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SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership
Wed 13 December, 2017. Kick Off: - 19:45
The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill

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Partick Thistle
1
Tomas Cerny
4
Jordan Turnbull
5
Niall Keown
7
Blair Spittal
13
Adam Barton
15
Daniel Devine
16
Paul McGinn
18
Conor Sammon
19
Ryan Edwards
37
Martin Woods
39
Miles Storey
 
Subs
12
Ryan Scully
9
Kris Doolan
10
Chris Erskine
11
Steven Lawless
17
Milan Nitriansky
22
Gary Fraser
24
Andrew McCarthy
Motherwell
13
Russell Griffiths
2
Richard Tait
4
Liam Grimshaw
8
Carl McHugh
11
Elliott Frear
12
Ryan Bowman
15
Andy Rose
18
Charles Dunne
20
Deimantas Petravicius
21
Cedric Kipre
22
Allan Campbell
 
Subs
3
Steven Hammell
5
Gael Bigirimana
24
George Newell
26
Ross MacLean
27
Craig Tanner
29
Adam Livingstone
31
David Turnbull
 
Subs
12
Ryan Scully
9
Kris Doolan
10
Chris Erskine
11
Steven Lawless
17
Milan Nitriansky
22
Gary Fraser
24
Andrew McCarthy
 
Subs
3
Steven Hammell
5
Gael Bigirimana
24
George Newell
26
Ross MacLean
27
Craig Tanner
29
Adam Livingstone
31
David Turnbull
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Motherwell – 13th December 2017

Saturday’s trip to Ayrshire was a tough one to take for everyone associated with Partick Thistle Football Club but the hard work to put it right started immediately. With Motherwell visiting the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill on Wednesday Archibald’s men have the perfect opportunity to bounce straight back. Indeed it was the Firhill gaffer who spoke to ptfc.co.uk at a frosty Lesser Hampden ahead of the team’s training session on Tuesday.

Archie said: “Saturday was definitely hurtful but it was embarrassing as well in terms of the scoreline. I don’t want to take nothing away from Kilmarnock’s performance but we absolutely need to get a reaction from the lads on Wednesday night.

“We’re at home against Motherwell and we definitely owe our fans a result after the weekend. The players know that and we know that so we just need to make sure we deliver.”

It was hard viewing for Thistle fans at Rugby Park and Archibald certainly didn’t take the result or performance lightly.

“I think Saturday was probably the worst we’ve felt as a group since I took over. The point we made to the players was that it wasn’t a Celtic, Rangers or Aberdeen who beat us it was one of our rivals. We had the chance to get within a point of them and just didn’t take it. I think that is one of the most difficult things to get over.

“There were aspects of the performance that were decent but unfortunately the manner of the goals override everything. There are people who were at the game who will say it didn’t feel like a 5-1 match and at half time we were well in the game with nothing much in it – we had some good chances. That being said, the goals we gave away were horrendous – two set plays, two individual errors and a penalty. No matter how well you play you can’t defend like that or there will be no way back for you.”

When Kilmarnock scored the third it had a clear impact on the Jags players and marked a turning point in the game.

“I think there is definitely a lack of confidence but the last couple of performances before Saturday didn’t look like that. There wasn’t really a lack of confidence against Hearts or Hibs but when that third goal went in you could see there was a real dearth of belief.

“We just have to be as positive as we can. We’ve analysed the game and watched it back with the players. We looked at what went wrong and we’ve got to try and address it when it comes to Wednesday night. Every player in that dressing room is an honest, hardworking pro and they’re desperate to put it right just like we are. Trust me, it hurt and embarrassed them on Saturday as well so there is plenty of motivation for Wednesday night against Motherwell.

“I think this is the most testing period I’ve had as a manager. We’ve gone through tough spells before but probably never quite this bad. That combined with the fact that the league is much more unforgiving too means it’s definitely up there.

