Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen v Partick Thistle

Aberdeen move into second place in the Scottish Premiership as they defeat eighth-placed Partick Thistle 4-0.

4 November 2013 Last updated at 22:55

As it happened

  1. 1907: 

    Welcome to our live text coverage of tonight's Scottish Premiership meeting between Aberdeen and Partick Thistle. Hopefully, the action from Pittodrie will warm you up on a chilly November evening.

  2. 1909: 

    The big news today is that BBC Scotland has learned that Terry Butcher has agreed terms to become Hibernian manager. Inverness Caledonian Thistle have issued a statement saying that Butcher has told them that he has had no contact with the Edinburgh club. Hibs have yet to contact their Premiership rivals. What do Hibs and Inverness fans think of the possible switch?

  3. 1913: 
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  4. 1915: 

    Partick Thistle goalkeeper Scott Fox received some great news ahead of tonight's game when he was named in Gordon Strachan's squad for friendlies against the United States and Norway. No Leigh Griffiths or Ross McCormack among a few others left out. What do you think of Strachan's choices?

  5. 1917: 

    Ryan Gauld and John Souttar, who had been the subject of a failed £600,000 bid from Sunderland, are two of four Dundee United youngsters to have signed contract extensions at the Tannadice club. Surely a news story that should delight Arabs fans. Give us your thoughts.

  6. 1919: 

    The other big story of the day is that Scottish football will be broadcast live in China for the first time after a 10-year rights contract was agreed with an online streaming provider. Are Scottish football finances turning the corner?

  7. 1920: 

    Anyway, back to tonight's match, with Aberdeen seeking a fourth straight victory, the latest being a 2-0 win away to Motherwell in the League Cup last midweek. They have not conceded a goal in those three matches.

  8. 1921: 

    Partick Thistle suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to reigning champions Celtic in their last outing. However, they are unbeaten in their last two fixtures on the road.

  9. 1922: 

    The Dons won 3-0 when they visited Firhill on 14 September. Calvin Zola, Peter Pawlett and Josh Magennis were Aberdeen's scorers in Glasgow. Can they repeat such a convincing victory tonight?

  10. 1923: 
    LINE-UPS

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Jack, Hector, Reynolds, Considine, Pawlett, Flood, Smith, Hayes, Zola, McGinn. Subs: Anderson, Vernon, Robson, Wylde, Low, Weaver, Shankland.

    Partick Thistle: Fox, Stephen O'Donnell, Muirhead, Piccolo, Sinclair, Osbourne, Welsh, Bannigan, Craigen, Higginbotham, Doolan. Subs: Forbes, Paul Gallacher, Elliot, McMillan, Baird, Kerr, Mukendi.

    Referee: Brian Colvin

  11. 1927: 

    Aberdeen have been forced to reshuffle their back four, with full-backs Joe Shaughnessy and Clark Robertson missing out. Shaughnessy is suspended after his red card on League Cup duty last week, while Robertson is set to undergo surgery on a knee problem. Andrew Considine comes into the central defence, with Ryan Jack moving from midfield to right-back and Mark Reynolds at left-back. The impressive Michael Hector replaces the rested Russell Anderson at centre-half, while Cammy Smith starts up front.

  12. 1928: 
    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We have had to make a few changes. Young Clark goes in for an operation on Wednesday. Ryan Jack will play right-back with Joe Shaughnessy's suspension.

    "Russell Anderson's experience has been vital in recent weeks, but I am mindful of his injury problems in the past.

    "And, with three games in nine days, we decided it was time to bring young Michael Hector back into the team.

    "Thistle go out and ask questions of you, but we had a strong performance down there and we forced the issue and something similar will be required tonight."

  13. 1930: 

    Alan Archibald's Partick Thistle are without defender Conrad Balatoni. So former Barcelona defender Gabriel Piccolo steps into a side otherwise unchanged from the 2-0 defeat by Celtic last week.

  14.  

    Sebo: "Always knew taking in those pandas would pay off #bbcsportscot" We get the pandas, they get the Scottish Premiership live on TV. Which do you find the more entertaining though?

  15. 1941: 

    My colleague, Kenny Crawford, who will be writing the match report, is predicting "a sobering night for Scotland call-up Scott Fox" in the Partick Thistle goal. Anyone care to agree? Dons fans or otherwise!

  16.  

    Graeme Irvine: "Haha nice to hear former Barca player Piccolo getting a game and I wonder what happened to Doolan's goal against Celtic? #bbcsportscot"

  17. 1943: 
    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I've seen their last two games and Aberdeen have been outstanding.

