Partick v St Mirren

St Mirren hit back to claim a share of the spoils against Partick at Firhill.

25 April 2014 Last updated at 19:16

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  1. 1915: 

    The race to avoid the dreaded relegation play-off is gathering pace...

    Partick Thistle host St Mirren with Alan Archibald's men a solitary point behind the Buddies.

    Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of the Premiership clash at Firhill.

  2. 1916: 

    "You learn the pressure," says Partick boss Alan Archibald. "The pressure comes with it.

    "A lot of our lads haven't got the experience of being in a dogfight before, but they have a lot of experience of last year when they had to go out and win every single game, or match Morton's results.

    "It's something they did really well, and hopefully they will draw on that experience and it will stand us in good stead during the run-in."

  3. 1917: 

    "We are on the back of two back-to-back wins there with very good performances," says St Mirren boss Danny Lennon.

    "And, although we have pulled Hibs into that battle to avoid the play-off position, it is going to take a brave man to predict where anybody will finish.

    "I certainly believe that, with three points separating the five teams, there's going to be a few twists and turns.

    "We'll concentrate on the key strengths that we've brought in the last couple of games and we'll try to bring that in the remaining four.

    "If we do that, we'll give ourselves every opportunity to finish in this league higher.

    "It's going to be an absolutely terrific atmosphere and I know from my time at Firhill as a player the kind of atmosphere it can create."

  4. 1918: 

    The sides have met three times on league duty this season: with one victory apiece and a goalless draw when they last locked horns in January at St Mirren Park.

  5. 1920: 
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  6. 1922: 

    In today's other news, John Greig led tributes to the late Sandy Jardine, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

    They won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1972 and Greig was also Jardine's manager at Rangers.

    "He was always there to support me, he was a very good friend to me and I will miss him badly," said Greig.

  7. 1923: 

    And Rangers revealed they need to raise £30m by 2017, including a new share issue, in order to compete in Scottish football.

    Staff redundancies are also expected to be announced by the Ibrox club who, in a newly published review, said Rangers' financial position was "precarious".

    The Scottish League One champions, following their 120-day business review, warned they will be "unable to trade in the short term" if there is "a substantial decrease in season ticket income".

    Rangers have extended the deadline for season ticket sales until 16 May.

  8. 1924: 

    Both sides are unchanged for tonight's encounter at Firhill. St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin starts after the Buddies appealed against the red card he was shown against Hibs.

    "He's no angel: he lives by the sword and he'll die by the sword," said Danny Lennon of his captain earlier this week.

    "The staff and the players are 100% behind our captain," said Lennon. "He's a great leader, a great character and, more importantly, he's a great guy.

    "I feel that, over the course of this season, there's a 'bad boy' tag out there for Jim; a villain if you like."

  9. 1927: 

    With only three games remaining in their league calendars, both sides next face what could turn out to be defining fixtures, as St Mirren play host to fellow strugglers Ross County and Alan Archibald's Jags travel to the capital to face Hibernian - themselves not clear of the relegation mix.

    In short: it's tighter at the bottom of the table than a pair of Simon Cowell's trousers...

  10. 1929: 

    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon confided in BBC Sportsound listeners that he was thinking about the relegation play-off in the shower last night.

    He told Chick "Chico" Young that he couldn't find his rubber duck during his Premiership deliberations. The mind boggles...

  11. 1932: 
    LINE-UPS- TEAMS FROM FIRHILL

    Partick: Paul Gallacher, McMillan, Mair, Balatoni, Sinclair, Buaben, Bannigan, Erskine, Craigen, Higginbotham, Doolan. Subs: Fox, Lawless, Piccolo, Elliot, Moncur, Taylor, Fraser.

    St Mirren: Dilo, Naismith, McAusland, McGregor, Kelly, Newton, Goodwin, McGinn, McLean, McGowan, Thompson. Subs: van Zanten, Campbell, Magennis, Teale, Kello, Wylde, Djemba-Djemba.

    Referee: Calum Murray

  12. 1935: 
    Premiership play-off battle
    Scottish Premiership table

    It's tight at the bottom of the table...

  13.  
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    Scott Welsh: "Is the game on TV?"

    Yes indeed Scott, on BBC Alba!