“Wednesday gives us a chance to potentially get back in among the pack and that’s the beauty of football – there is nearly always an opportunity to put it right just around the corner. That’s the aim for Wednesday night and we want to give our fans something positive to shout about.

“Everyone at the club is desperate to get back on the right track, We’ve worked hard this week so hopefully that starts on Wednesday night.”

Injuries have featured heavily this season so Archibald was relieved not to have any additional issues to deal with.

“In terms of our team news there are no changes in availability since Saturday so we should have the same squad of players available for selection.”

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94’Full Time Report

Thistle hang on for a vital three points as Motherwell pull two goals back in a second half that saw Thistle under incredible pressure. 

 
94’Full Time
 
90’+03’

The ball is thumped deep into the Motherwell half. 

 
90’+01’

Tait gets his head to the free kick but the ball goes over the bar for a goal kick. 

 
90’+01’

Motherwell have a free kick in from the left touchline. 

 
90’

Frear reaches a cross and the ball flies straight into the arms of Cerny. 

 
90’

Minimum of 4 minutes additional time to be played. 

 
89’

Barton gets the ball clear. 

89’Motherwell corner from the left
 
87’

Tanner's shot is blocked before Barton steps in to clear. 

86’Thistle substitution: Kris Doolan replaces Miles Storey
 
85’

Thistle Man of the Match: Ryan Edwards

 
85’

It's panic stations at the back before McGinn gets the ball clear. 

84’Motherwell corner from the left
83’Thistle substitution: Steven Lawless replaces Blair Spittal
 
82’

Storey nearly eases all the nerves with a curling shot that goes about a foot over the bar. 

 
81’

Storey nearly forces McHugh into an error butthe Motherwell player gets the ball clear. 

 
80’

Cerny catches a cross right underneath his crossbar. 

 
79’

Fraser and Spittal exchange passes at the edge of the box but Fraser can't find a way through to goal. 

78’Goal Motherwell! Craig Tanner
Thistle 3 - Motherwell 2

We have a game on our hands now. Tanner avoids a challenge or two before burying a low shot past Cerny. 

 
78’

Keown is there to head a cross clear. 

75’Thistle corner from the right
75’Thistle corner from the left

Storey wins Thistle a corner. 

 
73’

Fraser gets into a promising position inside the Motherwell penalty area but he is unable to find a team mate and an attack breaks down.

 
73’

Thistle have a free kick inside the Motherwell half. 

 
72’

The Thistle fans are trying to get behind their team as Motherwell continue to do virtually all the pressing. 

 
70’

A rare attack from Thistle but the ball is whipped away from the feet of Spittal as he collects a pass from Storey. 

69’Motherwell Booking - Ryan Bowman
 
68’

The ball is delivered into the Thistle box but Cerny claims it. 

 
68’

Motherwell win a free kick deep inside the Thistle half. Another chance to deliver a ball into the box. 

 
67’

Mothewrwell nearly force home the most recent corner but a nervy Thistle defence get the ball clear before an effort is hooked over the bar for a Thistle goal kick. 

66’Motherwell corner from the left
66’Motherwell corner from the left

Cerny pushes a Bowman shot round his post. 

66’Motherwell corner from the left
65’Motherwell substitution: Ross MacLean replaces Deimantas Petravicius
65’Thistle substitution: Gary Fraser replaces Martin Woods
 
64’

In winning that ball Woods looks to have suffered a touch of cramp. 

64’Motherwell corner from the left

The outstretched foot of Woods nips the ball behind for a corner. 

 
60’

The referee spots a push as the corner comes over and Thistle have a free kick. Vitally important that Thistle weather this period of Motherwell pressure. 

59’Motherwell corner from the left
59’Motherwell corner from the right
 
58’

The play is all heading towards the Thistle goal at the moment. A ball deep heading deep into the Thistle box is deflected and that takes the pace off the ball allowing Cerny to gather. 