    "We went to Inverness and got a victory, so hopefully we can do the same tonight.

    "We'll need 11 players being at their very best.

    "There's weaknesses in their team - not many - but hopefully we can exploit them."

  18.  

    Jay: "Expecting a cracking game tonight. Will be fascinating to see how Aberdeen respond to a different line-up in defence #bbcsportscot"

  19.  

    Hugh Merlin: "Big Zola to get a double today. Carry on from where he started last time in Glasgow please! Come on the Dons! #BBCsportscot"

  20. 1945: 

    Looks like we are going to be a tad late in kicking off with the teams still in the tunnel!

  21. 1948: 
    KICK-OFF

    We're off, with Partick Thistle in their grey away strip. A few teams have found grey strips to be a bad omen, so will it work in the Dons' favour?

  22. 1952: 

    Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds makes a good start in the left-back position, breaking down the wing and sending in a curling cross that Calvin Zola heads over from 10 yards.

  23. 1954: 
    Former Aberdeen and Partick Thistle striker Billy Dodds on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The home side are looking good down this left-hand side. They are looking dangerous, Aberdeen"

  24. 1957: 

    Former Aberdeen defender and manager Willie Miller reckons that Calvin Zola should have got that header on target at least. The striker is 6ft 3in and still could not reach Mark Reynold's cross. Does Willie think he should have grabbed a step-ladder?

  25.  

    Tom: "#bbcsportscot not sure Piccolo did ever play for Barca. Simon Colina did though." Well spotted, Tom. Piccolo did play in Spain, with Rayo Vallecano and it was Colina who was on Barca's books. I am off to shoot my researchers!

  26.  

    FeedMeDigital: "Quiet afternoon at work here in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hoping Dons/Thistle match updates will enliven the day. #bbcsportscot #PostLunchStupor" Good to hear we are reaching as far as the home of the brilliant Devo. I've got a Gut Feeling there are going to be too many Sloppy passes and not enough Satisfaction at Pittodrie. Okay, I know Devo are from Akron, not Cincinnati, but it's close enough for me!

  27. 2004: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Scott Fox brings off a superb save that in one stretch of his right arm justifies his inclusion in the Scotland squad as the Partick Thistle goalkeeper turns away a Calvin Zola volley to prevent Aberdeen taking the lead.

  28. 2006: 

    Partick Thistle win their first corner and Gabriel Piccolo is denied by a deflection off the elongated leg of Calvin Zola as the Mexican fires at goal from only 10 yards.

  29. 2010: 

    Stuart Bannigan fires well wide from 20 yards after the Partick Thistle midfielder makes space for himself with a swift turn away from his marker.

  30.  

    Dougie Kinnear: "Impressive save from a flying Fox! Still expect a goal from Big Zola! #bbcsportscot"

  31. 2012: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-0 Partick Thistle (Niall McGinn)

    Jonny Hayes wins a rather soft free-kick 20 yards from goal and Niall McGinn curls a beautifully precise drive over the wall that beats Scott Fox at his near post. It looks like Stuart Bannigan ducked out of the way. He might not have been able to reach McGinn's shot even if he had jumped, but it still doesn't look good for the Partick Thistle midfielder.

  32.  

    Stuart Morrision: "Who needs Andrea Pirlo when you've got @nmcginn10 #bbcsportscot?" The free-kick certainly was reminiscent of the Italian maestro. Pirloesque!

  33. 2024: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "Someone has done something wrong in the Thistle defence. McGinn did well to curl it, but it shouldn't be going into the goal at that height"

  34. 2027: 

    Partick Thistle are seeing plenty of the ball. But, as pointed out earlier, they don't have any former Barcelona players who can employ tiki-taka football that can break down the Dons defence.

  35. 2027: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 2-0 Partick Thistle (Calvin Zola)

    Aberdeen show Thistle how to penetrate as goalscorer Niall McGinn finds Peter Pawlett, who makes space for himself just inside the penalty box and his powerful low cross is turned over the line by the sliding Calvin Zola from close range.

  36. 2030: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "Great, well-worked goal by Aberdeen, but the two goals conceded by Thistle have been fairly naive"

  37.  

    Andrew Priestly: "Bannigan chooses to protect his face over helping his team keep a clean sheet. Just about sums up the modern-day footballer! #bbcsportscot"

  38.  

