Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 2-2 Hamilton Academical

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Firhill
Chris Erskine and Lennard Sowah
Thistle and Accies have one league win each all season

Partick Thistle moved off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, despite being pegged back by Hamilton Academical at Firhill.

Accies went ahead through Massimo Donati's header but Ryan Edwards' strike levelled matters.

Liam Lindsay nodded Thistle ahead for the first time shortly before half-time

The hosts were on course for only their second league win of the season until Eamonn Brophy fired Hamilton's equaliser late on.

Familiar frailties

The result extends both sides' winless runs - Thistle's to eight games and Accies' to five. However, Dundee slip below the Jags following defeat at Hearts. Hamilton are two points ahead of the bottom two.

Both will be frustrated at surrendering leads - Accies have now scored the opening goal in eight of their nine league games and yet they only have one win to show for it.

Alan Archibald's side are now unbeaten in their last nine meetings with Accies, but in truth the result is not one that suits either club.

Hamilton celebrate
Donati and Brophy both got their first league goals this term

Hamilton hit the front again

Offensively, Accies are not doing much wrong. They created numerous clear-cut opportunities as they controlled the opening period - Rakish Bingham and Grant Gillespie both went close - and finally got the goal their play deserved.

After Ryan Scully had brilliantly kept out Alex D'Acol's header, Donati powered home Ali Crawford's resultant corner.

Both Bingham and D'Acol were denied again before the break, but Accies were undone by defensive failings, which have infuriated their player-manager Martin Canning in recent weeks.

He has bemoaned their inability to see games out and will feel both of Thistle's first-half goals were entirely preventable, each coming as Accies failed to stop crosses from the flanks.

Liam Lindsay scores
Defender Lindsay got his fourth goal of the season

Jags fight back

Credit has to go to Thistle though. They may not have created as many openings as their opponents, but were more ruthless in front of goal as Edwards capitalised on an unkind ricochet inside the six-yard box and Lindsay rose unchallenged to head past Gary Woods.

They might have won the match as Christie Elliott and Callum Booth pulled good saves out of Woods.

And though they called Woods into action twice more after Brophy's late shot, the outcome was probably a fair one.

Reaction

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "We started the second half really brightly and had two great chances. If we put them to bed it might have taken the wind out of Hamilton but credit to them, they keep on going and defensively it's awful from us.

"Good, attacking displays from both teams. I think defensively there were too many chances in the game and that's what's killing us at the moment - not putting the game to bed at the right times and then we can't see the game out.

Interviews: Archibald and Canning

"There's a lot of positives, a lot of good stuff going forward, we just need to find that strong mindset to see games out. We've not got that just now. We've let the lead slip again and that's been the last two home games."

Hamilton Academical player-manager Martin Canning: "We probably slightly shaded it but away from home, 2-1 down late in the game we'll take the point.

"We missed too many opportunities but you could say the same about Thistle so maybe over the piece it's a fair result but I thought for large spells we controlled the game.

"Performance-wise I'm relatively pleased but we've got to be ruthless defensively.

"It's going to be a tough, long season because there's so little between fifth or sixth in the league down to 12th that it's one moment in the game where you put the ball in the back of the net or stop an opportunity and at the moment we're not picking up enough three points."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Scully
  • 23GordonBooked at 54mins
  • 15Devine
  • 5Lindsay
  • 3Booth
  • 6Osman
  • 19Edwards
  • 13Barton
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forElliottat 78'minutes
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forAmooat 66'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forAzeezat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Welsh
  • 7Amoo
  • 14Elliott
  • 16Azeez
  • 18Wilson
  • 20McDaid
  • 35Stuckmann

Hamilton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 34Woods
  • 6Gillespie
  • 89SarrisBooked at 40mins
  • 21Donati
  • 46Sowah
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 7Imrie
  • 8DochertyBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMcMannat 77'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 15BinghamSubstituted forBrophyat 63'minutes
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forKurtajat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Redmond
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 23McMann
  • 27Want
  • 35Thomson
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,843

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away22
Shots on Target
Home7
Away10
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle).

  4. Post update

    Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Ziggy Gordon (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 2. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical).

  17. Post update

    Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Gramoz Kurtaj replaces Alejandro D'Acol.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Chris Erskine.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.