55’Goal Motherwell! Ryan Bowman
Thistle 3 - Motherwell 1

This time the Motherwell goal does count. Te corner comes over and Bowman's header finds the net despite the best attempts of Cerny to keep it out. 

55’Motherwell corner from the left
 
54’

Well we thought Motherwell had scored. Tanner's free kick being touched home by Kipre. As the Motherwell players made their way back for the restart there was a furious reaction from the Thistle players and once Robertson, who initially gave the goal, consulted with his assistant the goal was ruled out. A strange series of events. 

 
52’

Motherwell have a free kick about 35 yards from the Thistle goal and a chance to get the ball into the box. 

 
47’

Motherwell are the first to attack in the second half but Bowman sends a header from a cross from the left well wide of target. 

45’Motherwell substitution: Gael Bigirimana replaces Andy Rose
45’Motherwell substitution: Craig Tanner replaces Liam Grimshaw
 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’+01’Half Time Report

Alan Archibald wanted a response from his players and he certainly got that with Thistle netting 3 times in the first 27 minutes. 

Blair Spittal got things off and running with a beautiful free kick. Ryan Edwards made it 2-0 when he converted a Miles Storey pass and Storey was involved again when he set up Conor Sammon for the third goal. 

Motherwell have reacted well to falling three behind and they have had a couple of chances to reduce the leeway before half-time suggesting that Thistle's work is far from completed yet. 

 
45’+01’Half-Time
 
45’

Minimum of 1 minute additional time to be played. 

 
44’

Frear is again a threat to the Thistle goal and from 15 yards out he curls a shot not too far over the Thistle crossbar. 

 
43’

Grimshaw advances into the Thistle box but his route to goal is halted by a well judged challenge from Turnbull. 

 
42’

Frear's cross is cleared but only as far as Rose who shoots from the edge of the box. Cerny though makes a relatively comfortable save down near his right hand post. 

 
37’

Thistle clear Frear's corner from near the goal line but the ball is worked back to Frear. This time his cross is met by the head of Dunne who although he heads powerfully he also heads wide when he should perhaps have scored. 

36’Motherwell corner from the left
 
36’

There is a half chance for Barton at the edge of the Motherwell box but he can't keep his shot down and the ball clears the crossbar. 

 
35’

Bit of pressure from Motherwell but Frear's cross is headed clear. 

 
33’

Storey finds Barton inside the Mothwerwell box. Barton feeds the ball back to Storey but his cross goes out of play. 

27’Goal Thistle! Conor Sammon
Thistle 3 - Motherwell 0

It's three for Thistle. Storey is again involved with a pass to Sammon. Sammon strides forward and knocks a low shot past Griffiths for his first goal as a Thistle player. 

 
24’

Frear sends a cross the the back post that Rose heads back across goal but Thistle clear. 

 
23’

Some fine defending from Keown halts a run from Frear. 

22’Goal Thistle! Ryan Edwards
Thistle 2 - Motherwell 0

Thistle double their lead in fine fashion. Storey collects the ball on the right and his inch perfect pass picks out the forward run of Edwards and his first time shot flies into the roof of the net. 

 
20’

Woods' corner is cleared and Motherwell try and launch a quick counter attack but the ball goes out for a Thistle throw on the half way line. 

20’Thistle corner from the left
20’Thistle corner from the left
 
18’

The free kick is well defended and Thistle break quickly through Storey on the right. His cross is met by Woods whose glancing header slips wide of the far post. 

 
17’

Motherwell earn a free kick a yard outside the Thistle box about 6 yards from the bye line. 

15’Goal Thistle! Blair Spittal
Thistle 1 - Motherwell 0

Spittal takes the free kick and curls a beauty into the top right hand corner leaving Griffiths with no chance. Thistle have a deserved reward for a positive opening to the game. 

 
14’

Sammon is fouled right at the left hand corner of the Motherwell box. 