  14. 1940: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "I want Hibs and all the sides involved in it [relegation play-off battle]"

  15. 1942: 
    BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon

    "The atmosphere is building up nicely..."

  16.  
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    Alan in Eyemouth: "Can U ask the guys what's there opinions on the play-offs & how there set up? As a Falkirk fan I would need to go to 6 games . If u take the 1st 4 games at & £18 each that's £72 on tickets & the 2 games against the 11th side that's say another £40 on tickets making it around £110 on tickets & travel costs on top of that. When they thought off this play off system did they think about the fans. And as soon as playoffs are finished season ticket renewal money will be due! It's a shocking playoff system."

  17. 1946: 
    KICK-OFF

    Hang onto your hats, we're off and running...

  18.  
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan SutherlandGET INVOLVED

    "Loving this Premiership season! Just a few games left each, every match has an edge. Predicting 2-2 tonight!"

  19. 1948: 

    St Mirren have an early sight at goal but John McGinn, pouncing on a Partick defensive lapse, fails to get a decent connection on his effort.

    A warning sign for the Jags.

  20. 1949: 
    BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

    "That's given St Mirren some early encouragement."

  21. 1951: 

    The Buddies, with their bright start inside the opening five minutes, have their tails up and are pinging the ball about with a zest and gusto. However, it remains goalless at Firhill.

  22. 1952: 

    Partick have sparked into life and force their first corner of the game...

  23. 1953: 

    Kallum Higginbotham pings it in but the St Mirren defence repels the danger. The hosts are warming to the task.

  24. 1955: 

    Another corner for Thistle after Erskine's shot is deflected wide and St Mirren's defence are creaking under this brief, intense spell of pressure.

    "It's fast and it's frantic," pants BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean.

  25.  
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    Andrew Priestley: "Hibs fans will be feeling very nervy. A win for Partick tonight and it will leave them in real danger. #bbcsportscot"

  26. 1957: 

    Despite their early impressive start, St Mirren's rearguard look far from convincing in dealing with long balls from deep inside Thistle territory.

    St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin receives a few pantomime boos for conceding a foul in midfield.

  27. 2000: 

    Thistle continue to show enterprise bombing forward and Taylor-Sinclair whips in a free kick that Dilo does well to clutch on his line. We're still waiting for the opening goal with 15 minutes gone of an entertaining encounter at Firhill.

  28.  
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    Andrew in Richhill: "At this time of the season form is everything, Hibs are in awful form and are playing with absolutely no confidence whatsoever. They are favourites for 11th place."

    Jenni: "Hibs are in freefall at the minute and they are dangerously slipping into the relegation playoff spot. Hibs' place in next season's SPL is in real doubt."

  29.  
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    Tom Watson: "Hibs could really do with both these teams losing tonight."

  30. 2005: 

    Buddies boss Danny Lennon surveys the action from his vantage point in the dugout. There's something of the Boardwalk Empire about the great man; he'll be anxious to see his side exert a bit more pressure on the Thistle defence.

  31. 2006: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Both teams are playing with more freedom than I thought they would. But it's frantic and a bit scrappy."

  32. 2010: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-0 St Mirren (Doolan)

    Kallum Higgonbotham, with his best Romario impression, dances away from a couple of St Mirren challenges before dinking a great ball into the box with the outside of his foot and Kris Doolan rises to nod the ball across Chris Dilo and into the opposite corner. What a goal!

  33. 2012: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds, with a rueful shake of the head, says he can't believe the room Kallum Higginbotham is getting. Too much space afforded to the Buddies, according to Doddsinho.

  34.  
    BBC Scotland's Johnathan SutherlandGET INVOLVED

    "Higginbotham magic makes the difference! Superb goal for #PartickThistle from Kris Doolan. #stmirren #bbcalba"

  35. 2016: 

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair gallops forward for Thistle before letting fly with a rasping drive that speeds past the stretching Kris Doolan and out for a goal kick. The hosts have the Buddies pinned in their own half, can they double their lead?

  36.  
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    Phil in Dundee: "Re: Alan in Eyemouth - 'having' to buy tickets for playoff games - I expect you pray your team never qualifies for Europe, it would be awful having to shell out for tickets and travel for those extra games! The more games your team plays in the better they're doing..."

