Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Hamilton Accies

Tuesday 19th February 2013
A Muirhead (pen 55)

Partick punish poor Accies

Aaron Muirhead scored the only goal of the game as Partick moved within two points of league leaders Morton with a win against Hamilton.

Chances were at a premium in a poor first half with neither side able to create many genuine opportunities.

Aaron Sinclair enjoyed the hosts best moment after 20 minutes when he was unlucky to see his strike come back off a post.

The Accies showed nothing to dispel their lowly league position, failing to register a single shot in the first 45 minutes.

They found themselves on the back foot immediately after the restart as Steven Craig and Aaron Sinclair both went close.

Muirhead eventually broke the deadlock in the 55th minute from the penalty spot after Martin Canning fouled Christopher Erskine.

The Jags refused to loosen their grip on the game, restricting the visitors to very few opportunities to close in grab an equaliser.

OfficialJohn McKendrick
Attendance2,046
VenueFirhill Stadium
Kick Off
Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Hamilton Accies
0:44
Corner taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot from the right byline
1:13
Clearance by Louis Longridge
3:03
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
3:10
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
3:44
Cross from Stevie May
3:54
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
4:50
Offside flag raised against Steven Craig
4:53
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
5:49
Shot taken by Darian Mackinnon with his right foot
6:01
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
7:35
Corner taken by Stephen O'Donnell with his right foot from the right byline
9:19
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
10:19
Foul on Darian Mackinnon
10:25
Free Kick taken by Alexander Neil
11:14
Foul on Paul Paton
11:20
Free Kick taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
13:02
Shot taken by Grant Gillespie using his left foot from the centre penalty area
13:15
Block taken by Kevin Cuthbert
13:18
Corner taken by Grant Gillespie with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
13:30
Foul on Steven Craig
13:35
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
14:57
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
15:10
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
16:42
Foul on Steven Lawless
16:48
Free Kick taken by Stuart Bannigan from the left wing
17:14
Shot taken by Aaron Muirhead from the left penalty area
17:20
Corner taken by Steven Lawless with his right foot from the left byline
17:47
Clearance by Alexander Neil
18:03
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
19:22
Shot taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot from the left penalty area
19:52
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
21:17
Corner taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot from the right byline
21:38
Clearance by Alexander Neil
24:50
Foul on Chris Erskine
24:59
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
25:39
Shot taken by Conrad Balatoni with his right foot
25:56
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
27:47
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
27:56
Free Kick taken by Sean Welsh from the left wing
28:18
Foul on Stephen O'Donnell
28:22
Free Kick taken by Stuart Bannigan from the left wing
29:07
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
30:38
Corner taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot from the right byline
31:35
Clearance by Louis Longridge
31:43
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
32:39
Foul on Aaron Muirhead
32:51
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
33:17
BOOKING: Darian Mackinnon of Hamilton Accies given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
34:56
Foul on Sean Welsh
35:01
Free Kick taken by Paul Paton from the right wing
37:23
Corner taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot from the right byline
37:57
Shot taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot from the centre penalty area
38:16
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
39:24
Foul on Stevie May
39:29
Free Kick taken by Stephen Hendrie
41:54
Shot taken by Steven Craig with his right foot from the centre penalty area
42:07
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
42:39
Hand Ball taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
42:42
Free Kick taken by Grant Gillespie from the right wing
43:51
Foul on Paul Paton
44:01
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
Half Time
Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Hamilton Accies
Second Half Started
Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Hamilton Accies
46:09
Foul on Jonathan Page
46:19
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
47:24
Shot taken by Darian Mackinnon using his left foot
47:41
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
48:33
Offside flag raised against Darian Mackinnon
48:34
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
49:44
Foul on Steven Lawless
49:49
Free Kick taken by Sean Welsh
50:17
Corner taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot from the left byline
50:47
Shot taken by Steven Craig from the left penalty area
51:00
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
51:27
Foul on Grant Gillespie
51:36
Free Kick taken by Grant Gillespie from the left wing
51:49
Corner taken by Grant Gillespie using his left foot from the left byline
52:17
Clearance by Stuart Bannigan
53:29
Offside flag raised against Steven Craig
53:30
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Page
54:12
Foul on Chris Erskine
54:48
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Aaron Muirhead and scored with his right foot to the bottom right
54:48
Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Hamilton Accies
GOAL scored by Aaron Muirhead with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom right of the goal.
56:41
Foul on Stephen O'Donnell
56:46
Free Kick taken by Stuart Bannigan from the right wing
57:08
Shot taken by Stephen O'Donnell with his right foot
57:24
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
59:36
Foul on Chris Erskine
59:40
Free Kick taken by Aaron Muirhead
60:49
Corner taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot from the left byline
61:18
Clearance by Alexander Neil
61:39
Foul on Stevie May
61:42
Free Kick taken by Stephen Hendrie
65:20
Hand Ball taken by Conrad Balatoni
65:23
Free Kick taken by Stephen Hendrie
65:52
Corner taken by Grant Gillespie with his right foot from the right byline
66:24
Foul on Chris Erskine
66:31
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
66:54
Shot taken by Steven Craig with his right foot from the right penalty area
67:07
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
67:15
Substitution for Hamilton Accies: Gary Fisher on for Alexander Neil
68:32
Shot taken by Chris Erskine using his left foot from the centre penalty area
68:44
Block taken by Kevin Cuthbert
69:02
Foul on Darian Mackinnon
69:05
Free Kick taken by Gary Fisher from the right wing
69:39
Shot taken by Gary Fisher using his left foot from the left penalty area
69:50
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
74:09
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
74:15
Foul on Gary Fisher
74:21
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Page
75:08
Corner taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot from the left byline
75:29
Clearance by Stevie May
75:34
Foul on Stevie May
75:40
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
76:33
Shot taken by Grant Gillespie with his right foot
76:52
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
78:11
Shot taken by Stuart Bannigan with his right foot from the left penalty area
78:27
Block taken by Kevin Cuthbert
79:32
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
79:51
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Kris Doolan on for Steven Craig
80:33
Substitution for Hamilton Accies: Jon McShane on for Louis Longridge
82:51
Substitution for Hamilton Accies: Alister Crawford on for Zygmunt Gordon
83:32
Foul on Gary Fisher
83:37
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
84:48
Corner taken by Alister Crawford with his right foot from the left byline
85:12
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
85:27
Offside flag raised against Steven Lawless
85:28
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
87:40
Foul on Stuart Bannigan
87:52
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
87:56
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Ross Forbes on for Steven Lawless
89:46
Corner taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the right byline
90:00+1:07
Foul on Paul Paton
90:00+1:14
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell from the right wing
Full Time
Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Hamilton Accies