    Dougie Kinnear: "Told you Big Zola would get a goal! #bbcsportscot" Can I get you to pick my Lottery numbers too?

  39. 2033: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Aberdeen winger Peter Pawlett goes into the book for a reckless challenge into the back of Kallum Higginbotham. The Thistle forward is also shown a yellow card for a swinging foot in retaliation. Both could have easily seen red for that!

  40. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME - Aberdeen 2-0 Partick Thistle
  41. 2038: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "It has been too easy for Aberdeen. Thistle have had more than their fair share of the ball, it has been lovely to watch, all very nice, but they just look soft at the back. Aberdeen have not had many chances, but any time they have attacked, they have looked dangerous. Although they are pretty to watch, Partick, they have a soft centre. Aberdeen have not done anything special to have a 2-0 lead"

  42.  

    Illman76: "#bbcsportscot Bang goes my fantasy about going in 1-0 down and re-grouping for the 2nd half."

  43. 2041: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "To be fair, Thistle are not always like that. Sometimes you don't perform against certain teams and it was the same the last time. Derek McInnes has just set his side up to be tight knowing they can hurt Thistle at the back."

  44. 2047: 

    The pundits on BBC Radio Scotland are suggesting that there is a constant in Thistle's poor showings against Aberdeen and that is Gabriel Piccolo. The defender's one previous start in the league was in the 3-0 defeat by Aberdeen and he has not had a good night tonight in place of the injured Conrad Balatoni. Is Piccolo your pick for Partick's biggest culprit?

  45.  

    Anon: "Watching the game live at home. Higginbotham lashed out with a kick right in front of ref but only picks up booking. Is it less than what Scott brown did? I am a Stranraer fan, but inconsistency is very irritating." Higginbotham is certainly a lucky boy. Maybe the difference is it is a Scottish rather than a French referee tonight!

  46. 2050: 
    KICK-OFF

    Partick Thistle get the second half underway hoping for a fightback that until now looks unlikely.

  47. 2051: 

    Partick Thistle have switched their formation slightly and they quickly have a sight of goal, but Sean Welsh slices his shot well wide from 20 yards.

  48. 2056: 

    Kallum Higginbotham is pulled down the Michael Hector 20 yards from goal but makes a mess of the training-ground routine at the free-kick and his shot is blocked on the edge of the penalty area.

  49. 2059: 

    Kris Doolan has an effort blocked while James Craigen fires wildly past the post as Thistle begin to apply a bit of pressure at last.

  50.  

    Euan Morrison: "#bbcsportscot Good day. Day off school in Egypt because of Morsi trial and a soon to be a victory for the Dons. #COYR." One wonders what result you are hoping for in the court case involving the former leader, or if Mohammed is watching the game from his cell. If it is good enough for the Chinese...

  51. 2106: 

    Wow! Partick Thistle have a shot on target. However, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair's free-kick from 22 yards is straight into the arms of Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

  52. 2109: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 3-0 Partick Thistle (Michael Hector)

    Oh what a clever young Hector, as Aberdeen's Michael makes room for himself 20 yards from goal before firing a blistering drive past Scott Fox. Poor Thistle defending, though, as the big defender wasn't closed down quickly enough.

  53. 2109: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Kallum Higginbotham almost scores a spectacular and immediate reply straight from the kick-off. The striker fires a looping drive from just inside the Aberdeen half over goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, but the spectacular effort crashes off the top of the crossbar. So close to one of the goals of the season.

  54. 2113: 

    Jamie Langfield at last has to earn his win bonus as a Kallum Higginbotham drive from just inside the penalty box is deflected off a defender and the Aberdeen goalkeeper has to backtrack before scooping the ball clear off the goal-line.

  55. 2115: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "Thistle have been far more positive and direct in the second half and look like a team that can hold their own in the Premiership."

  56.  

    Alan Grant: "@BBCSportScot honeymooning in Antigua, but timing perfect for the Mrs' afternoon nap, and the game on #bbcsportscot live feed. #COYR" Well, congratulations Alan and glad we could be of service!

  57. 2118: 

    Niall McGinn tries a chip over Partick Thistle goalkeeper Scott Fox, but the Aberdeen forward's effort is a couple of feet over the crossbar as he seeks his first goal from open play this season.

  58.  

    Dougie Kinnear: "Are you saying kicking an opponent is allowed in Scotland & not in France? Interesting interpretation of some poor refereeing! #bbcsportscot." Maybe better to suggest a different interpretation of the rules rather than any lack of quality from our officials.

