with three points against Kilmarnock.
Heads were a little down immediately after last Saturday’s game but as manager Alan Archibald revealed when speaking to [link:HOME] earlier today focus is now well and truly on tomorrow’s home game with Kilmarnock.
“The players were a bit down on Monday but after a week’s training they are focused and ready to go against Kilmarnock tomorrow. Obviously last week’s game was a big disappointment for us; more so because it was individual errors that cost each of the three goals. Although Aberdeen played well and deserved their win that was one of the most disappointing things about the defeat. I’ve stressed to the players the importance of not making mistakes even when you are not playing well. If you can do that, and avoid giving goals away, then you can stay in a game even when not playing well. Last week we didn’t do that. Individual errors and having too many players playing below their best was our undoing last week.”
Alan continued;
“The players though are more than aware that they didn’t perform last week. It was a painful lesson for them to learn but if they have learned from it then it might well prove to be a lesson worth learning.”
Tomorrow’s opponents, Kilmarnock, have yet to collect their first Premiership win of the season and in Alan’s opinion that makes them dangerous opponents.
“Somebody said to me that with Kilmarnock not having won yet that it was a good time for us to be playing them. They’ve got to win at some point though and by all accounts they were the better side for spells last week against Inverness and were unlucky not to take something from the game. They will be difficult opponents, no mistake about that. It will be important for us to start the game well and hopefully take advantage of any lack of confidence that Kilmarnock might have. Equally though they will be thinking the same thing as we are going into the match on the back of a bad result.”
Finally Alan was able to give us the all important team news.
“Jordan McMillan played the full 90 minutes of the under 20 game at St Johnstone during the week but he’s now hurt his thigh and will be a doubt for tomorrow. Jordan really has had no luck at all this season. Other than Jordan everyone is fit. Conrad Balatoni has trained all week but he trained Thursday and Friday of last week before having to pull out so we’re hoping that he will be okay for tomorrow’s game. Sean Welsh, as well as having played last week, has now had the benefit of two full week’s of training.”
Partick Thistle Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
2              1              2              6              7
Scorers Season 2013-2014
Steven Lawless 3
Aaron Muirhead 2
Conrad Balatoni 1
Kris Doolan 1
Christie Elliott 1
Ross Forbes 1
Kallum Higginbotham 1
Stephen O’Donnell 1
Last Game
Scottish Premiership
Saturday September 14th 2013
Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 3
Kilmarnock Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
0              1              4              3              7
Scorers Season 2013-2014
Kris Boyd 2
Barry Nicholson 2
Last Game
Scottish Premiership
Saturday September 14th 2013
Kilmarnock 1, Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2
Last Meeting
Scottish Premier League
Saturday May 15th 2004
Partick Thistle 2, Kilmarnock 2
Teams
Thistle: Pinkowski, Madaschi, Murray, A Gibson (Britton), Strachan (Anis), B Gibson, Mitchell, Mitchell, Fleming, A Ross (Panther), Grady.
Kilmarnock: Smith, Canning (Locke), Lilley, Dindeleux, Hay, Invincible, Fowler, Murray, Boyd, McDonald, Nish (Dargo).
Scorers
Thistle: Grady (20, 90)
Kilmarnock: Boyd (6), Dargo (68)
Crowd: 4,124
Match Details
Scottish Premiership
Saturday September 21st 2013
Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock
Kick-off: 3:00pm
Admission Prices
Programme £3
Other Premiership Fixtures
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st
Aberdeen v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Celtic v St Johnstone
Hibernian v St Mirren
Ross County v Hearts
SUNDAY SEPTMEBER 22nd
Dundee United v Motherwell
Match Officials
Referee: Bobby Madden
Assistant Referees: Alasdair Ross and Stuart Stevenson

