An initially lacklustre Dundee fought back to draw against Partick Thistle, but missed a penalty in the process.

Gary Fraser's 20-yard strike found the top left corner to give the Jags an early lead but Craig Wighton rolled in a nice equaliser after the break.

Thistle's Danny Seaborne conceded the penalty on the hour-mark and goalkeeper Scott Fox was sent off in the aftermath following a tussle with Paul McGowan.

However, sub goalkeeper Paul Gallacher saved Gary Harkins' spot-kick.

So a great chance missed by Paul Hartley's men to get their first Premiership win, but Alan Archibald's Thistle deserved their point on their excellent first-half showing alone.

Eager not to lose momentum from their impressive victory over Ross County on Wednesday, Thistle quickly made a bee-line for the Dundee goal.

Scotland under-21 international Bannigan had already missed, criminally, with a header from six yards before Fraser silenced the home support.

The former Bolton midfielder picked up from where he left off after hitting the net midweek.

Here, the 20-year-old collected the ball from Steven Lawless 20-yards out and smashed the ball high into the top left corner, leaving Letheren with no chance.

James McPake crucially blocked another Jags chance and the visitors continued to come forward despite the loss of left-back Jordan McMillan to injury.

The foot of Welsh 'keeper Letheren denied Bannigan following a bit of dithering by Paul McGinn.

Dundee struggled to create, Peter MacDonald going closest with a free-kick, as frustration grew on and off the Dens Park pitch.

On it, home midfielder Paul McGowan got nutmegged by Jags right-back Stephen O'Donnell and the former St Mirren man was not happy.

Dundee's Craig Wighton (2nd left) is hoisted into the air as he celebrates his equaliser.

Dundee's Craig Wighton (2nd left) is hoisted into the air as he celebrates his equaliser.

Off it, the Dark Blues fans were able to count on one finger the amount of clear chances they had created, and boos rang out when referee Craig Charleston blew the half-time whistle.

The introduction of 17-year-old Craig Wighton soon changed that.

Jim McAlister burrowed through a few challenges on the edge of the box and Dundee-born Wighton kept his cool to roll the ball past on-rushing keeper Fox.

Then it all kicked off.

At a set-piece, Thistle defender Seaborne brought down McPake in the box for a penalty. But in the fall-out, Fox tussled with McGowan and referee Charleston saw enough to dismiss the goalkeeper.

Substitute keeper Gallacher immediately made himself a hero by saving Harkins' penalty with his trailing leg.

Peter MacDonald and McGowan both went close to winning it for Dundee but the draw was a fair result.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Dundee

  • 01 Letheren
  • 19 McGinn
  • 03 Dyer (Irvine - 47' )
  • 20 McAlister
  • 05 McPake
  • 04 Konrad
  • 11 Ferry
  • 29 Harkins (Boyle - 78' )
  • 09 MacDonald
  • 21 Tankulic (Wighton - 45' )
  • 18 McGowan

Substitutes

  • 02 Irvine
  • 06 Davidson
  • 12 Bain
  • 15 Stewart
  • 17 Benedictus
  • 23 Boyle
  • 33 Wighton

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox Dismissed
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 16 McMillan Booked (Keenan - 15' )
  • 15 Higginbotham (Elliott - 69' )
  • 06 Balatoni Booked
  • 03 Seaborne Booked
  • 18 Osman
  • 22 Fraser
  • 10 Stevenson
  • 11 Lawless (Gallacher - 62' )
  • 08 Bannigan

Substitutes

  • 05 Muirhead
  • 07 Craigen
  • 09 Doolan
  • 12 Gallacher
  • 14 Elliott
  • 28 Duggan
  • 30 Keenan
Ref: Craig Charleston
Att: 6,453

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

3 5

Corners

2 1

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dundee 1, Partick Thistle 1.

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Partick Thistle 1.

90:00 +3:21

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Christie Elliott.

86:41

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:41

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

85:29

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

83:45

Gary Irvine (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:45

Foul by Dale Keenan (Partick Thistle).

81:18

Attempt missed. James McPake (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

79:57

Hand ball by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

77:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee. Martin Boyle replaces Gary Harkins.

74:15

Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:15

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

70:25

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

70:08

Attempt saved. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

69:14

Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

68:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

63:10

Gary Irvine (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:10

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

62:02

Penalty saved! Gary Harkins (Dundee) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Paul Gallacher replaces Steven Lawless.

60:26 Dismissal

Dismissal Scott Fox (Partick Thistle) is shown the red card.

59:31 Booking

Booking Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

59:16

Penalty Dundee. James McPake draws a foul in the penalty area.

59:16

Penalty conceded by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) after a foul in the penalty area.

58:06 Booking

Booking Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

58:00

Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:44

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

56:56

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

56:56

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:28

Foul by James McPake (Dundee).

55:28

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee 1, Partick Thistle 1. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jim McAlister.

51:59

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

50:50

Gary Irvine (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:50

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

49:09

Hand ball by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

48:32

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

47:58

Jim McAlister (Dundee) hits the bar with a right footed shot from long range on the right from a direct free kick.

47:31

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:31

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

45:00

Second Half begins Dundee 0, Partick Thistle 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Luka Tankulic.

45:00 +2:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dundee 0, Partick Thistle 1.

45:00 +2:00

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:59

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

45:00 +1:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee. Gary Irvine replaces Willie Dyer because of an injury.

42:38

Delay in match Willie Dyer (Dundee) because of an injury.

42:23

Foul by Willie Dyer (Dundee).

42:23

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:20

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:20

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

35:28

Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:28

Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

34:24

Foul by Paul McGinn (Dundee).

34:24

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:36

Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

32:36

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:55

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

31:55

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:29

Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).

31:29

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:45

Paul McGinn (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:45

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

25:15

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

24:07

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

24:07

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:30

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

22:30

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:33

Attempt saved. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

19:48

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:48

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

19:12

Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).

19:12

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Dale Keenan replaces Jordan McMillan because of an injury.

14:10 Booking

Booking Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

10:36

Attempt missed. Peter MacDonald (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

10:00

Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:52

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

9:06

Attempt saved. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:51

Attempt blocked. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:45

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:45

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

7:07

Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:31

Attempt saved. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:44

Attempt saved. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

3:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee 0, Partick Thistle 1. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven Lawless.

2:01

Attempt missed. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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