 
08’

It's another decent corner from Woods this time aimed towards the back post. Motherwell clear but Barton collects the ball before it goes out and his cross is blocked. 

07’Thistle corner from the right
 
06’

Spittal sends over a good cross from the left. Edwards tries to get the ball under control but it gets trapped under his feet and Motherwell clear. 

 
04’

It's a good corner from Woods but a Motherwell defender under a little pressure heads clear.

03’Thistle corner from the left

A positive run from Storey ends with the game's first corner. 

 
02’

Storey whips in a great ball from the left that is just too high for Sammon. Good positive start from Thistle. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

Alan Archibald has made three changes to the starting eleven from the side that lost in such disappointing fashion at Kilmarnock at the weekend. 

Into the side come Conor Sammon, Martin Woods, who makes his first start as a Thistle player, and Miles Storey. 

Dropping to the bench are Kris Doolan, Chris Erskine and Steven Lawless. 

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Motherwell – 13th December 2017

A poor start to a crucial December month for Partick Thistle was amplified massively by a dreadful 5-1 defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock on Saturday. The loss represented the Jags’ fourth consecutive game without victory and left them four points behind 11th place. However, this evening, as they faced Motherwell, they produced the necessary response. Goals from Blair Spittal, Ryan Edwards and Conor Sammon saw Thistle into the break 3-0 up. There would be a fightback from Motherwell as Bowman and Tanner scored following the interval but the hosts were able to hold on for a 3-2 win that takes them to within a point of Dundee. Thistle boss, Alan Archibald, spoke to ptfc.co.uk following the match.

Archie first told us how relieved he was that his side saw the game out, keeping Motherwell from taking any points as they ramped up the pressure in the second half.

“We’ve seen Motherwell pull themselves back into games before and we knew at half time that they would react. I think we looked like a team who haven’t been winning much in that second half. We were dropping slowly deeper and there was an element of fear in the way we defended but at the end of the day I’m just pleased that we got over the line and got the three points.”

The gaffer spoke very well of Martin Woods who made his first Thistle start tonight. The ex-Barnsley midfielder played excellently at the base of the Jags’ midfield, giving his teammates in the middle of the park more freedom and solidity.

“I think in previous weeks we’ve lost our shape a bit too much during games which has cost us and that’s where Martin made the difference tonight. He was leading the others and filling in when the gaps appeared and that gave us a solid base to build on going forward. He was tired in the second half and had to come off but we have to expect that when he hasn’t started a game in over six months.”

Alan also mentioned Conor Sammon who scored his first Partick Thistle goal tonight, slotting past Russell Griffiths after stealing the ball off the toes of Allan Campbell.

“It’s been a bit stop-start for Conor since he arrived. When the team is losing games we’re going to have to try different shapes and tactics to try to find the right formula but some strikers find form in consistency. Tonight he was a handful, especially in the first half. I thought he ran the channels well and he was rewarded for is efforts; winning the free kick for the opener and getting the third himself.”

Archie was pleased with Blair Spittal tonight as well. Putting in a good performance in an unfamiliar wing-back role and grabbing the opener which represented his third free kick goal of the season.

“We know what Blair is capable of, especially from those set pieces. He started his season on fire and it feels like he’s always involved in the goals we score. His form has probably dipped a little bit along with the rest of the team but he has also had to play in different roles. He always gives his all and the application was great across the board tonight.”

Although his side did hold out for the win, Alan has highlighted set plays as an area to continue work on in training as Motherwell found some success from corners and free kicks.

“There were plenty of positive to take for the defence but we struggled with the set pieces, without a doubt. They have plenty of height and we knew that they would be good from set plays. The delivery was much better when they brought Craig Tanner on at half time and that’s when they started to get the better of us at set pieces. That will be one of the pointers we take from the game.”

Alan and his Thistle side now travel to the City of Discovery to take on Dundee this Saturday with the chance to get off the bottom of the table. Kick-off is 15:00 from Dens Park.

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