Partick Thistle

vs

Hamilton Accies

1
Goals
0
10
Shots
5
4
On Target
1
7
Off Target
4
1
Crosses
1
10
Corners
4
41
Throw Ins
18
0
Saves
2
2
Clearances
6
5
Goal Kicks
12
0
Blocks
3
17
Free Kicks
14
3
Offside
1
2
Hand Balls
0
1
Penalties
0
0
Yellow Cards
1

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Scott Fox
02.Stephen O'Donnell
03.Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
05.Aaron Muirhead
11.Chris Erskine
04.Paul Paton
06.Conrad Balatoni
07.Sean Welsh
08.Stuart Bannigan
09.Steven Craig 80+0' Tactical
10.Steven Lawless 88+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Glen Daniels
17.Alan Archibald
16.Mark McGuigan
14.Kris Doolan 80+0' Tactical
15.Ross Forbes 88+0' Tactical

Hamilton Accies

Formation: 4-4-1-1

01.Kevin Cuthbert
02.Zygmunt Gordon 83+0' Tactical
03.Stephen Hendrie
04.Martin Canning
05.Jonathan Page
06.Jonathon Routledge
08.Grant Gillespie
10.Alexander Neil 68+0' Tactical
07.Louis Longridge 81+0' Tactical
09.Stevie May
11.Darian Mackinnon (34+0: Unsporting behaviour)

Substitutes

17.Scott Christie
12.Michael Devlin
14.Gary Fisher 68+0' Tactical
15.Alister Crawford 83+0' Tactical
16.Jon McShane 81+0' Tactical

Murray missing for Thistle

Second-placed Partick will be without Hugh Murray against Hamilton after the midfielder was sent off in the 2-2 draw with leaders Morton on Saturday.

Striker Steven Craig is a doubt after he sustained a leg injury at Cappielow with interim manager Alan Archibald looking for his side to make a statement as they play the first of three games in hand over the Greenock side.

Archibald said: "I am keeping my thinking straightforward and that is if we win our games in hand we go back to the top of the table.

"It is a difficult start against a Hamilton side that have beaten us twice this season, but if I get the same effort I got on Saturday then we will not be far away."

Hamilton have a doubt over Andy Ryan for the clash after the striker suffered an ankle injury in training.

The New Douglas Park side add Stephen Hendrie to the squad after the full-back recovered from a slight leg strain he sustained at a Scotland Under-19 training camp.

Manager Billy Reid said: "We can go to Firhill with some confidence after winning twice against Thistle this season. Both of those wins were achieved through a lot of hard work from players who had to stand tall during periods of Thistle pressure.

"Thistle need the points to close in on Morton, so we will need those qualities to be on display again. If we can keep Thistle out we have good strikers that can get us goals."

Shots

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As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Morton 24 20 49
2 Partick Thistle 22 25 44
3 Dunfermline 24 13 39
4 Livingston 23 4 36
5 Falkirk 24 -1 33
6 Raith Rovers 22 0 28
7 Hamilton Accies 22 -5 24
8 Cowdenbeath 23 -6 23
9 Dumbarton 22 -22 23
10 Airdrieonians 24 -28 18

Updated 19/02/2013 at 21:48