  37.  
    On my head, son...
    Kris Doolan headed Thistle in front

    Kris Doolan headed Thistle in front following a Romario-esque cross with the outside of the boot from team-mate Kallum Higginbotham.

  38. 2024: 

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair is growing in confidence as the game progresses and another spearing run deep into St Mirren territory is brought to an abrupt halt. However, Thistle fail to profit from a promising free-kick as they seek to double their lead. Worrying times for the visitors.

  39. 2027: 

    That early John McGinn chance for St Mirren seems a long time ago and McGinn tries to combine with Kenny McLean but the Buddies are struggling to create anything of note in front of goal.

  40. 2029: 

    Thistle remain in front but only just as Jim Goodwin's effort is deflected inside the box and the hosts scramble clear somewhat unconvincingly. Better from the Buddies, with three minutes plus added time remaining in the first half.

  41. 2030: 
    PENALTY

    St Mirren have a penalty...

  42. 2031: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-1 St Mirren (McLean)

    Kallum Higginbotham is penalised for a challenge on Jason Naismith and Kenny McLean is cool as a cucumber, arrowing the spot kick past the diving Paul Gallacher. Barely with time to draw breath and that changes the respective half-time team-talks...

  43. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Partick 1-1 St Mirren

    Thistle will be beating their chests in frustration and rubbing their eyes in disbelief after conceding an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. They looked likely to add to Kris Doolan's header but Kenny McLean's penalty restores parity. The half-time orange slices will prove bitter-sweet...

  44.  
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan SutherlandGET INVOLVED

    "Thought it was a nudge from Higginbotham. Soft perhaps, but a penalty for me. Don't think it was a dive."

  45.  
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    Alva Jambo: "I thought just Hearts had worst refs, what an embarrassment the SFA is."

  46. 2045: 
    Best Buddies
    Kenny McLean equalised for St Mirren from the penalty spot

    Kenny McLean equalised for St Mirren from the penalty spot.

  47. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF

    We're back under way at Firhill...

  48.  
    Statistics from Firhill
    Stats from Firhill
  49. 2051: 

    Thistle, stung by that equaliser on the stroke of half time, have replaced Prince Buaben with Gary Fraser as manager Alan Archibald looks for his side to re-establish the lead.

  50.  
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    Anonymous: "Watching this on Alba as I wasn't allowed to buy a ticket for the Saint Mirren end tonight. This in spite of phoning Thistle to check I could pay cash and being sent to three separate parts of the ground, where Saints end tickets were supposed to be on sale. Poor stuff Thistle."

  51. 2055: 
    BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon

    "I'll be interested to see replay of penalty decision. Vast majority say ref got it right, and some aren't even St Mirren fans!"

    Referee Calum Murray was spot on in my humble opinion...

  52. 2057: 

    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon offers some tactical advice and encouragement to his troops. In truth, the second half has yet to fire the collective imagination as both sides search for some fluency.

  53. 2101: 

    Thistle survive a menacing St Mirren attack as John McGinn looks to flick the ball over the defence but his ingenuity fails to pay dividends. The game is in need of a wee bit of magic. It remains 1-1 with about half an hour remaining.

  54. 2102: 

    Lee Mair is penalised for his challenge on Steven Thompson as they challenge for a high ball, Josh Magennis trots on for Paul McGowan as Danny Lennon shuffles his St Mirren pack.

  55. 2105: 

    Kenny McLean balloons a free kick high and wide of goal with an effort that pretty much sums up the second half fare to date. Come on boys, give us a goal!

  56. 2107: 

    A little over 25 minutes remaining for either side to fashion a winner. Jordan McMillan is fouled by Sean Kelly, a foul that earns the St Mirren defender a yellow card.

  57. 2110: 

    What a chance! Kallum Higginbotham whips in a superb free-kick - reminiscent of Tottenham's Christian Eriksen - but the diving Lee Mair heads wide. Will Thistle rue that miss?

  58. 2112: 

    The rain is fairly hammering down at Firhill as another St Mirren attack fizzles out. One mistake or act of genius could decide this game.

  59. 2113: 

    Christie Elliott, on for Chris Erskine, is inches away from converting a Kallum Higgonbotham - surely a candidate for man of the match? - cross, much to the frustration of the Thistle fans.