Match Report

Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock – 21st September 2013

It was another afternoon of frustration for Thistle as they had to settle for just a single point from an entertaining fixture with Kilmarnock that they had enjoyed by far the better of.
Manager Alan Archibald declared after the game that he was delighted with the way his players responded to the defeat to Aberdeen in their previous fixture and he made three changes from that game for the visit of Kilmarnock. Conrad Balatoni, sufficiently recovered from his hamstring injury, returned in the centre of defence, Isaac Osbourne occupied a place in the Thistle midfield and Kris Doolan got the nod ahead of John Baird to start up front.
Thistle made a positive opening to this game and they had the ball in the back of the Kilmarnock net as early the 4th minute only for Kris Doolan to see his effort disallowed for an apparent handball. It was an encouraging start from Thistle though and they continued to press for an early goal. Kallum Higginbotham turned well at the edge of the Kilmarnock box only to see his shot saved by a well positioned Craig Samson and Kris Doolan went to ground inside the Kilmarnock box in the 9th minute but despite Thistle appeals for a penalty referee Bobby Madden didn’t point to the spot.
Less than a minute later, however, that was precisely what he was doing; Pascali’s high challenge on Steven Lawless earning Thistle the opportunity to take an early lead from the penalty spot. That they did when Aaron Muirhead calmly slotted home his third penalty of the season.
Thistle were in total control of the game at this point and they were unfortunate not to have doubled their lead at least by the half-time whistle. In the 18th minute Steven Lawless caught the ball on the half volley at the edge of the Kilmarnock box but Samson was once more well placed to save.
Two minutes later the Kilmarnock keeper produced an even better save this time pushing away Kris Doolan’s left foot drive after the Thistle striker had out muscled  the Kilmarnock central defence to create the opening for himself.
There was one reminder, in the 30th minute, of the fragility of a one goal lead when Barry Nicholson nearly levelled the scores with a glancing header that went narrowly wide of Scott Fox’s right hand post.
It was Thistle though that finished the half on top and were close again to a second goal when Samson did well to tip a Higginbotham header over the bar following a cross from the right from Sean Welsh.
After a first half of almost total Thistle dominance the opening 20 minutes of the second half were in sharp contrast to what had unfolded in the previous 45 with Kilmarnock storming right back into the game.
They were level in fact just three minutes into the second half. Sean Clohessy sent over a cross from the right and Kris Boyd was able to peel off Aaron Muirhead and bury a header low into the corner of the Thistle net.
Just 2 minutes later Boyd was close to giving his side the lead and would have done so had Scott Fox not made an outstanding save to keep Boyd’s net bound header out. A short time later, as Kilmarnock increased the pressure on the Thistle rear guard, Fox again excelled; this time pushing away a header from Bouzid.
On the hour mark Alan Archibald introduced Christie Elliott for Steven Lawless and having weathered the Kilmarnock storm Thistle once again started to assert themselves on proceedings.
In the 66th minute Kris Doolan, after being set up by Stephen O’Donnell, saw his first time shot saved at his near post by Samson before, in the 70th minute, substitute Christie Elliott smacked a shot off the post after collecting a pass from Taylor-Sinclair.
Taylor-Sinclair was involved again a minute later when Kris Doolan couldn’t quite connect with Taylor-Sinclair’s teasing right foot cross.
Christie Elliott, not for the first time this season, was making a big impact on the game after coming on as a substitute and with 10 minutes remaining he tried to angle a shot wide of Samson only to see his effort drift wide of goal.
He was much closer, however, in the 86th minute when Samson was forced into making a fine one handed stop to prevent Elliott from re-establishing a deserved Thistle lead.
There were four minutes of injury time at the end of a fiercely contested encounter and in the 4th and final minute of that injury time Thistle were once more close to snatching a winner. The Kilmarnock defence was sliced open as Thistle launched a swift counter attack and it took a tremendous last ditch challenge from Mark Stewart to prevent Christie Elliott from knocking the ball into the back of the net.

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock – 21st September 2013

Alan Archibald had mixed emotions when he spoke to [link:HOME] after yesterday’s game. On one hand he was pleased with his side’s overall performance but equally disappointed that that they didn’t collect all three points.
Said Alan;
“I was absolutely delighted with the way that we reacted to last week’s defeat. They did everything that was asked of them. They started the game well and they started the game on the front foot.”
The manager continued;
“From our point of view the big disappointing thing was the goal that we gave away. I’m not sure if it coming so soon after half-time is down to the youth of our team or not but we stressed to the boys at half-time what to expect. We expected that Kilmarnock would come out the traps fast at the start of the second half but the fact that goal came after we had given away possession was frustrating. Kilmarnock really got their heads up as a result of that and they had their best spell in the game after that.”
During that good spell that Kilmarnock had they came close on a couple of occasions to taking the lead and would have done so but for some fine saves from Scott Fox and Alan was quick to praise the contribution of his highly rated goalkeeper.
“I’ve mentioned a few times before just how important Scott Fox is to us. He was one of the first players that we got signed up for this season and I was delighted with that. He was outstanding for us last season and he outstanding again today with some great saves.”
Thistle recovered well from that period of Kilmarnock pressure and looked the more likely side to win the game in the final quarter of the match.
“I thought that we finished the game really strongly and that our fitness levels really showed. Christie Elliott came on and made a big impact which he does do all the time. He brought an injection of pace and was unlucky not to score.”
It took a last ditch challenge deep in injury time to deny Christie the opportunity to score what surely would have been the winning goal with Alan feeling that praise should be directed the way of the Kilmarnock player for making the all important tackle.
“To be fair I think all the credit should go to the lad for getting back, I think that was right winger that was chasing back and he did brilliantly as I really did think we were about to score. That’s just one of these things and hopefully one of these days we are going to start taking these kind of chances, we are certainly making enough of them.”
Finally there was praise for Isaac Osbourne who in most people’s eyes was a deserved recipient of the Man of the Match award.
“Isaac was unlucky to miss out last week but he just got on with things. He trained hard all week and I thought that he deserved the man of the match award that he got today. He was outstanding for us and covered a lot of ground and won a lot of second balls.”

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