  59. 2122: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Partick Thistle defender Gabriel Piccolo is having a nightmare night in his No.13 shirt and goes into the referee's book for a late tackle.

  60. 2124: 

    Aaron Muirhead tries to do a Michael Hector, but the Partick Thistle defender is unable to match his Dons counterpart as he trundles his drive straight at goalkeeper Jamie Langfield after thrusting into the penatly box.

  61. 2126: 

    Partick Thistle's Gabriel Piccolo could have made up for his early lapses in defence but heads well over after rising to meet a free-kick at the back post.

  62. 2127: 

    A desperate last-ditch tackle from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair denies Jonny Hayes in front of the Thistle goal and, from the corner, Willo Flood's long-range effort curls just wide.

  63. 2130: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 4-0 Partick Thistle (Niall McGinn)

    Niall McGinn gets that goal from open play he has been waiting for - and his second of the night. On-loan Reading man Michael Hector rounds off his own superb display with a run down the right and a brilliant cross that is volleyed into the roof of the net by the Northern Ireland forward at the front post from six yards.

  64. 2136: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "Aberdeen are just enjoying their football at the moment. They are trying little tricks and free-flowing football that their fans are enjoying"

  65. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME - Aberdeen 4-0 Partick Thistle

    The curse of the grey strip strikes again as Partick Thistle suffer their heaviest defeat of the season.

  66. 2140: 

    Aberdeen equal the biggest win in the Scottish Premiership this season to move back above Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Motherwell and into second spot, four points behind Celtic, although the reigning champions have a game in hand.

  67. 2142: 

    The most impressive thing about the result is that Aberdeen were able to record such a convincing win without playing their best football. They were clinical when they needed to be, although it has to be said that they were helped on their way by some lax Partick Thistle defending.

  68. 2143: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "This is an Aberdeen team on their way back, full of confidence."

  69. 2144: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "Thistle played particularly well in the second half, but they were so open and naive at times. At the back, they are comfortable on the ball, but they don't give me confidence that they can be miserly."

  70. 2146: 

    That is four straight victories for Aberdeen - and four clean sheets. Derek McInnes' side are certainly giving indications that they are emerging as the second force in the Scottish Premiership.

  71. 2149: 
    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The quality of the goals were fitting to win any game.

    "We were not at our best, but give credit to the opposition as they have collected a few points on the road.

    "We were up against a team that want to handle the ball well.

    "We knew that we would not get it all our own say, but winning 4-0 at home, you can't be unhappy with that.

    "We had to dig it out at times. We defended brilliantly."

  72.  

    Andrew Priestly: "Great win for Aberdeen tonight, taking them to the dizzying heights of 2nd place. It's like a flashback to the 1980s! #bbcsportscot."

    Dougie Kinnear: "Great all-round team performance tonight from back to front! Need a long-term deal for Hector! #sheepareonfire #bbcsportscot #wakinggiant"

    Illman76: "#bbcsportscot Wouldn't mind if Thistle learned anything from results like that. Too smug and complacent about our alleged 'proper football'."

  73. 2155: 

    We are still waiting on Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald to emerge and give us his thoughts at Pittodrie.

  74. 2158: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller

    "Watching them for the first time in the flesh tonight, the way Thistle pass and their movement was encouraging in the second half, but if they play as they did in the first half, they are in danger of being in that relegation play-off spot as they have a soft centre."

  75. 2201: 
    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Aberdeen were more clinical and we gave them too much space in the first half.

    "I thought we had learned from that in the first game, but obviously we hadn't.

    "It is hard to say how much you miss someone, but we miss Conrad Balatoni's organisation, but to be fair to Gabby, he did well.

    "For spells of the game, we can knock the ball about, but the big difference is decision-making at the right times."

  76. 2203: 

    Partick Thistle remain eighth in the Premiership table after that defeat and will perhaps now start looking behind them. They host St Mirren on Saturday looking for their first league home win of the season and remain only five points ahead of the second-bottom Buddies, who have two games in hand.

  77. 2205: 

    For Aberdeen, it is onwards and upwards, second top of the Premiership, having also reached the League Cup semi-finals, and they will host bottom-placed Hearts on Saturday full of confidence and perhaps even dreaming (if only tonight) of challenging Celtic at the table's summit.

  78. 2208: 

    Thanks for your company and all your texts and tweets this evening. Join us again on Wednesday, when Celtic will be hoping to complete a Champions League Group H double over Ajax.

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