  60. 2114: 
    BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

    "It's dog eat dog for the five teams who want to steer clear of the relegation play-off spot."

  61. 2116: 

    Lyle Taylor is on for Kris Doolan as Thistle seek a second goal at rain-lashed Firhill. Kallum Higginbotham, again with the outside of his foot, sends in a great cross but there's no takers.

  62. 2117: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    St Mirren are denied by the post as substitute Josh Magennis plays in Kenny McLean after being fed by Jim Goodwin but McLean sees his first-time effort from the edge of the box hit the woodwork and bounce to safety.

  63.  
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan SutherlandGET INVOLVED

    "McLean so unlucky! This game feels like a real cup-tie now!!!"

  64. 2120: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Superb save by Thistle keeper Paul Gallacher as he gets down to send a fizzing Sean Kelly drive out for a St Mirren corner. The visitors must've thought they'd made the crucial breakthrough but the Ninja-like Gallacher had different ideas.

  65. 2122: 

    Kallum Higginbotham, yes him again, whips in a cross for substitute Lyle Taylor to glance a header at goal... But it's well saved by goalkeeper Chris Dilo.

  66. 2124: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    It's Thistle's turn to be denied by the woodwork as Lyle Taylor rises to head Gary Fraser's cross over Chris Dilo but only to see it crash back off the crossbar.

  67. 2126: 

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair earns a booking for a scything challenge on Buddies skipper Jim Goodwin. The latter dusts himself down and trots away as a couple of pantomime boos ring out from the Thistle fans.

  68.  
    St Mirren FCGET INVOLVED

    "Attendance tonight is 5,971 - huge thanks to the terrific Saints support tonight - all 2,174 of you!"

  69. 2131: 

    One minute plus added time remaining at Firhill. Can either side find a late, late, late winner?

  70. 2132: 
    ADDED TIME

    Two minutes of added time at Firhill...

  71. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Partick 1-1 St Mirren

    The Buddies will be the happier of the sides after cancelling out Kris Doolan's goal, courtesy of Kenny McLean's penalty, to retain their one-point lead over Thistle and leapfrog Hibs in seventh place.

  72. 2135: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "You would have to say that a draw's probably been a fair result."

  73. 2138: 
    St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean

    "The scoreline is probably right. We weren't great in the first half but came right into it in the second. We've hit the post and they've hit the bar. I probably should've scored [with the shot against the post] but these things happen.

    "We were much better in the second half."

  74.  
    St Mirren climb up to seventh
    Premiership table

    The draw for the Buddies means they climb above Hibs ahead of Sunday's Edinburgh derby.

  75. 2150: 
    Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald

    "You can see there's nerves out there with certain decisions. It's vital you don't lose in the bottom six and ensure you take something from games. We did that. Higginbotham was fantastic and there was a real hunger about him tonight; it was a great cross and a great finish. The lads are all positive in there [the dressing room] and it was a good performance from us."

  76. 2152: 
    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

    "The sides contested the game well but it wasn't a game for the purists. Great credit to the supporters who turned out in numbers tonight. I want to praise my players for the character they've shown to get back into the game after getting back into the game.

    "We've got three very important games to come."

  77. 2200: 

    So, with nerves jangling as the Premiership season nears its conclusion, Thistle and St Mirren draw in a scrappy encounter at Firhill.

    They remain in danger of the relegation play-off but appear content with a share of the spoils. Thanks for your company tonight, we're back tomorrow with Ross County facing Kilmarnock as the play-off drama continues.

    Highlights of Thistle v St Mirren will be on our site later. Cheers.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 25 Apr 2014 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 34 66 89
No movement 2 Aberdeen 34 17 64
No movement 3 Motherwell 34 5 61
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 34 15 54
No movement 5 Inverness CT 34 5 53
No movement 6 St Johnstone 34 9 51
Moving up 7 St Mirren 35 -19 35
Moving down 8 Hibernian 34 -17 34
Moving up 9 Partick Thistle 35 -20 34
Moving down 10 Kilmarnock 34 -17 33
No movement 11 Ross County 34 -20 31
No movement 12 Hearts 34 -24 16