Calvin Zola scored his first goal for Aberdeen in a comfortable defeat of Partick Thistle at Firhill.

The visitors opened after a lively 13 minutes, Zola heading home from a Jonny Hayes corner.

Peter Pawlett latched onto a pass from Zola, netting from 12 yards six minutes later to double the lead.

Both sides were again lively after the re-start but it wasn't until the 70th minutes when Josh Magennis blasted home a right-footed third for the Dons.

It means Derek McInnes's side got back to winning ways in the Premiership for the first time since beating Motherwell away on 11 August.

Interview - Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald

Thistle, promoted from the second tier at the end of last season, have now been leapfrogged by Aberdeen in the league.

Barry Robson, Willo Flood, Russell Anderson and Niall McGinn were all missing for the visitors but there was little evidence of wholesale changes as they took control.

Returning from injury, winger Hayes slalomed inside, beating three Thistle defenders before forcing Scott Fox into an excellent save.

From Hayes' resulting corner, the ball was cleared to Michael Hector, who returned it back into the six-yard-box for Zola to nod into the bottom corner of the net.

Former Burton Albion striker Zola was crucial in Aberdeen doubling their lead on 20 minutes, dispossessing Gabriel Piccolo and introducing Pawlett, who dispatched home with two Thistle defenders on the line.

Aberdeen's four advanced midfielders supported the lone striker Zola well as Thistle struggled to make anything stick up-front through John Baird or Kallum Higginbotham.

Interview - Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

But there were signs of improvement from Thistle at the end of the half with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair forcing an excellent save from Jamie Langfield after the ball ricocheted off Andrew Considine.

On the stroke of the interval, James Craigen broke from midfield and teed up Sean Welsh, who shot into the side-netting.

Aberdeen, though, were back on top after the restart with Hayes almost adding a third.

Thistle keeper Fox then pulled off a terrific reactive save to deny the impressive Cammy Smith, who looked a certainty to score from Gregg Wylde's cross.

Jags boss Alan Archibald played all his cards before 62 minutes with Kris Doolan, Ross Forbes and Isaac Osbourne adding some fresh legs to the game.

But defensive frailties cost the home side again, as Piccolo lost out to the powering run of Magennis, who slammed home from a tight angle under the keeper.

At the other end, Higginbotham showed a rare glimpse of quality, hitting the post, but it was the sizeable Aberdeen support which went home happy with a convincing victory in Glasgow.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Sinclair
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 13 De la Vega
  • 04 Welsh (Osbourne - 52' )
  • 07 Craigen (Forbes - 59' )
  • 08 Bannigan Booked
  • 11 Lawless
  • 17 Baird (Doolan - 63' )
  • 23 Higginbotham

Substitutes

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 10 Forbes
  • 19 Osbourne
  • 20 Kerr
  • 22 Fraser
  • 09 Doolan
  • 14 Elliot

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Shaughnessy
  • 05 Considine (Robertson - 85' )
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 22 Jack Booked
  • 11 Hayes
  • 16 Pawlett Booked
  • 17 Wylde
  • 27 Hector
  • 07 Zola (Magennis - 63' )
  • 14 Smith (Storie - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Weaver
  • 03 Robertson
  • 18 Low
  • 26 Storie
  • 35 Murray
  • 09 Vernon
  • 21 Magennis
Ref: Beaton
Att: 6,193

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

4 7

Corners

4 6

Fouls

3 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:50

Clearance made by Jamie Langfield.

90:00 +2:08

Steven Lawless takes a shot. Jamie Langfield safely holds on.

90:00 +1:53

Steven Lawless takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:37 Booking

Booking

90:00 +1:37

Peter Pawlett is shown a yellow card for time wasting.

90:00 +1:29

Peter Pawlett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Lawless.

84:38 Substitution

Substitution Clark Robertson is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Considine.

82:34

Mark Reynolds makes a clearance.

82:24

Corner taken by Ross Forbes.

79:53

Shot by Ross Forbes went wide right of the target.

78:08

Stuart Bannigan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jamie Langfield catches the ball.

75:23

Kallum Higginbotham takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the post.

75:12

Clearance made by Jamie Langfield.

75:04

Corner taken by Ross Forbes.

70:35

Kallum Higginbotham takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

69:15

The assist for the goal came from Joe Shaughnessy.

69:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Magennis - Partick 0 - 3 Aberdeen Josh Magennis slots the ball right footed into the goal. Partick 0-3 Aberdeen.

68:00

Isaac Osbourne takes the free kick.

67:52

Foul by Michael Hector on Kris Doolan, free kick awarded.

67:31

Ross Forbes takes a shot and goes over the bar.

66:55

Ross Forbes restarts play with the free kick.

66:39

Ryan Jack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Lawless.

65:40

Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

65:07

The referee books Stuart Bannigan for unsporting behaviour.

65:07 Booking

Booking

65:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Storie by Stuart Bannigan.

64:20 Substitution

Substitution Craig Storie comes on in place of Cameron Smith.

62:26 Substitution

Substitution Kris Doolan on for John Baird.

62:03 Substitution

Substitution Josh Magennis replaces Calvin Zola.

60:53

Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.

60:39

The referee shows Ryan Jack a yellow card.

60:39 Booking

Booking

60:28

Calvin Zola fouled by Aaron Muirhead, the ref awards a free kick.

59:10

Clearance by Aaron Muirhead.

59:05

The ball is swung over by Gregg Wylde.

58:28

Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

58:18 Substitution

Substitution Ross Forbes is brought on as a substitute for James Craigen.

58:05

Steven Lawless gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett.

56:18

Kallum Higginbotham restarts play with the free kick.

56:10

Unfair challenge on Kallum Higginbotham by Jonny Hayes results in a free kick.

55:01

Aaron Sinclair crosses the ball in from the free kick.

54:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Shaughnessy on Kallum Higginbotham.

53:02

Cameron Smith heads at goal. A parry by Scott Fox prevents the goal.

51:57 Substitution

Substitution Isaac Osbourne is brought on as a substitute for Sean Welsh.

45:43

Shot by Jonny Hayes went wide of the left-hand upright.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:44

Clearance made by Aaron Muirhead.

45:00 +0:34

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jonny Hayes.

45:00 +0:03

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes.

44:42

Calvin Zola heads at goal. A parry by Scott Fox prevents the goal.

43:04

Jamie Langfield makes a clearance.

43:01

Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham from the left by-line.

42:32

Sean Welsh takes a shot.

36:58

The ball is delivered by Stephen O'Donnell.

36:25

Steven Lawless has an effort at goal. Jamie Langfield safely holds on.

36:04

Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham from the left by-line.

33:52

James Craigen manages to make a clearance.

33:34

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonny Hayes.

32:16

Gregg Wylde produces a cross.

30:55

Clearance by Ryan Jack.

30:51

Centre by Aaron Sinclair.

29:56

Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

29:40

The referee blows for offside against John Baird.

28:46

Jamie Langfield manages to make a clearance.

27:18

Clearance by Calvin Zola.

27:05

Kallum Higginbotham crosses the ball in from the free kick.

26:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Reynolds on Steven Lawless.

25:42

Sean Welsh has an effort at goal.

25:36

Sean Welsh restarts play with the free kick.

24:57

Aaron Sinclair fouled by Michael Hector, the ref awards a free kick.

23:28

Clearance made by Michael Hector.

23:06

Free kick taken by Sean Welsh.

22:57

Unfair challenge on Sean Welsh by Peter Pawlett results in a free kick.

22:11

The ball is delivered by Aaron Sinclair.

21:41

Jonny Hayes takes a shot.

21:26

Clearance made by Jamie Langfield.

19:19

The assist for the goal came from Calvin Zola.

19:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Pawlett - Partick 0 - 2 Aberdeen Peter Pawlett scores with their left foot. Partick 0-2 Aberdeen.

18:31

Clearance made by Gabriel Piccolo.

18:04

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes from the right by-line.

16:29

Gregg Wylde crosses the ball.

12:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Calvin Zola - Partick 0 - 1 Aberdeen Calvin Zola scores with a header. Partick 0-1 Aberdeen.

12:12

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes from the left by-line.

11:48

Shot by Jonny Hayes.

11:11

Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.

11:06

The ball is swung over by Stephen O'Donnell.

9:31

Stuart Bannigan restarts play with the free kick.

9:20

Foul by Calvin Zola on Sean Welsh, free kick awarded.

7:30

Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

7:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against John Baird.

4:11

Clearance made by Sean Welsh.

3:54

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes.

3:23

The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde.

0:32

Sean Welsh restarts play with the free kick.

0:26

Foul by Cameron Smith on Sean Welsh, free kick awarded.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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